What other jobs can you do with an architecture degree?

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Just because you have a degree in architecture, it doesn’t mean being an architect is the only thing you can do. An architectural degree gives you a varied skill set that can be applied to many roles. Whether you gain a degree in architecture or architectural technology here are some options you can also consider.

Skills you gain

Firstly, lets look at some of the skills you will acquire during your degree:

architecture skills

– Creative thinking and problem solving

– Numeracy

– Design skills

– Drawing skills

– Computer and IT skills including CAD, and various other softwares

– Research skills

– Analytical and logical approach to problem solving

– Communication skills both verbally, written and visually

– Project management skills

– Knowledge of the construction industry

– A spatial awareness and understanding

– Being able to pull together key factors surrounding a project to include environment, social, cultural and political areas

To name but a few…… you will pick up so much more than the skills I have mentioned above, and below are a few suggestions to put those skills to use if you choose you do not want to be an architect/ architectural technologist.

Jobs you can do

Maintaining your connection to art and design:

– Develop your skills in graphic design

– Move into the field of photography

– Production designer (theatre, film, tv)

Using your computer skills:

– Drafting (not necessarily in architecture but product design, manufacturing all require drafting skills)

– Visualisation skills (3D software) – product design or marketing

– Video Game (3D Software) – design

Specialising in a particular area of construction:

– Project management

– Product/ material research and development

– Facilities management

– Lighting and acoustics

– Surveying (building / commercial / residential)

– Building conservation

– Interior Architecture

– Structural engineer

Built Environment & Property:

– Urban Planning

– Property development

– Estate Agency

– Landscape architecture

So just remember, having an architecture degree under your belt gives you way more career options than it would first appear.

My favourite Tools and Resources

I have curated a list of some of the tools and resources I would strongly recommend for anyone studying or working in Architecture.