How to Become an Architect

To become an architect, you will need a combination of education and internship experience.

You might need to complete an architecture degree and can then move onto a hands-on internship experience with a professional architectural firm.

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Liverpool’s Sky Bar in Park Regis Hotel to Open in Spring 2016

Liverpool’s new Sky Bar in Park Regis Hotel, at Auchinleck House, began to take shape in May this year.

Only now, the external of the building is complete but there is a delay with the opening set to be in time for Christmas.

The bar shall sit above the 15th-floor private dining area in the new hotel. It will hold seating for up to 250 people and it is due to open to the public in 2016.

Construction work has been extended following the hopes of it opening in October 2015. Colmore Tang Construction, building firm, have stated it is now expected to open in Spring 2016.

Managing director at Colmore Tang Construction, Andy Robinson, said: “The project schedule has been extended to incorporate extra features. There include changes to the size and scope of the fourth-floor reception and restaurant area which now takes up the entire podium area, plus changes to the extensive balcony area overlooking Broad Steet which will be the largest outdoor space of any hotel in the city.

These changes have been incorporated so that the hotel operator can take advantage of the food and beverage opportunities it anticipates from the 500 new apartments Colmore Tang is also creating around Five Ways Island.

All of the elements unaffected by the changes are ready for the finishing touches.

This addition to other places of interest and notable architecture in Liverpool, Park Regis Hotel’s Sky Garden is sure to impress!

The Big Hoot - the owl inspired by Liverpool architecture

Dotted about Liverpool are a few owls - 89 to be exact.

Each of the owls are a part of Liverpool’s high profile public art event, The Big Hoot, which is the brainchild of Liverpool Children’s Hospital and public arts specialist, Wild in Art.

A Malvern based artist, Rachel Blackwell, painted 1 of the 89 and was inspired by Liverpool architecture, its parks and the people featuring the iconic architectural structure that is the Library of Liverpool, amongst others.

The Library of Liverpool was opened over 2 years ago and can be found in Centenary Square in the city. It was one of the six buildings shortlisted for the awards of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Liverpool architecture proves to be inspiring to the public.

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RIBA awards for the best British architecture 2015

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) based in London has chosen thirty-seven winners for its 2015 awards!

The winners from the awards have seen one from Wales, two from Northern Ireland, five from Scotland, and twenty-nine from England. A total of nine private houses were included in the list, alongside eight developer-led housing buildings.

RIBA President, Stephen Hodder, noted: “The UK is blighted by poor-quality new housing and dilapidated school buildings, so I am delighted that the notable trends amongst this year’s RIBA National Award winners are the volume of inspiring new housing and education projects.

The winners of the RIBA awards can be seen below:


  • University of Greenwich, Stockwell Street Building by Heneghan Peng Architects
  • Burntwood School by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • St Mary of Eton Church, Apartments and Community Rooms by Matthew Lloyd Architects
  • The Foundry by Architecture oo
  • NEO Bankside by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
  • University Campus for Hult International Business School by Sergison Bates Architects
  • Bonhams by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
  • Ashmount Primary School by Penoyre & Prasad
  • Lerving House by Jamie Fobert Architects
  • Foyles by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
  • Kew House by Piercy&Company
  • Brentford Lock West by Duggan Morris Architects
  • Darbishire Place by Niall McLaughlin Architects
  • National Theatre (NT Future) by Haworth Tompkins


  • Abode, Great Kneighton, Cambridge by Proctor and Matthews Architects

East Midlands

  • Parkside, Matlock by Evans Vettori Architects Limited
  • Uppingham School Science Centre by Orms

North West

  • Lancaster University, Engineering Building by John McAslan and Partners
  • Manchester Metropolitan University Student Union by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • The Whitworth, Manchester by MUMA


  • Alfriston School, Beaconsfield by Duggan Morris Architects
  • Flint House, Waddeston by Skene Catling de la Pena
  • The Fishing Hut by Niall McLaughlin Architects

South East

  • Sussex House by Wilkinson King Architects
  • WWF-UK Headquarters Living Planet Centre, Woking by Hopkins Architects

South West

  • Myrtle Cottage Garden Studio, Bradford on Avon by Stonewood Design
  • Dundon Passivhaus, Compton Dundon by Prewett Bizley Architects


  • Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent by Feilden Clegg Bradley


  • Sheffield Cathedral, New Main Entrance and reordering by Thomas Ford & Partners


  • Cliff House, Southgate by Hyde + Hyde Architects

Northern Ireland

  • Old See House, Belfast by RPP Architects with Richard Murphy Architects
  • House at Maghera by McGonigle McGrath


  • Maggies Lanarkshire by Reiach and Hall Architects
  • Arcadia Nursery, University of Edinburgh by Malcolm Fraser Architects
  • West Burn Lane, St Andrews by Noone Hussey Architects
  • Dalmunach Distillery by Archial Norr (Inverness Studio)
  • Laurieston Transformational Area, Glasgow by Elder and Cannon Architects and Page Park Architects

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Architecture of Liverpool - points of historical interest.

