Architects design new buildings, extensions or alterations to existing structures and advise on the restoration and conservation of historic properties.

Practice Area Architecture
What skills are required?
  • Creativity and design skills
  • Good written communication and presentation skills
  • Teamwork and the ability to work with clients and other professionals
  • Maths and IT skills
What qualifications are required? The typical route to qualification involves five years study at university and completion of a minimum of two years’ practical experience. Alternatives include part time study or apprenticeships. On completion of the training, you can apply to register as an architect with the Architects Registration Board (ARB)
What is it like in practice? Architects often work in consultancies or practices, as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Work is project based. Clients range from residential house-owners to those commissioning state of the art public and private buildings.
Work Environment Split between office and site work, meetings with clients and other professionals.
Employment opportunities Architects work for private practices, central and local government. Other employers include construction companies, commercial and industrial organisations and retailers and manufacturers. There are also apprenticeships in Architecture available
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You might like this role if you enjoy:

  • Using science, technology and design to plan new and enhance existing buildings
  • Project management

See more skills used in architecture:

  • Combining work in an office and on site
  • Visual intelligence and perceptual skills to use plans, charts and diagrams
  • Creativity and problem solving to create meet client requirements and environmental factors
  • Understanding how buildings are constructed and materials used in the process