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Occupation Profile

Architectural Assistants work with Architects and different professionals akin to Engineers, to competently design buildings and ship architectural tasks throughout scheme phases, from the preliminary shopper briefing course of the place targets are agreed and feasibility research carried out, by conceptual and technical proposals, to building. In collaboration with different members of a challenge group, they reply to shopper necessities by getting ready, reviewing and refining constructing design by using numerous media akin to 3D modelling, drawings and mannequin making.

Architectural Assistants work underneath supervision of an Architect, Senior Architect or challenge chief, who has the general accountability for delivering a challenge. They contribute to delivering tasks of various scale and kind; for instance, an workplace skyscraper, semi-detached home, café, faculty or bridge. Architectural Assistants work on the design of recent buildings and the redesign of current buildings (akin to a home extension or an inner refurbishment).

They work intently with a design group assembled to ship the challenge. Design groups might embrace: Engineers, Amount Surveyors, Inside Designers, Panorama Architects and Challenge Managers. Additionally they work with different associated professionals akin to City Planning Authorities, Heritage Consultants, Constructing Management Inspectors and/or Get together Wall Surveyors; in addition to expert trades akin to Carpenters or Joiners in the course of the building course of.

Architectural Assistants work in organisations of various sizes, from a small apply of just a few members to a big multi-disciplinary organisation. They are often primarily based at workplace places inside challenge design groups, at on-site places, or a mix of each. As a result of their expertise are simply transferable they can work for different building and design associated companies (e.g. property consultants, building firms, planning authorities or inside designers).

Architectural Assistants can progress to being an Architect. With the intention to grow to be an architect within the UK, people should maintain ARB (Architectural Registration Board) prescribed {qualifications} at Half 1, Half 2 and Half 3 ranges and register with the ARB.  Solely ARB-prescribed {qualifications} meet the requirements that result in registration as an architect within the UK.  Solely those that are appropriately certified and registered with ARB can use the title ‘Architect’ within the UK.

An Architectural Assistant’s work includes:

Temporary evaluation: Reviewing challenge briefs to ascertain shopper’s necessities; website evaluation (e.g. survey of an current constructing for a refurbishment challenge); fundamental analysis of metropolis planning context (e.g. establishing whether or not there are different related buildings within the space); fundamental analysis of constructing rules, together with hearth technique.

Design: Creating architectural designs that fulfill aesthetic, technical and purposeful necessities. This includes sketching idea concepts; group brainstorming; creating and enhancing drawings and 3D fashions utilizing related CAD (Laptop-Aided Design) software program; creating bodily fashions.

Challenge supply: Producing info for formal submissions, underneath the supervision of an Architect or challenge chief, together with units of drawings (plans, sections and elevations), 3D fashions (e.g. BIM – Constructing Data Modelling), schedules (e.g. of doorways or of home windows), visuals (together with hand drawn or laptop generated), reviews and presentation boards and bodily fashions. It additionally includes speaking and coordinating design info with inner and exterior groups (together with Engineers, Inside Designers).

Building: Attending building websites and supporting the Architect or challenge chief in website inspections (e.g. capturing photos of recognized defects on-site) and answering routine queries on building associated points and rules.

Data, Abilities and Behaviours

The next information, expertise, and behaviours replicate the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) shared Standards for the Prescription of {Qualifications} at Half 1.




1. Design

  • A spread of design processes and strategies akin to hand-sketched drawings and diagrams; use of acceptable instruments and supplies to create bodily constructing fashions of various scale and complexity to discover and develop design concepts and to be used in shopper displays

  • Generate architectural design proposals of numerous scales and kind, together with conducting feasibility research
  • Draft and edit drawings and 3D fashions (plans, sections, elevations, and particulars) utilizing related software program, together with CAD, to allow co-ordination with different skilled’s enter
  • Produce and coordinate design info with the design group (e.g. engineering, landscaping and inside design)

2. Historical past and Principle

  • Historical past of structure and its influence on architectural apply
  • Human sciences that have an effect on the design of buildings and areas (e.g. use of ergonomics)

  • Critically analyse architectural tradition, principle and design to current a private viewpoint inside a structured argument

3. High-quality Arts

  • Arts that relate to theoretical ideas of structure (e.g. using color and sound in creating ambiance in areas)

  • Creatively apply theories, practices and applied sciences of the humanities that affect architectural design

