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Occupation Profile

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

Architectural Assistants work beneath supervision of an Architect, Senior Architect or challenge chief, who has the general duty for delivering a challenge. They contribute to delivering tasks of various scale and sort; for instance, an workplace skyscraper, semi-detached home, café, faculty or bridge. Architectural Assistants work on the design of latest buildings and the redesign of present buildings (resembling a home extension or an inside refurbishment).

They work carefully with a design group assembled to ship the challenge. Design groups may embrace: Engineers, Amount Surveyors, Inside Designers, Panorama Architects and Challenge Managers. In addition they work with different associated professionals resembling City Planning Authorities, Heritage Consultants, Constructing Management Inspectors and/or Social gathering Wall Surveyors; in addition to expert trades resembling Carpenters or Joiners throughout the development course of.

Architectural Assistants work in organisations of various sizes, from a small apply of only some 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 mixture of each. As a result of their abilities are simply transferable they’re able to work for different development and design associated companies (e.g. property consultants, development corporations, planning authorities or inside designers).

Architectural Assistants can progress to being an Architect. With a purpose to develop into 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 entails:

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

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

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

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

Data, Expertise and Behaviours

The next information, abilities, and behaviours mirror 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 methods resembling hand-sketched drawings and diagrams; use of applicable instruments and supplies to create bodily constructing fashions of various scale and complexity to discover and develop design concepts and to be used in consumer displays

  • Generate architectural design proposals of various scales and sort, 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 data with the design group (e.g. engineering, landscaping and inside design)

2. Historical past and Idea

  • Historical past of structure and its impression 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. Wonderful Arts

  • Arts that relate to theoretical ideas of structure (e.g. the usage of color and sound in creating environment 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 vital drawings and paperwork that adjust to nationwide and native planning coverage

5. Folks and Atmosphere

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

  • Establish person wants and the native context wherein 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 duties of Architectural Assistants to purchasers, constructing customers, contractors, co-professionals and the broader society
  • The function of the Architect inside the design group and development business
  • The potential impression of constructing tasks on present and proposed communities

  • Ship companies beneath the supervision of an Architect or a challenge chief, prioritising the pursuits of the consumer and different stakeholders 
  • Downside remedy and use skilled judgement to take initiative and make applicable contributions to resolution making

7. Transient Evaluation

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

  • Analysis and examine related data (e.g. website evaluation, earlier architectural tasks) to assist challenge improvement to make sure all consumer 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 development (e.g. offsite fabrication)

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

9. Applied sciences

  • Various supplies, processes and methods that apply to architectural design and constructing development, together with the impression 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 function of BIM and different related applied sciences used within the design course of

  • Consider supplies, processes and methods that apply to architectural designs and constructing development, and the place practicable combine various supplies, processes and methods into design proposals
  • Apply completely 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) 
  • Permitted Paperwork for Constructing Rules
  • UK laws and well being and security necessities 

  • Meet consumer’s transient inside the constraints of the imposed finances limitations
  • Meet consumer’s transient inside the constraints of the constructing laws

11. Trade Context and Challenge Supply

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

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



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

Attempt 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 consumer, society and the career
5. Status

Bear in mind their competence {and professional} expertise, to make sure they’re unlikely to convey the career into disrepute

6. Skilled improvement Decide to figuring out their very own particular person skilled improvement wants, together with maintaining updated with altering design developments

Entry Necessities

Any entry necessities shall be set by particular person employers together with the related college. Sometimes, 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 length of this apprenticeship is usually 48 months. Timescales might differ relying on prior related {qualifications}/expertise and evaluation of prior studying and information (APL) alternatives


Profitable apprentices will achieve the next {qualifications}:

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

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

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


This can be a Degree 6 diploma apprenticeship.

Evaluate Date

This apprenticeship customary shall be reviewed after 3 years.

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