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Architects will take a number of years to learn their trade fully. They will often shadow a more senior architect for a couple of years, possibly more, before practising by themselves.
Salaries will start around £15,000, but as their advice and expertise becomes more useful it may rise to around £20,000 while still working under a senior.
Once RIBA part 2 is complete, an architect can earn around £20,000 to 35,000 and, once fully qualified, salaries can range from £35,000 to £60,000, although this largely depends on the type of architecture one specialises in.
Experienced and successful project architects can earn in excess of £120,000, although the average figure is somewhat lower.
Norman Foster is a leading British architect best known for his high structures. After serving in the RAF, Foster studied Architecture at Manchester University (1956-61) and Yale University (1961-2). In 1967 he founded his own company 'Foster Associates' which has now grown into an enormously successful practice with projects all over the world. His most famous building include Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, Kings Cross Redevelopment and the Gherkin.
I.M. Pei left China aged 18 to study Architecture at MIT before becoming an instructor and assistant professor at Harvard. In 1955 he founded I.M. Pei and Partners in New York and frequently works on large scale buildings that are renowned for their sharp, geometric designs. He is most well known for his controversial large scale glass pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris and the Bank of China in Hong Kong.
Born in Liverpool in 1830, Alfred Waterhouse was a famous English Victorian Architect best known for designing the Natural History Museum. He was educated at the Grove House Friends' School in Liverpool and went on to become the assistant to Richard Lane in Manchester. After extensive training he travelled around Europe returning in 1854 to set up his own practice. Other famous works include the Town Hall in Manchester and the Prudential Assurance Buildings in London.