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Survey: would you consider becoming an architect-engineer?

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The Arup Foundation wants to find out how many architects would be interested in taking a conversion course to work as an engineer

Have you ever thought about working as both an architect and an engineer? 

A short survey – commissioned by the Arup Foundation – is aimed at architects, architectural assistants and students. It simply asks whether architects would consider taking a 12-18 month masters degree which would allow them to practice as both an architect and a structural or environmental engineer.

Currently in the UK there are limited opportunities to undertake joint study of the two subjects. However, advances in technology have arguably brought the disciplines closer together, creating more opportunities for overlapping skills. 

For example in Germany, one of the ways to qualify as an architect is to study a joint architecture-engineering course, and it is a more established mode of practice than in the UK.

The results of the survey will be shared with the AJ and published at a later date.

Click here to take the survey

There is also a survey asking whether engineers would be interested in taking a conversion course to qualify as an architect. If you are an engineer and would like to take this survey, please click here

Readers' comments (1)

  • When I was a student at the AA we were taught structural calculation. It's only in the last 10 years that Building Control stopped accepting these because they weren't done on the latest software.

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