October the 7th is World Architecture Day and across the globe events are taking place to show appreciation for the work of architects. 

The celebrations bring together architects, planners, engineers and developers to showcase their new work, discuss future projects and examine issues affecting the industry. 

Those who don’t work in the business are also encouraged to take time out today to appreciate the wonder in the buildings that surround us – and possibly also contemplate a new career in architecture. 

Originally conceived in 2005 by the Union International des Architects – the only global organisation representing the world’s 3.2 million architects – in 1996, the International Union of Architects Congress in Barcelona decided the event should coincide with the United Nations’ World Habitat Day.  

This year’s theme is “Architecture…Housing for All” and explores how architecture, construction and social-housing sectors can all work towards sustainable and ethical housing solutions. 

Here in the UK we have a proud history of magnificent architecture and the work of architects continues to shape our everyday lives. It also creates the building blocks upon which our villages, towns, cities and societies will be shaped for the future. 

It’s no exaggeration to say construction can entirely transform environments – and it doesn’t even have to be a building. 

Architects A+DPA have designed a 15-acre wave park that boasts a 5.4-acre surfing lagoon in Coleshill near Birmingham…more than 100 miles from the nearest ocean waves. 

The £25 million Emerge Surf Birmingham will also feature an outdoor heated swimming pool, electric skateboard track, surf school, shop, restaurant, fitness studio, physio and massage room and children’s play area. 

If granted planning, it’s hoped the site could create 100 jobs and attract around 250,000 visitors a year. 

As the brains behind such innovative structures, architects can be thought of as artists who turn a blank canvas into complex drawings that ultimately form the basis of wonderful creations.  

Emerging technology is also pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. For example, 3D digital mapping can work in tandem with 3D printers to quickly create accurate renditions of structures, while drones now assist in examining every aspect of a construction project from the basement to the rooftop.  

It’s not only the drones who get to experience freedom, however. Architects are no longer stuck in an office 9 til 5 poring over drawings: thanks to digital technology and the advent of 5G, today’s projects will see you travelling and working on-site, often in beautiful rural surroundings or right in the heart of the city – yet still connected to the software you need to refer to plans and work on blueprints.  

Variety is another feature of the job, with opportunities to work alongside many different construction workers and tradespeople and see how everything ties together into the final build. 

Not all projects will be new builds, however. Conserving historic architecture is a specialist area that will see you fight for the life of buildings in disrepair or at risk from the effects of extreme weather brought about by climate change.  

As well as analysing a building’s condition with the help of surveyors, you’ll be expected to provide technical guidance on how best to reconstruct or treat major faults, such as damp or subsidence.  

The fire that recently ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is a prime example of a project that requires world-class architectural inspiration to reshape the historic structure and secure its future for generations to come. 

Despite their sometimes wacky and wonderful creations, the best architects must be sympathetic to the local environment. So, having an understanding of local planning regulations is a must – as is taking into account the views of residents. 

Without the right planning permissions projects fail to get off the ground and livelihoods can be affected. That’s why top negotiation skills are necessary – an architect will often work with legal professionals and town planners – as well as lots of patience and the ability to communicate clearly and calmly.  

To become an architect typically involves involves five years of study at university and the completion of a minimum of two years of practical experience. 

You can also choose to study part-time or study while working in architectural practice through the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Studio or through its new apprenticeship route. 

You could also opt to graduate in specialist fields such as planning, urban design or conservation. 

When it comes to career choices, a look at the variety of vacancies available on x1jobs shows there are many ways you can move into architecture. 

While architects themselves are busy working on imagining and designing the structure, architectural technologists ensure the technical aspects can actually work in real life. 

This means they’re an integral part of the design team, focusing on the research of products, processes, legislation and technology – as well as on detailing, designs and drawings.  

If you have a passion for plans and World Architecture Day has inspired you to build a better future for the UK, why not investigate a new career with the latest roles on x1jobs?