Architecture/Architectural Technology

The discipline of architecture draws on knowledge and skills from the sciences, humanities, and fine and applied arts. It addresses the accommodation of all human activity in all places under all conditions, understanding our place within differing physical, historical, cultural,social, political and virtual environments. Architecture proposes, forms, and transforms our built environment and does so through engaging with the spaces, buildings, cities and landscapes in which we live.

Design is the core activity of architectural study. The contested nature of design provokes debate, encourages diversity and advances the subject. Students come from numerous backgrounds, bringing the very diversity of disciplines and modes of inquiry that an architecture course instils.

Architectural education is part of the construction industry and has an important influence on how this industry changes and develops. The knowledge, understanding and skills developed during the study of architecture are broad, holistic and of value in themselves. Most undergraduates aim ultimately for professional accreditation or a related career.


A graduate in architecture/architectural technology typically will have the ability to:

  • work in an interdisciplinary environment and collaborate with others
  • respond to a broad range of interests including social and ethical concerns
  • communicate effectively using visual, graphic, written and verbal means
  • work autonomously in a self-directed manner
  • work in teams
  • manage time and work to deadlines
  • use digital and electronic communication techniques
  • analyse problems and use innovation, logical and lateral thinking in their solution
  • be flexible and adaptable in approaching an issue, problem or opportunity.

Other employability related skills that can be developed include the ability to:

  • conceptualise, investigate and develop the design of three dimensional objects and spaces
  • create architectural designs that integrate social, aesthetic and technical requirements
  • conceive architectural designs on a specific site in the context of urban planning
  • research, formulate and respond to programmes or briefs appropriate to specific contexts and circumstances
  • form considered judgements about the spatial, aesthetic, technical and social qualities of a design within the scope and scale of a wider environment 
  • reflect upon and then relate ideas to a design and to the work of others

  • 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)


Career Options

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

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.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 14:24