4. City Design and Planning

  • City design, city planning methods

  • Produce crucial drawings and paperwork that adjust to nationwide and native planning coverage

5. Folks and Surroundings

  • Significance of structure for an occupant or person of an area
  • Impression of architectural design on the atmosphere and wider neighborhood

  • Determine person wants and the native context by which the challenge is developed
  • Develop the design of tasks of various scales in respect of environmental context and sustainability

6. Position of Architect

  • The duties and tasks of Architectural Assistants to shoppers, constructing customers, contractors, co-professionals and the broader society
  • The position of the Architect throughout the design group and building business
  • The potential influence of constructing tasks on current and proposed communities

  • Ship companies underneath the supervision of an Architect or a challenge chief, prioritising the pursuits of the shopper and different stakeholders 
  • Drawback resolve and use skilled judgement to take initiative and make acceptable contributions to choice making

7. Temporary Evaluation

  • The totally different strategies of investigating and getting ready a challenge transient (e.g. vital evaluate of precedents related to the perform, organisation and technological technique of design proposals)

  • Analysis and examine related info (e.g. website evaluation, earlier architectural tasks) to help challenge growth to make sure all shopper and regulatory necessities are met

8. Construction, Building and Engineering

  • The structural and engineering issues inside constructing design
  • Methods for constructing companies, sustainable design and their integration in a coherent design challenge
  • Methods for constructing building (e.g. offsite fabrication)

  • Examine, critically appraise and choose different structural, constructional and materials methods related to architectural design
  • Combine structural, building and engineering methods with the general design
  • Help an Architect or a challenge chief with building inspections to make sure tasks are inbuilt accordance with contractual drawings

9. Applied sciences

  • Various supplies, processes and strategies that apply to architectural design and constructing building, together with the influence of supplies on the atmosphere all through materials’s lifespan (e.g. the distinction between how bricks or concrete are manufactured, used and recycled)
  • Applied sciences that affect the design of buildings (e.g. façade methods)
  • The position of BIM and different related applied sciences used within the design course of

  • Consider supplies, processes and strategies that apply to architectural designs and constructing building, and the place practicable combine different supplies, processes and strategies into design proposals
  • Apply totally different technological strategies to constructing design to offer situations of consolation and safety towards the atmosphere

10. Finance and Rules

  • The method of controlling constructing prices (e.g. collaboration with Amount Surveyors) 
  • Accredited Paperwork for Constructing Rules
  • UK laws and well being and security necessities 

  • Meet shopper’s transient throughout the constraints of the imposed funds limitations
  • Meet shopper’s transient throughout the constraints of the constructing rules

11. Business Context and Challenge Supply

  • The vary of industries, organisations, rules and procedures concerned in translating design ideas into buildings
  • The timeline of challenge growth and supply (e.g. RIBA Plan of Work)

  • Work together with statutory authorities or people to help supply of tasks in all kinds of sectors and inside numerous legislative frameworks



1. Code of Conduct Be conscious of related skilled codes of conduct (e.g. ARB and RIBA)
2. Integrity Be trustworthy and act with integrity
3. Communication

Try to speak successfully and professionally when working independently and as a part of a group

4. Obligation Take heed to an Architect’s obligation to their shopper, society and the career
5. Repute

Take note of their competence {and professional} expertise, to make sure they’re unlikely to deliver the career into disrepute

6. Skilled growth Decide to figuring out their very own particular person skilled growth wants, together with conserving updated with altering design tendencies

Entry Necessities

Any entry necessities can be set by particular person employers along side the related college. Usually, these might embrace a minimal of two ‘A’ Ranges grades A-C (or equal), and a minimal of 5 GCSE grades A* – C (or equal), together with a minimal B (or equal) in English and Maths.


The period of this apprenticeship is usually 48 months. Timescales might fluctuate relying on prior related {qualifications}/expertise and evaluation of prior studying and information (APL) alternatives


Profitable apprentices will acquire the next {qualifications}:

  • A level qualification in structure (Half 1) that should be prescribed by the ARB

Apprentices with out English and Maths at Stage 2 on entry might want to obtain that stage earlier than taking their end-point evaluation.

For these with an training, well being and care plan or a legacy assertion the apprenticeships English and Maths minimal requirement is Entry Stage 3 and British Signal Language qualification are an alternative choice to English {qualifications} for whom that is their major language


This can be a Stage 6 diploma apprenticeship.

Evaluate Date

This apprenticeship commonplace can be reviewed after 3 years.

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