Architect - overview

As an architect, your creative design skills, technical knowledge, and project management practices are the key to turning a client's vision for a building into a reality. Here you can find all the information you'll need to decide whether architecture is for you and what you may need to study.

Learn what the role involves below.


What does an architect do?

A typical workday for an architect can involve a wide range of activities and roles, ranging across 3D modelling and technical drawing, planning and budgeting for construction, or being on-site to oversee progress. Architects might also find opportunities to work abroad and get involved in commercial or artistic projects.

Working closely with clients and contractors alike, you'll use a blend of creative and technical skills to visualise, plan and manage projects. Appearance, function, safety and environmental footprint are all things that you'll need to consider. Architecture is a rewarding career for those who get a lot of satisfaction from seeing the impact of their work on the world.

What will your days involve?

Daily tasks will vary but could involve:

  • Creating hand-made or computer-aided drawings and plans
  • Working with materials, regulations and budgets
  • Collaborating with clients, contractors and technicians
  • Monitoring construction activity on-site
  • Submitting proposals and planning applications


How much can you earn as an architect?

The average salary for an architect in the UK is £37,960. Graduates start at around £33,500.

Does an architect role involve travel in the UK or overseas?

Architects are mostly office-based but are likely to travel to meet clients and visit sites.

Can you work from home as an architect?

Architects are able to work from home except when travelling to construction sites.