Career information for Teachers, Students and Parents

A page set up to help Teachers, Students and Parents find information about becoming an "Architect".

What is an Architect?

A person or entity registered, licensed or otherwise authorized to use the title "architect" and to practice architecture in a province or territory.  In the state of Queensland you must be registered with the Board of Architects of Queensland to use the title of 'Architect' and to offer 'architectural services'.

The most basic definition of an architect is a professional who is qualified to design and provide advice - both aesthetic and technical - on built objects in our public and private landscapes. But this definition barely scratches the surface of an architect's role. Architects serve as trusted advisors, their role is holistic, blending diverse requirements and disciplines in a creative process, while serving the public interest and addressing health and safety matters. (Royal Architectural Institute of Canada)

A day in the life of an ancient Greek architect

Architectural Services?

The practice of architecture1 consists of the provision of professional services in connection with town planning as well as the design, construction, enlargement, conservation, restoration, or alteration of a building or group of buildings. These professional services include, but are not limited to:

  • planning and land-use planning;
  • urban design;
  • provision of preliminary studies, designs, models, drawings, specifications, and technical documentation;
  • coordination of technical documentation prepared by others (consulting engineers, urban planners, landscape architects, and other specialist consultants) as appropriate and without limitation;
  • construction economics;
  • contract administration;
  • monitoring of construction (referred to as supervision on some countries);
  • project management

 1 - UIA Accord on Recommended International Standards of Professionalism in Architectural Practice 

Architecture is?

What is architecture? The word architecture can have many meanings. Architecture can be both an art and a science, a process and a result, and both an idea and a reality. People often use the words "architecture" and "design" interchangeably, which naturally broadens the definition of architecture. If you can "design" your own career goals, aren't you the architect of your own life? It seems there are no easy answers, so we explore and debate the many definitions of architecture, design, and what architects and social scientists call "the built environment." (Jackie Craven.

A quick google search shows that there are as many definitions of architecture as there are architects.  Each registered architect has their own definition of what it is they do but is is fair to say architecture is a passion.


Links and stuff 

The Architectural Practice Board of South Australia has produced a series of 15 videos related to What does an architect do?

The Australian Government provides information at Job Outlook

The Good Careers Guide links you to university courses needed to start your journey.

The Australian Institute of Architects has a number of resources on their SONA Resource page for Teachers and Students.

Architecture AU Magazine  -  some interesting articles and events relating to architecture  - State Library of Queensland toolkit resources for all ages. NSW Architects Registration Board resources

Architects in Queensland

Rolls of the Queensland Board of Architects 1930 - 1980 

Charles Tiffin 1833 - 1873 - Parliament House  and a number of other significant Qld buildings

A DIRECTORY OF QUEENSLAND ARCHITECTS TO 1940 by Donald Watson and Judith McKay

A Digital archive of Queensland architectureThe archive was originally constructed as part of the Hot Modernism project and focused on the period 1945-1975. We are now expanding to include earlier and later periods. The database comprises thousands of audiovisual and textual files that allow you to explore relationships between people, projects and firms.

Qld Gallery of Modern Art - the architecture of the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) and the Queensland Art Gallery.

The Old Windmill - Queensland's oldest structure

Old Government House -

Commissariat Store -

Brisbane Landmark Historical Buildings and Sites -

Customs House -

Queensland Club -

The Mansions -

Land Administration Building -

Old Museum -

Qld Heritage Register -