If you’ve always had a yearning for the opportunity to create things that will be around long after you’re gone, a degree in Architecture could be for you.
It’s a challenging degree that prepares you for a respected (and lucrative) profession doing meaningful work – and, as there’s always a need for new buildings, it’s a profession that you can be confident, will always be in demand. An Architecture degree poses the intellectual challenges of both arts and science degrees, and as such, it develops a range of useful skills that can be applied to many walks of life. Creativity is essential, and yours will grow as you become more adept at architectural design. There’s a lot of group project work in an Architecture course so your teamwork skills will flourish. Problem-solving and analytical skills will also be honed, particularly in the context of needing to come up with innovative architectural solutions to the demands of various different environments. A fundamental component of an architecture degree is the development of practical design skills; so much of your time is likely to be occupied by studio-based projects and tuition that revolves around designs that range from the minute details of buildings to entire cities. In addition to teaching you to think about architecture in the right way, this will develop your drawing and draftsmanship, as well as cultivate effective design processes. You’ll also pick up skills such as architectural modeling, and digital illustration.
Though the focus of an Architecture degree tends to be on practical skills, there is a certain amount of abstract thinking involved. As part of your learning, you’ll develop an understanding of human nature and spatial experience, as well as the principles of environmental design and how architecture is adapted to different environments and contexts, such as rural or urban areas. Different universities place different levels of emphasis on the study of the history of architecture, but this is likely to feature on your course to a greater or lesser degree.
The different aspects of architecture: There are many considerations in architecture, meaning that in addition to design, you’ll also learn about things like structural engineering, construction, building materials and so on. You might also study more specialized areas such as sustainable architecture, town planning, technology and conservation. Some courses teach you the management skills needed for managing a building site.
Career in Architecture: Architecture is one of the most influential professions in our global society. A career in architecture offers opportunities to shape, perhaps even transform the environment in which we live. Architecture brings together the arts, environmental awareness, sciences and technology. The profession of architecture involves everything that influences the way in which the built environment is planned, designed, made, used and maintained. Architects combine creative design with technical knowledge to provide integrated solutions for built and natural environments. Architects are not only involved in mainstream architectural practice but are working increasingly in occupations ranging from urban planning and property development for teaching, furniture design and disaster relief.
Many graduates will take up a career in private practice or government. Many become specialists in heritage, sustainable design or commercial projects. However, because an Architect’s skill and training are so broad, there are also many opportunities outside mainstream architecture practice:
- Construction law
- Construction management
- Disaster relief
- Furniture design
- Industrial design
- Interior design
- Project management
- Property development
- Theatre design
- Urban design
- Urban planning