How to become an 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.

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).

Duties & Tasks of a Architect


  • meet with clients or builders to discuss their requirements and prepare a design brief
  • prepare sketches, production drawings and detailed drawings by hand or using computer-aided design (CAD) software
  • combine structural, mechanical and artistic elements into a building's design, such as decks and atriums, lifts, air conditioning systems and decorative finishes
  • discuss designs and cost estimates with clients and others involved in the project
  • obtain necessary approvals from authorities
  • prepare specifications and contract documents for builders, tradespeople and legal advisers
  • evaluate projects once they are completed and occupied.

Working conditions for a Architect

Architects may also be involved in project feasibility studies, strategic asset investigations, heritage studies, urban planning, interior design or landscape design.

Employment Opportunities for a Architect

Most architects work in architectural firms or for businesses that have large construction programs. Many start their own practice after a few years of experience. Architectural training develops the ability to combine arts, science and technology. This means that architects increasingly find work in areas outside of architecture, such as urban planning and design, property development, construction management, interior design, industrial design, teaching, research and journalism.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

NSW 35.7%

QLD 15.2%

SA 5.2%

TAS 1.5%

VIC 31.6%

WA 8.9%

ACT 1.8%

NT 0.3%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 66%

Female 34%

Education level:

Highest qualification is secondary school: 2.9%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 1%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 5.4%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 55.4%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 35.1%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

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

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