How to become an Architect in Australia

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How to become an Architect in Australia


What do they do?

Architects plan, design and review the construction of buildings and spaces. They turn a client’s vision into a reality and provide the ‘map’ for the construction industry to follow.

Creative and technical, part Artist and part Engineer. If you have these skills and are passionate about improving the physical and built world looks for the benefit of society and individuals – becoming an Architect could be the career for you.



  • Preparing and presenting design proposals to clients
  • Advising clients
  • Producing detailed, technical, drawings
  • Negotiating with contractors and other professionals
  • Attending regular meetings with clients, contractors and other specialists
  • Co-ordinating the work of contractors
  • Making site visits to check on progress
  • Dealing with problems that might come up during building.


Skills required:

  • Great listening and communication skills
  • Visual awareness and an eye for detail
  • Ability to draw and create work in three dimensions (3D)
  • Technical skills
  • Inventive and imaginative
  • Be passionate about buildings and the built environment
  • Problem- solver



Hold a Bachelor degree in arts or design with a major in Architecture, Masters degree or other qualification in the discipline of architecture accredited by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia.

Registered with the Architects Registration Board in the state or territory in which you intend to practise (requires work experience monitoring).


Average salary Graduate $55,996,  non-registered experienced $74,691, Experienced Associate $115,964 (Source: Architecture AU)

Job growth in this area is moderate (source: Joboutlook.gov.au)



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