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Architect Profile


Introduction


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Architect. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Architect
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Architect Work Information

 

Finding Suitable Work

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Working Duties Expected

Architects design and construct new buildings, restore and conserve old ones, and plan the layout of whole groups of buildings and the spaces around them. The architect is responsible for the building project from the earliest stages right through to completion.

Designs are produced based on clients' requirements, taking into account cost, safety and social factors, and any building and planning regulations. On larger jobs a team of architects work together.

Once the design is agreed, a further set of detailed working drawings are produced for the building contractor, showing precise dimensions and the materials to be used. In addition to liaising closely with contractors, engineers, surveyors, lawyers and planning departments, the architect will regularly inspect the construction work to assess progress.

Hours and Environment

Most architects work 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, but deadlines and work load can sometimes mean working unsocial hours. Some architects may be on-call 24 hours a day, and travelling to sites and meetings can involve spending time away from home.

The work is mostly office-based although some time will be spent visiting clients, planners, builders and sites. This means being outside in all weathers, and includes walking, climbing ladders and scaffolding, and wearing safety equipment such as hard hats and boots.

Skills and Interests

To be an architect you should:

  • have an interest in buildings and their uses
  • have practical and scientific skills
  • have a methodical, logical and analytical approach
  • have design and computer/CAD skills
  • have strong mathematical ability to work out costings
  • have good business awareness with communication and negotiating skills
  • be able to manage and lead teams of people
  • be able to accept pressure and criticism of your work
  • be aware of the social and environmental factors of your work
  • be physically fit to cope with site inspections, although people with disabilities can work as architects


Entry

You will need a recognised degree in architecture from one of 36 schools of architecture. Minimum entry requirements for a degree are two A levels/three H grades, with at least three GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) including maths, English language and a science subject. Some schools may ask for three A levels/ four H grades and specify certain subjects. Equivalent qualifications may be accepted - check with individual schools for details.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.

Those with at least six years' continuous practical architectural experience and the minimum qualifications needed for entry to a degree course in architecture may become an external candidate and work towards professional exams. Those transferring from associated professions may be exempt from some parts of the examinations. Those who have already gained a recognised degree need only three years' practical experience to become an external candidate.

Training

Architects train for a minimum of seven years, which consists of:

  • a degree programme on a recognised university course lasting three or four years (Part 1)
  • a year working in an architect's office
  • a further two years full-time, or four years part-time, studying for a diploma or higher degree (Part 2)
  • a further year's work experience followed by the Professional Practice Examination (Part 3).


Having gained these qualifications candidates can register as an architect.

Qualified architects keep up-to-date by means of short courses run internally at their own firms, or by organisations such as the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
The Conference on Training in Architectural Conservation has information on a variety of conservation courses covering building crafts conservation techniques through to undergraduate and postgraduate awards in conservation. See COTAC website for details.

Opportunities

Most architects work in private practices, but opportunities exist in the public sector or in-house for a wide range of commercial and industrial organisations involved in areas such as retail, leisure and tourism, and banking. Job-sharing and part-time employment is common, as is contract and freelance work. Many architects set up their own practices.

There is no set promotional structure within private sector architecture and individuals will progress depending on their skill, competence and experience. In public sector work it is possible to progress to chief architect level.

There are opportunities to work abroad as many private practices have contracts or offices overseas.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only. Salaries vary depending on the type of practice or organisation and its location.

Entrants studying RIBA exams earn between £8,000 and £20,000 a year.
The average salary for a qualified architect with experience is £28,000.
Senior architects earn upwards of £35,500.
Chief architects in the public sector earn in excess of £41,000 a year.

Freelance contract rates are approximately £10 to £20 an hour.

Further information

Architects Registration Board
8 Weymouth Street
London
W1W 5BU
Tel: 020 7580 5861
www.arb.org.uk

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
66 Portland Place
London
W1B 1AD
Tel: 020 7580 5533
www.architecture.com

Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)
15 Rutland Square
Edinburgh
EH1 2BE
Tel: 0131 229 7545
www.rias.org.uk

Conference on Training in Architectural Conservation (COTAC)
www.cotac.org.uk

Other Useful Architect Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Architect job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

Locations where we feature Jobs include:-
Aberdeen, Berkshire, Aberdeen, Bath, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Cardiff, Central London, Cheltenham, Cornwall, Coventry, Derby, Devon, Docklands, Dorset, Dundee, Durham, East Midlands, East Sussex, Edinburgh, Essex, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leeds, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Midlands and in various parts of the West Midlands

Details of other Architect Jobs can also be found in other UK wide areas including:-
Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire. 

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