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Architecture

An architect is a person trained and experienced in the design of buildings and the coordination and supervision of all aspects of the construction of buildings.


Architectural studies differ from many other subjects and courses. Most of your studies will be based in the studio for design work, tutorials and group work. In the group work you present your design project work to tutors (and other students), who provide feedback. You will also attend lectures and computer-aided design tutorials, have essays to write, site visits to go on and visits
to buildings and places of interest.

The typical route to qualifying as an architect in the United Kingdom is a combination of academic studies at a university and practical experience. It involves training for five years at university and completing a minimum of two years practical experience before final qualification. Find out more:

Some schools provide opportunities for hands-on building projects, others offer specialist areas of study or have developed strengths in particular disciplines – for example, sustainability, town planning, technology or management. Skills in problem solving and team work are also developed through project work.

What is Architectural Technology?

Architectural Technology is the technical side of design – it can be about how things look, but mainly it is about how buildings work. It’s all about problem solving and turning conceptual drawings into reality. It’s about understanding design and the buildability of domestic and workplace structures.

What Skills Do I Need?

  • Drawing ability both by hand and CAD
  • Understanding of construction methods and materials
  • IT competency, Maths and Financial Skills
  • Problem solving and Organised/Future Planning
  • Communication, Negotiation skills and the ability to work in teams

RIBA architecture.com from the Royal Institute of British Architects

RIBA is the Royal institute of British Architects.

Membership of the RIBA is recognised the world over as a symbol of professional excellence. Chartered Architects and Chartered Architectural Practices have reached the gold standard in their profession.

Their members are a global network of individuals and practices who share a common interest in architecture and the built environment.

They enjoy the prestige of being part of a prominent institute that raises their profile among colleagues and the wider world.

The RIBA provides support for its members in the form of training, technical services, publications and events, and sets standards for the education of architects in the UK and overseas. A range of memberships are available to support architects throughout their professional career from students through to retired architects.

Together with their members, they are a collective voice for architecture. They work to enhance
and promote a profession facing significant challenges, champion good design the world over, influence government policy and legislation that impacts on the profession.

Find out more about joining the RIBA. (www.architecture.com)

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