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Architecture BA(Hons): After you graduate

Careers and progression

Graduates from this course now work for leading architectural practices around the world.

Completion of the degree automatically gives RIBA Part 1 exemption – the first step towards becoming an architect. The course also enables graduates to move into other fields.


What our graduates say

Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.

Cathy Bailey

Former student: Cathy Bailey
Year of graduation: 1988
Current job: Architect, Planning Design Development Ltd
Location: Milton Keynes

The combination of creative studio work and academic study made architecture an appealing degree choice for Cathy.  She soon found she had a passion for the subject and is now doing a job she loves.

"Although I knew very little about architecture when I was choosing my degree, it seemed to fit well with my interests.  The course at Kingston University had a good reputation and offered a balanced mix of academic study combined with an emphasis on high quality design. I also spoke to a couple of architects who suggested that Kingston's students were well regarded within the profession.

"The course itself was fantastic. I loved it from the minute I started and it certainly exceeded my expectations. We were introduced to design in an exciting and stimulating manner and really encouraged to use our imaginations and explore ideas thoroughly. In the first year we spent a lot of time designing things other than buildings which was a surprise. Highlights of my time at university include great fieldtrips to places such as Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin, and winning my first architectural competition.

"After finishing my degree I knew I wanted to continue to qualify as an architect. Finding my first job seemed relatively easy and I think this was mainly due to the extensive portfolio I had produced. I worked for a small firm of architects and went on to study for a Diploma in Architecture. Studying for the final RIBA Part III exams while working was hard but in 1993 I qualified and was finally able to call myself an architect.

"In 1995 I joined Planning Design Development. It's a medium-sized firm employing architects, quantity surveyors and planning supervisors. We have a varied workload that ranges from refurbishment projects, residential developments, sports facilities through to master planning for large areas of development or regeneration projects. I'm currently working on a new secondary school building and I am also involved in a large retail and warehouse facility. 

"My job means I'm always doing something different and constantly learning new skills. I love working independently while also being part of a team.  I enjoy forging strong working relationships with clients, other consultants and working with contractors. I also like the balance of the desk job combined with design time and being out onsite. There's a great deal of satisfaction when a project is complete and the client is happy.

"My degree at Kingston definitely inspired my desire to become an architect and gave me a great grounding in the skills needed to do the job. The structure of the course means there is plenty of opportunity to explore areas of individual interest in greater depth while its broad base means that you acquire a good general knowledge in the core subjects.   I would unreservedly recommend the course. I've got a great job doing what I love with something new to tackle almost everyday."


Former student:  Steven Cleveland
Year of graduation: 2001
Current job: Asset management surveyor, Norwich City Council
Location: Norwich

Steven enjoyed studying architecture but decided against a career in the profession.  He is now working to become a building surveyor and finds his knowledge of architecture an invaluable asset in both his job and professional studies.

"I chose to study architecture because it joined together my interests in construction and art and design, and I selected Kingston University because it offers a RIBA* recognised course, good facilities and good teaching staff.  Furthermore, it's in the perfect location, being close to London and some of the best buildings in the UK. Plus it's a fantastic place to be a student.

"Architecture is not a course to do if you want an easy three years!  But the hard work is worth it. I think the studio element of the course was probably the most enjoyable and challenging aspect. Having to work to a brief and design a building are excellent skills to learn, helping build your problem-solving abilities and spatial awareness.

"The course is designed so that you get to know people from the start. The trip to Italy in the first year was fantastic and really opened my eyes to different types of architecture.  Another high was the way the students rallied round to help each other in the final year. The final highlight was getting a 2:1 at the end of it all.

"After graduating I decided not to pursue a professional qualification in architecture and initially worked for the civil service, mainly dealing with benefit claims. Just over a year later I got a job I really wanted in the property services technical department at my local authority.  Despite having little experience, my degree showed I could do the work.

