How to become a Architect

Architects use creativity and a practical understanding of structures and materials to develop concepts, plans, specifications and detailed drawings for buildings and other structures. They negotiate with builders and planning authorities, administer building contracts and inspect work that has been carried out.

Personal requirements of a Architect

  • Aptitude for design
  • Creativity
  • Able to analyse problems logically
  • Good communication skills

Education & Training for a Architect

To become an architect you usually have to complete an accredited degree in architecture. This usually consists of a degree in arts or design with a major in architecture, followed by a Master of Architecture. To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. Applicants may also be required to demonstrate basic freehand drawing ability and computer skills. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor degree. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.7%

NSW 34%

NT 0.1%

QLD 14.2%

SA 3%

TAS 2%

VIC 32.9%

WA 12.1%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 70%

Female 30%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 6.8%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 6.1%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 9.1%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 41.8%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 36.1%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 38.5%

Above 35 years: 61.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
Architects must also be registered with the Architects Registration Board in the state or territory in which they intend to practise. To apply for registration you must complete an accredited architecture degree, have two years of monitored experience with an architectural firm and sit an examination in architectural practice set by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA).
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