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  • Architecture requires you to be able to think both creatively and logically in order to visualise concepts that is inspiring but also realistic
  • You will also need to complete a Master’s Degree in Architecture or its equivalent to be a qualified architect
  • Admission to Architect school is highly competitive, so you need to consider which Pre-University course you want to pursue carefully



Architecture is both an art and a science by creating visually inspiring structures and spaces, while ensuring that their designs are safe and functional. The work of architects does not just end with just their draft – they need to work closely with engineers and contractors, to ensure that the construction is as close as possible to their drawings and specifications.

If you choose to be an architect, you need to be able to think both creatively and logically in order to visualise concepts that is inspiring but also realistic. You can also expect to work under pressure and meet project deadlines, both in the design studio and in your career. You will also need to be able to showcase and communicate your concepts behind the designs. Being an architect also means that you will not just be sitting in your cubicle, but also meeting clients and builders at construction sites. Most importantly, you have to be prepared for a challenging and long process of being a qualified architect. Most architecture degrees will have design studio projects that require you to showcase concepts, drawings and models. These presentation days carry a lot of pressure and many students will tell you about the all-nighters and pressure they are under.

‘’a fully qualified architect will need to study up to the equivalent of Master’s degree and each country or region will have its own set of requirements (including examinations and years of internship) that will allow you to be a certified professional’’

Having graduated from architecture, you can also pursue to become Architectural Model Specialist, Architectural Structure Specialist, 3D Visualiser, Design Consultant, Landscape Architect, Resort / Hotel Conceptual Architect or Town Planning Conceptual Architect.

Various Fields Available

As an architecture graduate, you will have developed valuable technical and design skills for a career in architecture, built environment, construction and landscape design.


  • Architecture is the scientific and artistic process as well as the product of planning, designing, and constructing physical structures.

Types of jobs

  • Architect
  • Architectural Model Specialist
  • Architectural Structure Specialist
  • 3D Visualiser
  • 3D Visualiser
  • Landscape Architect
  • Resort / Hotel Conceptual Architect
  • Town Planning Conceptual Architect

Successful people/ companies

  • Zaha Hadid was an Iraqi-British architect, well-known for her fluid organic designs, who designed the aquatic centre for the London 2012 Olympics, the Broad Art Museum in the USA, and the Guangzhou Opera House in China. She became the first woman to be awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in 2015.

Education Pathways

In order to be enrolled in an architecture degree, you will need good pass in your Secondary Education, including Mathematics, and an accepted Pre-University qualification. You will also need to complete a Master’s Degree in Architecture or its equivalent to be an architect graduate. Do your research before choosing your Pre-University courses as architecture is a competitive and challenging degree that have more specific requirement and subject prerequisites.

Types of qualifications

  • Degree in Architecture
  • Master’s Degree in Architecture

Entry requirement

  • Good pass in Secondary Education and Pre-University course.*
  • Minimum architecture degree CGPA of 3.0 , portfolio and letters of recommendation.

Duration of courses

  • 3 to 5 years
  • 2 to 4 years

*As a rule of thumb: ‘A’ Level minimum 2 Cs including Mathematics; STPM minimum 2 Cs including Mathematics; Australian Pre-University minimum of ATAR 70.0; CPU minimum average of 65% in 6 subjects; Foundation in Arts minimum CGPA of 2.0.