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Careers and employability

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A thriving career is in store

As architects are in demand globally, a career in architecture promises to be fruitful and rewarding.

The architecture courses at LSBU help you develop a wide range of employable skills. They are well-connected to key practices in London.

A significant number of our graduates practise as professional architects and have worked, or are working, for practices including: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Allies and Morrison, Fielden Clegg Bradley, Foster and Partners, Hawkins\Brown, Niall MacLaughlin, Rogers Stirk Harbour partnership, Stanton Williams, Wilkinson Eyre, and Zaha Hadid Architects.  We also have graduates working in America, Australia, East Asia, and Africa as well as throughout Europe.  Alumnus Carl Turner was recently awarded the RIBA Manser award; alumnus David Adjaye OBE runs his own international practice. Other graduates, like Patrik Schumacher, have gone on to contribute to major design practices at director level.

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Qualifying and employability

In order to qualify as an architect, following successful completion of RIBA parts 1 and 2 you need to complete a minimum of two years' eligible professional experience, and then pass the final Professional Practice Examination (RIBA part 3). Architecture degrees at LSBU prepare you for future studies, and a fascinating career either as an architect, or in other design-related areas.

Graduates of BA (Hons) Architecture may apply for further study at postgraduate level on our Postgraduate Master in Architecture (RIBA Part 2) programme, or at any RIBA recognised school.

Architecture graduates from the BA (Hons) Architecture at LSBU have been accepted for further studies at prestigious national and international schools, including the Bartlett, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, the Architectural Association, and the Royal College of Art.

Once qualified, architecture graduates could earn a starting salary of £30,000+ a year (National Careers Service).

LSBU Employability Services

Our Employability Services will support you in developing your skills, finding work experience and jobs, and helping you assess how you want to take your career forward. Our range of initiatives to complement your studies include:

  • direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
  • Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
  • mentoring and work shadowing schemes
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