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Architects mainly work in the construction industry, on the design of new building, extensions and redesigns of current buildings. They can work on both large scale development as well as smaller or single building developments. Often designing the surrounding environment as well as the building, Architects must consider the aesthetics of a building as well as the functionality.
The role of an Architect
The role of an architect can be very varied however, the main tasks you are likely to be;
Working closely with clients to discuss the budget, requirements and objectives of the build
Consulting with other professionals about the design of the building
Advising the client on the practicality of the project
Keeping the project within the financial constraints and meeting deadlines
Providing reports on the feasibility and design proposals for the client
Providing detailed drawings for other professionals to work from
Negotiate with contractors and professionals
Prepare applications for planning permission and building control
Managing the project from start to finish
Resolving problems and issues which arise during the construction process
To become an Architect you must be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB), if you wish to become a Chartered architect you must become a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
Architects must study a 7 year higher education course, this starts with a degree in architecture, 12 months experience supervised by a professional, a further 2 years of study for a diploma, further degree or Masters in architecture, a further 12 months experience and finally an examination in professional practice and management, this includes an assessment of 24 months practical experience.
To work in this industry you will also need the following skills;
IT Skills, Architects use a number of different kinds of software such as CAD, Vectorworks and many programs in their work
Communication and negotiation skills, you will often work with clients and other professionals so must be able to communicate and negotiate with them effectively
An understanding of the design and construction of buildings
Strong mathematical skills
Good understanding and awareness of business
Ability to manage and lead a team
Ability to problem solve and make decisions under pressure
What you can expect
Architects can expect a salary of between £15,000 and £20,000 after the completion of their degree. After the completion of a masters or diploma this rises to between £20,000 and £26,000. After completing their final exam and registration as an architect you can expect between £26,000 and £35,000.
If you continue to work your way up the career ladder to senior, associate or partner you can expect a salary of between £35,000 and £80,000. These salaries can vary depending on the sector, location and size of your employer. Freelance work is not uncommon in this industry especially for more experienced architects.
Architects often work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, however, it not unusual for architects to work longer hours including evenings and weekends. Work is mainly office based with occasional visits to both clients and sites.
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