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"Grant has been working on several of our development schemes across the region and has provided very high quality layouts and images for the presentation of the sites we are promoting through the planning system. All projects have been delivered on time and within budget. We will continue to work with Grant on future projects."


Andrew Laing

Land & Planning Manager

Hollins Strategic Land



“What impressed me most about Grant Erskine Architects is the professionalism, knowledge, experience, unbeatable pricing and the communication throughout. I know their services are endless, but importantly they return calls, provide free initial advice and deliver what they agree to do. I would not hesitate in recommending them where the opportunity should arise.


Top qualities: Great Results, Good Value, On Time”


Joanne Nuttall

Owner, Breakey & Nuttall



“I would describe Grant Erskine Architects as extremely professional, but personable and approachable at the same time and as people who "think outside the box" and really go that extra step to delivery results with quality. In all honesty I would recommend them to anybody including friends and family and we are extremely happy about the project that they recently completed for our business.


Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity


Mike Naughton

Diggle Nursery Owner



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Is it too Late for Me to Become an Architect?

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A lot of people have been asking us if they should be starting their architectural careers in their 30’s or 40’s.


The short and most obvious answer to this would be yes, absolutely. It is never too late to learn and have a change of career. However, realistically, there will be disadvantages to this decision as well. We decided to make a list of the pros and cons as we see them.




You will have an edge.

Whatever it is you studied or worked in previously, it will absolutely be of value to your architectural career. If you were in IT, you will have an obvious advantage over other architecture graduates because what practice doesn’t want to hire someone who can do architecture related tasks AND solve some IT issues here and there? If you come from a medical background, your attention to detail and your ability to learn intricate, complex information will be invaluable. If you come from retail or hospitality, your customer service skills will be very valuable to most practices and to your progression in the career.

What you have to remember is not to compare yourself with other people of your age, but with those with similar experience.


You might not find Architecture School as hard as others do.

Architecture degrees are difficult. They require passion and continuous dedication and hard work – there’s no way around that. But a reason why many students struggle in university is because they don’t manage their time well and kind of expect it to be like college, where teachers still tell you what to do. If you’re a bit older, chances are you’ve already had some kind of stable job at some point – which taught you the discipline of working a full day, which can work miracles if you apply it to your architecture course. Also, having already entered the ‘world of work’ will give you a better perspective on how the stuff you’re learning can be applied.


Now, for THE negative aspect of it all:

You might be earning minimum wage whilst trying to start a family.

Unfortunately, architecture doesn’t pay very well at graduate level at the moment. If you’re also thinking about having children, it’s worth considering whether you’d be able to support your family in the early years of your new career. Also, thinking long term, you’ll have to bear in mind that you might not be able to afford mortgages, savings or pension payments.


Assuming that you take the suggested 7 years to qualify (bear in mind that most people take longer), here’s an estimation of what you might earn and what fees you’ll have to pay:


3 years Undergraduate course - £27,000 (cost)

1 year Part 1 employment – £14,000 (earned)

2 years Masters degree - £18,000 (cost)

1 year Part 2 employment - £20,000 (earned)

Total: - £12,000


Working for 7 years in your current industry for a modest £20,000/year salary

Total: +140,000


The point we’re trying to make is that you should go for it if you have immense passion for it. If you don’t, you’ll probably be overwhelmed by the negative aspects (hard work, low pay). If you do, you will most likely find that it adds more value to your life than staying in a field that you hate yet pays more. Here at Grant Erskine Architects we would find it hard to imagine ourselves doing anything else other than architecture – so we know what we’re talking about!




What’s your perspective on this? Have you been considering a career change? Let us know on Twitter! @GEArchitects


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