Chester & Cheshire

How To Become An Architect

Architects Chester will design and create plans and technical drawings to a specification given by the client that can then be given to construction engineers to produce. This may include restoration and renovation of previous buildings and not always new build properties, for example, you may be asked to design an extension for an existing house. 

There are a number of different areas of architecture you can work in which include:

  • Commercial buildings - shopping centres and supermarkets

  • Housing development - designing homes for housing estates

  • Self-employment - working of residential projects, building extensions and converting attics

Regardless of which type of architecture work you decide to go into, your day-to-day tasks are expected to not differ too much. These include:

  • Creating plans that follow building regulations and laws

  • Creating detailed CAD plans using relevant software

  • Working within budgets

  • Managing construction

  • Choosing materials

  • Building management - checking on building works

  • Communicating and sharing ideas with other architects and technicians

What Do You Need To Become An Architect?

To become an architect you will need to have completed a five year architecture degree which is widely recognised by the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

To take the relevant degree you will need to have five GCSE’s that are A* - C which include English, Maths and Science and three A Levels. You may need to check whether your chosen university has relevant subjects which they prefer as some do prefer Maths or Science A Levels.

To get onto your degree course of choice you will also require a portfolio of work which is where an art and design A Level will come in handy. As with all universities, entry requirements can vary.

If you decide that university isn’t for you you can also be an architect through an apprenticeship which will give you the relevant skills and on the job training or work toward this role by working in an architecture firm as an assistant first or similar.

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