What is the role of architect?

Architects create designs for new construction projects, alterations and redevelopments. They use their specialist construction knowledge and high-level drawing skills to design buildings that are functional, safe, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing.

Architects stay involved throughout the construction process, adapting their plans according to budget constraints, environmental factors or client needs. As such, they operate as part of an overall project design team, working closely with a range of construction professionals from quantity surveyors to building services engineers.

‘Architect’ is a protected title that only qualified professionals registered with the Architect’s Registration Board (ARB) may use. There are two ways in which school leavers and graduates can qualify to become an architect:

  • through the traditional route – going to university and interspersing two degrees with practical experience
  • through a degree apprenticeship route.


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