- produce designs that demonstrate the integrative relationship of structure, buildingmaterials and constructional elements and the relationship between climate, service systems and energy supply
- exercise informed and reflective judgement in the development of sustainable design
- use a range of visual, written and verbal techniques to communicate architectural designs and ideas
- select and use design using design-based software and multimedia applications
- listen and engage in informed dialogue.
(Source: Higher Education Academy)
Architecture graduates find work in a wide range of fields in both public and private sector organisations. Detailed profiles for specific occupations are available from the Prospects website:
Whilst many graduates would go on to work as Architects or Architectural technicians your skills will be valued in other careers.
Professional bodies such as the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) have a wealth of information online such as careers advice, journals, job vacancies and consultancy services. These are highly valuable resources that you can use to assist in your job search. Employers often expect graduates to be commercially aware and will expect you to keep up to date on the latest issues affecting the industry. They may even ask you questions at interview that will 'test' your commercial awareness and knowledge.
CVs and Portfolios
Graduates who have studied an architecture or related degree will be expected to produce a well designed CV. The primary purpose of a CV is to demonstrate how your skills, knowledge and experience match the qualities that the potential employer is looking for. This can be best achieved by giving clear examples of how your skills and experience make you the ideal candidate. Your portfolio will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your skills in more detail. Some students choose to put some images on their CV, but do not overload your CV with images. Others may choose to have a more formal, plain CV and attach a portfolio. Some of the suggested links on this page contain useful advice about this, particularly First In Architecture and Archinect.