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An introduction to studying architecture

Architectural practice involves a number of diverse design areas which includes not only the design of individual buildings, but also clutches of buildings and it even extends to designing the surrounding landscape and interior design. Architects are often employed to supervise the construction of their designs. This is but one of the reasons why this can be a great career option. Here is a guide to studying architecture.

Overview

The variety of skills involved in the practice of architecture today is wide ranging and often highly-skilled. These skills include conceiving three-dimensional designs, producing details drawings, planning specialists and building service providers, overseeing the construction contract, authorising payments and solving problems. While this all may seem a little overwhelming at first, the training you obtain at the university will sufficiently prepare you for all the above.

How to become an architect

In general, it takes an average of seven years to gain professional architectural qualifications. Nonetheless, only those who have received the necessary training and gained the relevant qualifications will be legally permitted to call themselves architects. Specific to trainings in the UK, your education will be divided into three sections. Part one You must carry out a three-year undergraduate degree programme leading to the award of a Bachelor's degree with Honours (BA, BSc or B. Arch). Part two Next, a further two years of advanced undergraduate training is required. This will generally be either a diploma or a Master’s Degree. Part three Finally, an examination in Professional Practice and Management in Architecture must be taken following a period of at least one year of professional training. This part may also result in gaining either a Diploma or Master's degree. Once these qualifications have been achieved, applicants can officially register as an architect with the ARB (The Architects Registration Board) thereby becoming a chartered member of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). If studying in Wales however, membership will apply to the Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW) or likewise in Ireland, the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA). End note Those studying architecture design will generally be required to make a lot of models, therefore, model-making abilities will be an advantage. In addition, learn to take an interest in local buildings and the different types of architecture they have, focusing on what you like or dislike about them.

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