Job Description

Architects design schools and skyscrapers. They design hospitals and hotels. They also design churches, train stations and plain old regular houses. Any building that is used by people was probably designed by some architect. Architects work with Builders, Engineers, Surveyors, Lawyers, other professionals and tradespeople to achieve their vision. Architects tend to plan and structure their services around work stages that set out the key areas of a construction project from beginning to end.

Careers Ladder


Becoming a qualified architect requires you to complete;

  • Year 12 or its equivalent and earned the required ATAR, or enter university through an alternative entry pathway.
  • Master of Architecture or its equivalent and then get accreditation.
  • A five-year higher education program in architecture leading to an accredited Master of Architecture qualification.
  • You must obtain at least two years’ experience working in the industry.
  • Register with your state or territory’s Architects’ Registration Board.


  • Adaptability
  • Ambitious
  • Creative
  • Communication
  • Efficient
  • Focused
  • Imaginative
  • Initiative
  • Meticulous
  • Neurotic
  • Passionate
  • Persuasive
  • Receptive
  • Specialised
  • Technological
  • Team work

Key Skills

  • Envisioning and drawing designs
  • Design
  • Conferring
  • Writing and presentation
  • Autodesk Revit
  • AutoCAD
  • Consulting

Future Prospects

After working as an architect, some may wish to advance their careers. Some options may be in managing other professionals as a sustainability director or architectural manager, focusing on the design of maritime structures as a naval architect, or focusing on the built environments of cities as an architectural historian or urban designer.