"I started off as a trainee and was promoted to asset management surveyor early in 2006.  The work mostly involves dealing with social housing which can be anything from Georgian buildings to 1960s council estates. It includes surveys, upgrade programmes and maintenance programmes, as well as solving tricky technical issues. I like that my job provides the opportunity to meet lots of different people and I really enjoy investigating buildings, finding out what is wrong with them and how to go about solving problems.

"I am now aiming to become a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors as a building surveyor and, as part of my job, I study building surveying at postgraduate level.  My architecture degree has been of real benefit, giving me an excellent foundation to the course and there are also many aspects I use in my work on a daily basis.

"Going to university is one of the best life experiences you can have. It can be a shock to the system at first, but the opportunities a degree can provide far outweigh the negatives."

* Royal Institute of British Architects


Examples of recent graduate destinations

Types of job

Architecture BA(Hons) graduates have gone on to the following roles:

  • Director of architecture
  • Managing director
  • Chairman of board
  • Chairwoman of the board
  • Vice president
  • Architect partner
  • Principal architect
  • Associate architect
  • Architect
  • Consultant architect
  • Architectural technician
  • Part 1 architectural assistant/intern
  • Senior associate
  • Designer
  • Senior designer
  • Art director
  • Principal facilities designer
  • 3D visualiser
  • Project designer
  • Project leader
  • Education manager
  • Assistant professor architecture
  • Senior lecturer architecture
  • Teacher architecture
  • Freelance visualiser
  • Account director
  • Architectural designer
  • Building conservation architect
  • Arboreal architect
  • Historic building consultant
  • Stone consultant
  • Interior designer
  • Planner
  • Asset management surveyor


Architecture BA(Hons) graduates have gone on to work at the following organisations:

  • Acorn Conservation Design
  • Allies and Morrison
  • Alpha studio
  • Amanda Levete Architects
  • Arizona State University
  • Asynsis Architecture and Design
  • Atelier d'Architecture
  • Barry Connor Design Ltd
  • B.A.S.E. Ltd
  • Bennetts Associates
  • Broadway Malyan Ltd
  • Built to Last/Crystal Clear
  • Burrell Foley Fischer LLP
  • Carpenter Lowings
  • Christ & Gantenbein
  • Conceptual Devices
  • Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
  • Dunnell Robertson Partnership
  • Eco Studio One LLC
  • Edward Cullinan Architects
  • Elizabeth Lynch Architects
  • Fair Deal Estates Ltd
  • Featherstone Young
  • Finlay Brewer
  • Fluor
  • Foreign Office
  • Formation Architects Ltd
  • Friend and Company Architects
  • Glas Architects + Designers
  • Grainge Architects
  • Grammenos Architects
  • Greenwich University
  • Hawkins Brown
  • Heatherwick Studio Innovation Group
  • Ian Pedley Associates
  • Imagination Ltd
  • John Pardey Architects
  • Lambert Smith Hampton
  • Levitt Bernstein Associates
  • Mandarin Stone
  • MAP Architecture & Planning LTD
  • McDowell Benedetti
  • Map Projects Ltd
  • MOO Arc Ltd
  • Moran Hook
  • Moriarty & Associates
  • Nightingale Associates
  • Norwich City Council
  • Open-City
  • Orms Architects
  • Purcell
  • Pyrus Architecture + Design
  • Powered Living Ltd
  • Praxos O.E
  • RAD
  • RHWL Architects
  • Russell Taylor Architects
  • Signbox Limited
  • Simon Conder Associates
  • Stanton Williams
  • Stephen Bradbury Architects
  • Studio Callaghan
  • Studio J
  • Serious Pictures
  • Smith Reklambyra
  • Semsi Office
  • SGP Property Services
  • Tait Architects
  • The Building Centre
  • Trevor Brown
  • Tom Dixon Design Research Ltd
  • Vision Direct
  • Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Wates Group
  • World Monuments Fund
  • Woods Bagot
  • Yard Partners

In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate. 

As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:

  • placements;
  • working or studying abroad;
  • volunteering;
  • peer mentoring roles; and
  • internship opportunities within and outside the University.

In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.

Courses available after you graduate

If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 per cent discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni. Here are some courses that might interest you:

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