Blog Post #027 – Alternative Paths in Architecture

Advice, Architecture School, Podcast

This week I decided to dive into a passing comment that my Year 6 tutor made in studio this week, the comment was that 1 in 14 students go on from their undergraduate architecture degree into a Masters program as soon as possible and follow alternative routes into the workplace.

I have also known ever since choosing architecture that it was a degree that developed a range of skills that are interchangeable in a range of industries which prevents the possibility of an individual getting boxed into a single job description. However, I thought that it would make a nice post to take a look at the range of jobs that people have gone into with an architecture degree.

This is also directly relevant to my most recent podcast episode with Stephen Drew. Stephen is an example of someone who studied architecture and secured a job at an excellent architecture firm. But it just wasn’t for him, but the skills he has acquired allowed him to become a top individual within the architectural recruitment industry now running his own company. If you fancy checking this episode out, click the links below:

I decided to create a list of 5 possible route from an architecture degree. I have also included a link to a website that has created a job profile for each of these professions for additional information, click the job title to find the website. Read on to find out what they are:

Interior Designer

If you fancy switching up designing the exterior with the interior then this is very much a possibility.

Graphic Design

Some people enjoy the creative side of the work that is done in architecture school and may lean towards the creation of graphics which utilises the power of the software packages that architecture students become proficient in.

Production Designer

This role consists of the creation of sets for plays and shows which allows you to get involved with interesting clients and can allow for far greater creativity due to fewer regulations etc. If you would like to learn more about where this career can take you, give the podcast below a listen in which Es Devlin, world-famous stage designer, outlines her journey to the top.

Video Game Designer

This is a job role that came up in our conversation with Stephen Drew. I had never thought about this built architects are employed by companies such as Rockstar Games to design the virtual worlds that are found in many video games.

Town Planner

This role is an example of how someone with an architecture degree can specialise in a certain sector within construction. This may be because you find more enjoyment in this particular section rather than taking a general overview. Other roles following this route include Landscape Architect, Restoration Architect and Lighting Architect.

Of course, I have only included a select few alternative jobs but I hope it displays that there is a great range available to someone studying architecture. This is something that is being thrown around in studio at the moment but I feel that the idea of the 7-year journey to accreditation is daunting to a few of us and concerned that we are locked in a rat-race with no way of escaping.

Until next week, stay safe!

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