Combine your creative and practical elements to develop concepts, plans, specifications and detailed drawings for buildings and other structures.
- discuss requirements of clients or builders (to design a new structure or modify an existing one) and prepare a brief
- prepare sketch drawings, production drawings and detailed drawings by hand or using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) equipment
- combine structural, mechanical and artistic elements into the building design, such as decks and atriums, lifts and air-conditioning systems, and decorative finishes
- discuss designs and cost estimates with clients and others involved in the project, including engineers, quantity surveyors, landscape architects and town planners
- obtain necessary approvals from authorities; prepare specifications and contract documents specifying building materials, construction equipment and, in some cases, the interior furnishings, for builders, tradespeople and legal advisers
- observe, inspect and monitor building work, to make sure that it is progressing according to the contract and specifications
- evaluate projects once they are completed and occupied
As an architect, you would most likely work in an architectural firm or in a business that has large construction programs. Many architects start their own practice after a few years of experience.
Architectural training includes the ability to combine arts, science and technology. As a result, architects increasingly find work in areas outside of architecture such as urban planning and design, property development, construction management, interior design, industrial design, teaching, research and journalism.
To qualify as an architect:
Complete an undergraduate Bachelor of Design or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) with majors in Architecture and Integrated Design as your first degree.
Complete the postgraduate Master of Architecture.
Undertake a minimum of two years' professional work experience under the direction of a registered architect and then pass the Architectural Practice Examination (APE) to register as an architect in Australia.
Graduates should refer to the Architects Board of Western Australia for registration requirements. This qualification is also widely recognised overseas. For further information see www.comarchitect.org and www.canberraaccord.org
Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.
The following study pathway shows the most common and direct route for a UWA student to pursue this career.
These courses are required to pursue this career.
Final year Architecture student
My undergraduate degree in design prepared me well for my postgraduate studies in architecture. I initially assumed that architecture was simply the design of buildings, but learnt that it is much more than that.Architecture is about spatial relationships, the support of activities, a sense of place, materiality, uniqueness, sensitivity, the arrangement and visual rhythm of structural elements and - most importantly of all - people.
The faculty became a second home throughout my studies providing me with a strong community environment where lifelong friendships are formed with fellow students and lecturers. Studying design and architecture was a very rewarding experience.
I travelled to Canberra to be part of a national design workshop and Manchester where I was one of three UWA students invited to participate in a series of international architecture workshops. The course also provided me with ongoing work experience that eventuated from visiting industry professionals. Opportunities such as these are plentiful throughout the degree.
It was intense at times - you definitely learn where your limits are - but I have never felt quite the same satisfaction in anything else, that has come from studying architecture.