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An architect’s role consists of the following tasks:

  • Planning and drawing the design of the building
  • Overseeing the construction
  • Environmental and economic needs
  • Health and safety considerations
  • Safety of the construction team
  • Submitting financial reports

Qualifications and Training

Becoming a qualified architect is a long process but the results at the end will be worth it. The first step to becoming an architect is to complete an undergraduate university degree in architecture. It is also important to have at least one year’s experience during the degree (or after). The second part of the qualification process is prior to the undergraduate degree which is a two year course which extends your knowledge of architecture.

Once the education part is out the way, it is vital to take part in at least two years of paid experience which prepares you for the final examination. This final part will look at the experience you have got throughout the qualification stages and then will end with an exam, written and oral.

Once you have completed all of these stages you can then register as an architect with the ARB (Architects Registration Board). This is to ensure that the public know that you are a fully qualified architect.

Going Freelance

There are numerous benefits of freelancing, for example:

  • The flexibility of doing as much as you want when you want
  • Good pay
  • Little competition with lack of freelance architects
  • Benefit of increasing your take home pay.

In fact our freelancer take home pay calculator shows you how much you can expect to take home as a freelancer.

There is always the question of how much to charge your clients. This all depends on how qualified you are, your experience and where abouts the work is. It varies from around £150+ per day or £35k+ pa.

Finding Work as a Freelance Architect

A great way to find freelance work is to advertise yourself directly. You can do this through newspapers, private websites or Craigslist. You can also sign yourself up to freelance websites which give a list of directories of freelance architects; gofreelance and ifreelance.

You may also want to setup a website, this can be used to showcase any previous work you have done, also it gives you a platform to send any potential clients to that is full of positive information on you.

Having made the decision to give it a go, whether full or part time and whether to set up as a sole trader or limited company, you’re going to need a wide range of tax and accountancy advice and support in the early days when setting up as a freelancer.

The most daunting thing about going freelancing for most people is the thought of having to engage with an accountant. At first glance it’s easy; you go down to your local high street accountant who quotes you anything from £250 – £600 plus VAT to do your end of year accounts for you.

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