Architecture is a visual art and the buildings speak for themselves. The job of buildings is to improve human relations, architecture must ease them not make them worse.
The architecture industry is very competitive, you will learn about the profession of designing buildings, open areas, communities, and other artificial constructions and environments, usually with some regard to aesthetic effect. Architecture often includes design or selection of furnishings and decorations, supervision of construction work, and the examination, restoration, or remodelling of existing buildings. No two day will ever be the same.
Many people do not understand architecture and do not respect the profession. It is often confused with builders although similar one crucial factor does differentiate the two. Builders create the desires of the architect. Architecture is the result of an idea permeating through all its systems. Essentially, one part of the building will reflect the whole.
If you enter a building and wonder if it is good architecture ask yourself these questions:
1. Does it create an experience? And does this experience move me and encourage me in some way?
2. Is there an idea that ties all things together? Or has the building had a style applied to the outer skin for no other reason than that was what was done to the building next to this one?
Architecture is one of the most cross-discipline careers you can find. Only those with a creative mind can design buildings from scratch, but architecture also needs meticulous mathematics and precise science. And on top of learning a varied, practical skill set, architects also need to know about planning permission, engineering costs and building codes.
How do I become an architect?
So by now you’re probably wondering what pathways you can go down to secure your dream job as an architect. Let me tell you, it takes hard work, determination and time.
Part 1 of becoming an architect requires you to complete a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) recognised undergraduate architecture degree which you can expect to take 3 years full-time. Part 2 you are required to undertake another 2 years of full-time university study on a more advanced architecture course. In order to move onto part 3, the final part of the process, you are required to have obtained 24 months of practical experience which must be recorded with and recognised by RIBA. At least 12 months of this experience should be under the direct supervision of an architect. Part 3 involves your qualifying exam which is completed at a RIBA validated course provider. This examination will include assessments of your practical experience as well as written and oral examinations. Upon completion of all parts of the qualification you can then register as an architect. At this point you can also become a Chartered Member of RIBA.
Apprenticeships could offer an alternative route to studying architecture, tackling the serious question of value, and debt accumulation and promoting diversity and inclusion within the profession.
Two apprenticeship routes are being proposed:
1. Architectural Assistant, a Level 6 qualification, which would be the equivalent of Part 1 and would take four years, with 20% academic training and a degree being awarded upon completion.
2. Architect, a Level 7 qualification, which would take four years (beyond Level 6/Part 1), again with 20% academic training and a Master’s degree being awarded on completion. The qualification would allow students to submit for registration as an Architect with no further studies required.
The submission suggests that the architecture apprenticeship scheme will be in place by the start of the 2019-20 academic year, although this is the first stage in the process and a lot of work will have to be done on the detail of the architect-employer offering and establishing links with academic institutions.
Good architecture really becomes about the experience as a result of an idea.