Architecture Teacher: Job Duties & Requirements

Architecture teachers are responsible for educating postsecondary students on the basic principles and fundamentals of architecture. Read below to learn more about the educational and skill requirements, job description, employment and salary outlook for an architecture teacher.

Job Description for an Architecture Teacher

Architecture teachers create lesson plans and deliver lectures on architectural design concepts and the history of the field. They also evaluate the work of students in a classroom setting. Teachers are required to keep office hours for students in order to advise them and help them with any problems in class. Some architecture teachers conduct field research and publish their findings in journals or books. Most architecture teachers are expected to keep current on trends and methodology, even if they do not design themselves.

Education Graduate degree in architecture, doctorate preferred; 5-years field experience often required
Job Duties Teaching, student assessment, research
Median Salary (2015)* $73,920 per year
Job Outlook (2014-2024)* 9%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Required Education

Depending on their position, most postsecondary architecture teachers are required to earn a doctoral degree in architecture. According to O*Net Online in 2016, 32% of responding architecture teachers held a doctoral degree in the field while 30% held a master's degree. In addition to a formal education in architecture, experience as an architect in the commercial world is highly valued by postsecondary educational institutions; five years of experience is often asked of job candidates. Some professionally-certified architects teach on a part-time basis, in addition to pursuing their own design projects. Individuals teaching architecture must also continue to expand their education by learning the latest trends and developments in this field.

Required Skills

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that architecture teachers must have the following qualities:

  • Ability to communicate complex architectural concepts to students
  • Artistic skills and drawing abilities
  • Organization skills
  • Computer knowledge
  • Reading, writing, and speaking skills

Employment and Salary Outlook

According to Architect Magazine, architecture teachers can find job opportunities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Job prospects are expected to remain steady because the field of architecture is continuing to grow. However, this also means that job openings will become more competitive among an increasing number of applicants. As a result, the BLS reported that the employment opportunities for architecture teachers were expected to increase at a faster than average pace of 9% from 2014-2024. The median annual salary for postsecondary architecture teachers was $73,920 in 2015.


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