Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

Job Prospects
Future growth over the next 5 years is moderate.
Salary Range
Median weekly earnings: > $1,674 to Source: 2020
Architects plan and design buildings, provide concepts, plans, specifications and detailed drawings, negotiate with builders and advise on the procurement of buildings.

There are currently around 17,000 Architects employed in South Australia. Employment is largely full-time and most work an average of 45 hours per week. Most persons in this occupation are male and the majority are employed in the Adelaide metropolitan area. The average age of workers is 39 and they have a very high skill level.

TAFE SA courses that may be relevant for: Architect

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  • Architects design structures such as office buildings, businesses, stadiums, schools, malls, and homes. They might also design outdoor spaces. An architect will collect all the information for a project to include site selection, environmental impact, zoning laws, building codes, and access to buildings for the disabled. They visit site locations to visualize their projects and prepare scaled drawings to submit to a client or employer as a design. Architects also estimate build costs, materials needed, and the projected time-frame to complete a build.

  • A bachelor’s degree in architectural design is needed to work as an Architect. Many Architects complete postgraduate studies.

    It is recommended that you gain the available qualifications to get the best possible chance of employment.

    TAFE SA offers the following course relevant to this occupation: Diploma of Building Design / Bachelor of Architectural Design - Uni of Adelaide Pathway

  • If you're interested in becoming an architect, practise drawing and design and building things. Try replicating houses or buildings and making them more eye-catching. It may be useful to phone an architect to talk to them about their job. Read books from the library and the many architectural magazines you can find at the newsagent. Also surf the Net to learn as much as you can about this exciting but always-evolving occupation. As far as technical skills are concerned, computer skills are becoming increasingly important as most architects now work with computer-aided design programs. Architects also need good problem solving, organisational, supervisory and communication skills.

    Architects may also be involved in project feasibility studies, strategic asset investigations, heritage studies, urban planning, interior design or landscape design.

    South Australian employers have reported experiencing shortages for this occupation.

  • Architects design anything from houses to small buildings to large-scale developments. To be an architect requires creativity, imagination and an understanding of materials and construction.

    Architects and clients go through a series of steps to arrive at the desired space or building. The first phase informs the architect of the goals of the owner and the boundaries of the project. It includes the collecting and organising of the information and ideas that will drive the project. It is important that the client expresses their desires for the project, which in turn enables the architect to learn the functional requirements and the imagery and style desired by the client to start the process moving in the right direction. Architects will then go through a series of steps to bring the project into focus.

    The first of these involves the listing of the spaces, their sizes, functions and the type of space that would best suit their use and is used to understand the spatial requirements of owners and users. For example, an owner may wish to have a home office and prefer for this to be centrally located within the home. Diagrams, these are a visual statement of ideas, follow and present a clear and logical order to plan the form of the building. Then, to give the owner a visual idea of what their concepts will become in 3-dimensional form, the architect does sketches and/or constructs models of the proposed buildings. Architects estimate construction costs throughout the design process. The owner can then add or subtract from the design to meet their budget. Reviewing the state and local communities conservation and zoning requirements, so the project will receive a building permit, is next.

    Once this stage has been approved, architects can provide the owner with a series of drawings including floor plans, elevations, renderings and, in some circumstances, a model of the proposed building. Final adjustments are made and then, with the client's approval, the architect can complete the construction documents. Construction documents provide builders with a set of directions required to construct the building to the client and architect's specifications. Finally, construction drawings are drawn up for contractors. These are specific instructions for contractors and what is to be built. They indicate all the dimensions and materials of the building.

  • Architects often specialise in particular types of work, for example, domestic, low-rise commercial, high-rise commercial, industrial, conservation and heritage buildings. Architects need to keep up with changing trends in the construction industry and the community. They have considerable contact with the public. They must have an eye for design and flair. They must also be able to merge the creative and practical sides of architectural design and able to analyse problems logically. It is also essential that they have excellent drawing skills and good communication skills.

  • Architects and architectural teams often specialise in a particular area of design or construction from houses to hospitals, restoration to religious buildings, shopping centres to sustainable communities. Anything that can be built an architect can specialise in. However, architects aren't necessarily limited to their area of speciality as many start in one area and move to another or continually take on a variety of projects. Architects work primarily in offices but also spend time on building sites. They tend to work regular work hours but extra hours will need to be invested in order to meet project deadlines. Various employment avenues exist for architects such as, working for architectural firms, consultancies, government departments, residential developers or are themselves self-employed. With experience, architects may move into senior management positions or find work with government agencies. Those with their own consulting firms usually have extensive business experience. Demand for architects is currently strong, however, fluctuations in the economy effect the work available. Industry bodies forecast continued good opportunities for people dedicated to their craft.

    For further information, contact:

    The Architectural Practice Board of South Australia
    L1, 28 Greenhill Road, Wayville SA 5034
    Ph: (08) 8373 2766
    Internet Address:

    Australian Institute of Architects (SA Chapter)
    L2, 15 Leigh Street, Adelaide SA 5000
    Ph: (08) 8402 5900
    Internet Address:

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