Helping you find a career in the architecture industry
Houses, hospitals, shopping centres, iconic skyscrapers… architects are the driving force behind almost every building in existence, creating everything from our family homes to our city skylines. Quite simply, they dream-up, plan and create the world - and in the process influence how we use and move through it. It's one of the most esteemed career areas that you could choose to pursue.
Architecture is big business, with governments, corporate companies and prestigious names vying for the most high tech and aesthetically pleasing buildings. There are over 3,000 RIBA-chartered architecture practices in the UK, with thousands of architects working on projects that have both national and international scope.
Architects and others working within the architectural field have to balance a large number of priorities every day: aesthetics and design, the environment, new technology, safety, social value and the needs and current make-up of the local area are just a few of the things that need to be considered at every stage of the process. It's a challenging and fascinating industry, and one that requires a high level of responsibility and dedication from those who work within it.
Types of jobs within architecture
As with all wide-reaching industries, there are a large number of different roles and levels that make up an architectural business. Here are just some of them:
Design architect - The person responsible for the overall design of a building or structure
Project architect - Responsible for the production of documents that guide the architectural process, including design specifications and briefs
Architectural project manager - Overseeing the whole process, from preparing the site before construction begins to the finalisation of the building
Architectural technologist - Helping architects with solutions to issues involving the brief, clients, or any other stakeholders
Architectural technician - Responsible for the application of technology to the architectural process
Landscape architect - The same responsibility as an architect, but specifically for the outdoors, including land features and garden structures