Many subjects at schools are relevant to architecture, building design and civil engineering. Applicant’s need a broad range of secondary education and should preferably enjoy drawing freehand or have an interest in design and 3D work. There are 40 schools of architecture in the UK and both format and courses vary from school to school. Many may ask to see a portfolio of work without an interview while some schools may make conditional offers on the basis of information included on a UCAS form.
For an Architect, the combination of academic studies at a university (5 years) and professional experience within a practice (at least 2 years) is needed before final qualification. There are three key stages of study on recognised courses by Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA): first of all an undergraduate degree in architecture to develop a broad range of skills and architectural understanding, then a BArch diploma which lasts two years to enhance the student’s knowledge and introduce them to more complex projects. The third stage is gaining professional experience and is broken down again into three parts: after one year of paid professional experience the nearly-there architect has completed stage one, two years (although many students have to do longer than this) stage two and then part three is measured to be complete after a final qualifying examination in professional practice and management is taken at a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) validated course provider.
Having gained the Part 1, 2, 3 qualifications
you can register as an architect with the Architects Registration Board (ARB). You can also apply to become a chartered member of RIBA to get a wide range of services and benefits and to gain national and international member recognition.
This article was produced in association with Kingston University Careers & Employability Service