Architect

Architect

Architects help to shape the world we live in by designing buildings, from schools and hospitals to shops and offices. Aspiring architects need to study science, maths and art to get ready for this rewarding career.

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To make buildings safe and fit for purpose, builders need detailed plans to show how the structure will be made. That’s where architects come in, providing the blueprints for all sorts of amazing brick-and-mortar creations.

What's cool about being an architect?

Expressing your creativity through the projects you work on

Getting to try lots of things, from project management to building design

Helping to create buildings that impact positively on people’s lives

Subjects you'll need

Maths skills are crucial for aspiring architects, so be sure to focus on them at school if you’re determined to design buildings for a living. Physics and chemistry will also help, teaching you about the forces that buildings come under and the materials that keep them standing. 

Fun fact

At 309.6 metres, The Shard in London is Europe’s tallest building. It contains 11,000 glass panels, 44 lifts and 306 flights of stairs. The building’s architect, Renzo Piano, has also helped to create iconic structures in Paris, Los Angeles and New York City.

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