After a turbulent few years the architecture and design sectors are seeing significant levels of growth. In London alone the sector is worth an estimated £1.7bn and is growing at a pace of 7.6% every year. Design fields within construction are in high demand and experience a relatively high rate of growth thanks to advancements in technology. Skills shortages in the sector also mean architecture companies compete for skilled staff, which is good news for graduates and seasoned professionals alike with work becoming increasingly available.
Candidates who are looking to get into the field will find themselves in luck, since many of these positions do not require any previous experience, but may require some level of academic qualification. We will take a look at some of the most popular fields within architecture and design.
Architecture and design jobs and opportunities.
3D design jobs.
Thanks to everything happening in the field of design in terms of technological advancement, 3D designers are currently in very high demand as they are required to have skills in Vectorwork and sketching: typically skills that are honed within a digital arts programme at a college or university. There are a variety of academic entries into this field, with BTEC Extended Diplomas and undergraduate studies being made available to candidates who are seeking their foundation in the field.
3D design jobs incorporate all levels of candidates, from entry-level junior positions for recent graduates through to experienced designers working on large-scale projects. The nature of these roles tends to change too. While many 3D designers often find themselves employed in construction positions using CAD, others may do artwork for in-house designers who are completing digital art projects for external clients. The role is considerably varied as is its pay, with many entry-level positions beginning at £30,000 and extending to £55,000 for experienced 3D designers.
Architects are required around various urban locations in the United Kingdom and abroad to oversee the planning of residential, commercial, and industrial developments. Many projects currently hiring will require candidates to have flexibility when it comes to travellingabroad, since many projects overseas are hiring British-based architects.
Becoming an architect in the United Kingdom is something that happens in stages. Candidates will begin their journey at an undergraduate level of study, then follow this through one year of practical experience. Following this will be a postgraduate level of study in architectural science followed by one final qualifying test from the Royal Institute of British Architects. After this, candidates will hold architect status in the United Kingdom. With this will come a high starting salary, with many architecture positions hiring at £40,000 and above.
Technicians assist architects in the planning of building projects. They are often the technical minds behind projects and will create AutoCAD designs based on an architects' plan and vision. Some technicians will also be required to have Revit experience depending on the nature of the project. It is a particularly interesting opportunity for those who would otherwise be interested in becoming architects in the United Kingdom, but cannot commit themselves to a full programme of study.
Like architects, technicians will need to have the flexibility to travel around the United Kingdom and abroad to meet the needs of their employers. However, technicians are paid at a lower rate than architects due to the limited academic requirements into a technical role (such as AutoCAD training from an approved course provider). Typical starting salaries for technician roles start at £25,000 and can increase to £35,000.
If you’d like to take your career to a different level it’s worth investing some time into learning about virtual or augmented reality. It has been found that 28% of architectural professionals are currently using VR or AR, with another 28% experimenting with it and it is set to be the next big thing in the sector.It allows greater collaboration between the designer, the client, the construction workers and everyone else involved in the completion of a project, and it not only allows you to view the design of a project but also to feel it.
So far, courses in VR are not overly abundant, but this doesn’t mean they are unavailable. The University of Creative Arts in Farnham (UCA) has a dedicated virtual reality studio with spatial tracking that allows architecture students to develop their VR skills as part of the course and other universities are following suit. CIAT have a selection of building information modelling (BIM) courses that you can attend and there are various plugins such as Iris and Enscape that have a Revit plugin so you can seamlessly transfer your designs from one programme to the other.