Architect

Job Description

Architects design building projects for clients. They often act as a trusted advisor to the client throughout the whole project’s lifecycle, and manage the cohesion of the build. Architects work with Builders, Engineers, Surveyors, Lawyers, other professionals and tradespeople to achieve their vision.

Careers Ladder

Qualifications

To become an Architect, you need to complete a Master of Architecture or its equivalent and then get accreditation. In Australia, only people who have been accredited through this process may call themselves an Architect.

Complete a five-year higher education program in architecture leading to an accredited Master of Architecture qualification. You’ll need to have completed year 12 or its equivalent and earned the required ATAR, or enter university through an alternative entry pathway.

You must obtain at least two years’ experience working in the industry.

You'll need to pass a three-part competency assessment process called the Architectural Practice Examination. The three parts consist of completion of a logbook, a written paper and an interview with current practising architects.

Register with your state or territory’s Architects’ Registration Board. You’ll need to be registered individually, and in most states and territories your architecture firm will need to be registered as an entity too.

Attributes

  • 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.