You may have heard about the 7-year study to become an architect or even see the image of Neo (Keanu Reeves) with the Architect who built the Matrix in Matrix Reloaded…but who are they and what do they do? Architects are V.I.P (very important people) who imagine, design and construct buildings of the future, public parks or lay out streets’ design for millions to walk on. They make important or powerful decisions concerning the construction industry and they have a high degree of responsibility in finding the right balance between science, technology, environments, sustainability and design.
What qualifications do I need to become an architect?
Becoming an architect is certainly not easy and a BA or BSc in architecture will commonly includes the ARB/RIBA Part I examinations that all architects are required to have. A BA or BSc in architecture takes three years to complete and in general will cover architectural history, structural engineering, building material studies and environmental design, etc. Some universities will focus more on understanding the history of architecture while others choose to concentrate on the physics and engineering behind buildings. Students will also have the opportunity to visit sites, work in practices or meet working architects.
Next, students may proceed to do a master course in order to a complete Part 2 of the exams followed by a further postgraduate course to complete Part 3. Upon completion, students can then declare themselves a full-fledged architect! It does take six to seven years of study to become an architect so patience, passion and determination are very much needed.
What about A-levels?
High grades for Maths and Physics are generally a must though Art can be a useful degree as many universities may ask for a portfolio of work. As architecture continues to be a widely popular degree option, the competitions for a space at your preferred university can be stiff so get ready to demonstrate your passion for architecture during the interview.
Ready for a rewarding future
As the society will always have building needs and developments, graduates who see through the full seven years of studies will find that salary and career opportunities to practise their craft are excellent. Perhaps the biggest reward is to design buildings that will be around for a long time, maybe even long after the architect. Nietzsche once said, “In architecture the pride of man, his triumph over gravitation, his will to power, assume a visible form. Architecture is a sort of oratory of power by means of forms."
In short, becoming an architect is very becoming indeed.