What else can I do with an architecture degree?
Architecture graduates go on to a range of professions, including town planning, quantity surveying and chartered surveying, and there are other options too for those who decide not to pursue a career as an architect. This guide should help you think about the skills you have, the jobs they can be applied to, and the options available.
The following is a list of key skills that architects develop while studying for their degrees. It also applies to architecture technologists, who are particularly concerned with the technical performance of buildings:
- time and self-management
- design skills
- concise and accurate writing/communication skills
- organisational skills
- identify and predict trends and patterns
- interpret and evaluate events, information, and ideas
- computer literacy
- project management
- problem solving
- up-to-date knowledge of the latest legal developments in their field.
Architecture graduates tend to be perfectionists, as it is crucial for original plans to be faultless in order for a project to succeed. This means that they would do very well in careers that require mathematical precision, such as finance, accounting and computer programming.
They are also used to having to think laterally. If something doesn’t work on the build, they will have to think of ways of getting round the problem. This would make them ideal for roles in the armed forces, Civil Service, or education.
Other possible careers include:
- business and management
- fire prevention and safety
Don’t worry if these career paths don’t immediately grab you, as there are plenty of other things to do after studying architecture. Take these famous people as examples:
- Weird Al Yankovic
- Ice Cube
- Leonardo Da Vinci
- Aishwarya Rai