Employment opportunities for architects, building conservationists and environmental designers
Once you've completed your seven-year education and registered with the ARB, you finally qualify as an architect and employment opportunities should start opening up to you. Many new architects find work with private practices or large construction companies but there's also work to be found in the public sector, with governmental departments, or in the commercial sphere, with large retailers (although these positions can be harder to find). Continual professional development is an important part of any architect's career. Most professional bodies, including regional associations, will have resources to help you further your career and broaden your prospects in the industry.
Architecture can be a lucrative sector but flexibility is key; the amount of work available is closely connected to the property markets and economy (which have suffered in recent years). Environmental designers usually work within the construction industry as members of the design team, with private contractors or within local authorities. They are responsible for establishing a working synergy between the environment and new-build. Building conservationists work with building consultants, but can also find positions with heritage trusts. Typical roles include conservation officer or historic building inspector, and jobs are often available within town planning departments.