The run-down on how to become an architect.

Ivana Plechacova and Cosntance Desenfant, Architectural Assistants.

Ivana Plechacova and Cosntance Desenfant, Architectural Assistants.


What does an architect do?

Architects design and create plans and technical drawings of buildings. They may also work on restoration and renovation of existing buildings, for example designing a new extension for a house. Architects work on both commercial buildings (like airports, train stations, shopping centres and supermarkets) and residential projects (think Grand Designs or a loft conversion).

You’ll need to be creative and have good maths and numeracy skills to become an architect. 


What do you need to do to become an architect?

To become an architect, you will need to complete a architecture degree which is recognised by the Architects Registration Board (ARB). You’ll also need two years’ professional experience as a trainee architect or architect’s assistant (see our two case studies). 

To take a recognised degree you will need: five GCSEs A*- C including English, maths and science and three A-levels. Some universities prefer a maths or a science subject. Some universities require a portfolio of work, so an art / design based A-level might be useful.

Course entry requirements vary form university to university so you’ll need to do your research

Other level 3 courses (BTECs) might also acceptable, but you’ll need to check with directly with the university you’re applying to.

Qualified Architects in the UK must complete their Part 1, 2 and 3 qualifications and be registered to the Architects Registration Board (ARB).


What does an architect earn?

According to Adrem ( an architecture & design recruitment agencythese are the sorts of salaries you can expect.

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Please note all salaries exclude benefits.
**Please note, vary from company to company and this information is a guide only.






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