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Does Experience Outweigh Education?

7 years of studying before you can call yourself a qualified Architect… but is it worth the money and time?

Following the tripling of university course fees in 2012, architectural students have arguably felt the effects more than most. Field trips and expensive technical equipment along with the seven-year-long course can be a somewhat daunting proposition facing the architectural students of today. Does becoming a qualified architect really guarantee a secure role at the end of it? The question is; is it really all worth it?

When speaking with clients, one of the frequently asked questions is, “what experience do they have?” In light of the fact that the architectural market is very candidate led, companies are more interested in a candidate’s experience than in what qualifications they’ve received. Yes, you can’t call yourself an ‘Architect’ unless you’ve completed seven years in education, however, the demand in the current market is high for experienced candidates who are passionate to learn and progress within the industry as quickly as possible.

For candidates and in particular students, it is important to look at other opportunities rather than focusing on positions for fully qualified Architects. Being Part I or Part II qualified doesn’t imply that you won’t find a position within an Architectural practice. Gaining valuable experience by securing a role as an Architectural Assistant can set you up for far superior opportunities in the future, as well as being more financially viable. Clients are far more concerned about completing a job to the highest standard, therefore a proven track record would inevitably take preference over a less experienced but more qualified option.

For a confidential discussion about current opportunities, or to discuss the market, do get in touch with myself or one of the Construction Team here at Rolf Berryman on 01273 900733 or email

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