Although Liverpool in England has existed for over 1000 years, today’s city is certainly a product of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries with variety of architectural styles. Liverpool is a young city, having grown rapidly…

13 reasons to hire an architect for a building project

There are a number of reasons to consider hiring an architect for a building project of any kind.

It is essentially one of the most reliable options for any housing or domestic project of any kind.

Here are thirteen ways in which an architect can help make your building project a success:

1. Architects will conceptualise and put your best ideas into a form that you can visualise so that you will have solid plans to present to your contractors and builders.

2. You will be able to utilise Contract Administration (CA); from that your architect will keep an eye on the construction and should be able to answer any of your questions and making sure the project is sticking to the original design intent.

3. They knowledge will cover everything from landscape design, sociology, law, and ergonomics, in addition to the expected areas of construction materials and techniques.

4. If a priority to your project is ‘green’, you will have the assurance of expert assistance for your project and making sure it is respectable to the surrounding environment, also make the design an environmentally conscious one.

5. Architects will serve as your liaison between the builders and contractors, subcontractors, interior designers, landscape designers, and government offices that are going to be visiting to ensure everything is going smoothly.

6. Architects will be able to anticipate any potential issues with a prospective design and prevent any mistakes that may have occurred if you opting to take on the role yourself, saving you the cost.

7. They will be able to guide you on maximising your space and budget.

8. It is possible that will suggest to you design and material options of which yourself and your builder may not have been aware of. A builder will generally follow your instructions and an architect will aid you in making the best decisions for yourself and the property.

9. Architects will most likely have connections in the industry; once they have completed their initial role, they can then help you identify the professionals to do your job.

10. They will liaise with the builders to ensure that the work is being done in accordance with the plan and the required materials are being used.

11. They will deal with the tasks of securing permits and any zoning issues.

12. Value will be added to your property if it is well designed.

13. A building that has been professionally designed will often have lower maintenance costs!

The decision of hiring an architect for your building project will be vital for its progression.
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4 reasons to hire an architect in 2015

Build your dream in 2015: Here are 4 reasons to hire an #architect!

4 reasons to hire an architect in 2015 As it’s the start of a new year, a number of people are following their dreams of building the perfect home or prope

Understanding the architectural process

The process of architectural work is a lengthy process that relies on planning and constant development to reach the client’s vision.

There are a few components to architecture that result to the final design of the project:

- Gathering information
- Concept development
- Concept evaluation
- Design development
- Visualisation
- Consent

Gathering information

Once a construction site has been engaged, architects will then gather information about the construction site which will all be dependant on the project requirements.
There is a possibility that photographs will need to be take in order to survey the site thoroughly.

Any issues that may affect the construction regarding the existing planting, water courses and soil type will have to be addressed.
It is likely that a confirmation of the detailed process will be done in writing to ensure who knows who is doing what.

Concept development

This is the time when the ball gets rolling as it is the opportunity for the architect’s initial ideas to be presented to the client as receive feedback on those ideas.
A floor plan may be offered with some perspective drawings that will give the client an idea of the overall layout and possibly the look and style of the proposition.

Concept evaluation

In this part of the design process, it’s mostly about whether the client is happy about the direction the architect is heading in.
Liaising with the client frequently is what helps the project move forward, it is usual for minor disagreements to occur on the detail of the design. This essentially encourages more discussions.

By this stage, a clear sense of budget can be distinguished and if any problems will impact the number.
It is also an appropriate time to ensure the client and architect are ready to continue with the designs and the drawings.

Design development

In the third phase of the project, once the concept has come to a mutual agreement, the architect will begin the process of testing and refining ideas that will contribute to the overall shape of the building.

It is possible a Quantity Surveyor will be requested to estimate an independent cost. The budget may be discussed again with it relevance to prioritising over cost, time and quality.


It can be difficult to visualise the finished building just by referring to an image which is why it is important to ensure that a client understands what is being done.
Generally, floor plans, flows, elevations and cut0through section drawing will be provided by architects along with the usual detailed sketches.


Towards this stage of the architectural process, a building consent will need to be applied for on behalf of the client, if this hadn’t already been done in the concept stage.
For a contract price to be submitted, a builder will need a very detailed proposition about the project.

As seen, architecture is a gruelling process that results in truly awe-inspiring buildings and structures.
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Architecture and design courses “Highest on Record” in the UK

Architecture and design courses “Highest on Record” in the UK

With architecture and design applications on a rise by around 14% this year alone it is recorded that this is in fact the ‘Highest on Record’ in the UK. This is due to the fact a total of 13,600 non-EU students have applied for courses starting 2014 in architecture and design, with a further 6,310 applicants applying for architecture courses.

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