Architect

Architects design new buildings and the spaces around them, and work on the restoration and conservation of existing buildings.

Potential salary
£27,500 to £90,000
Working hours
35 to 40 a week
  • design skills and knowledge
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • customer service skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • maths knowledge
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

In this role you could :

  • create hand sketches, 3D models and detailed technical plans using computer aided design (CAD) software
  • create a plan, following building laws and safety regulations
  • find cost-effective ways to work within budgets
  • manage construction projects
  • choose or advise on materials
  • visit sites to check building work and progress
  • communicate and share ideas with clients, other architects, and architectural technologists and technicians
  • write reports and job proposals and complete planning applications

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work in a creative studio, in an office or visit sites.

If you're working for a private architectural firm, you may be able to move up to become a partner or associate.

With experience in public sector roles, you could move into a lead architect job.

You could also work on projects as a freelance consultant, or set up your own business.

You may get opportunities to work overseas.

You can find out more about becoming an architect from the Royal Institute of British Architects and Go Construct.

You can also find out more about working in creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.

Data from National Careers Service.
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