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Architecture work accreditation?

Hey guys! Question regarding accreditation for architects in Switzerland. I have a bachelor's degree in architecture (from Sweden) and have a few interviews lined up for internships in the Zurich area. The plan is to do that for a year or two, and then go back to university and do a master's degree.

My question is – do I have to do the master's degree after I complete the internship? Or can I instead "work my way" toward becoming an accredited architect? (With an initial lower salary of course.)

I know this is possible in Sweden, where firms sometimes hire students after their bachelor's degree and they proceed to steadily work their way towards more responsibility etc. In other countries this isn't possible because the title "architect" is highly regulated (e.g. in the US it's illegal to call yourself architect unless you have been licensed by the state). What's the case in CH?

(I guess it also depends on what kind of architect you want to be? I am not interested in being a project manager or the like – much more interested in the design aspect.)

Super grateful for any advice! Thank you!
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Re: Architecture work accreditation?

check also this tread:
https://www.englishforum.ch/employme...itzerland.html


In Switzerland you don't have to have a master degree to work as an architect, but membership in SIA bring some advantages. And they have their own way to choose members.


If you want to stay in architecture you will probably start to think about doing master at some point. If you will go more into business side, than it's not that needed.
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Re: Architecture work accreditation?

Hi OP,

My boyfriend (American) is an architect in Zurich and he has a Masters from a university in the US. He is also a licensed architect in the US...but that licensed bit means nothing here in CH.

Just in case you did not know, you must speak the local language if you want to work in architecture in Switzerland. Aside of very few large international architectural firms, the language spoken/dealt with at work is strictly the local language.

Not all of his colleagues have a masters but many of them do, so not a must, but it looks like it's definitely advantageous.

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Re: Architecture work accreditation?

Architect here.

We often have people doing internship at our firm, we often accept them for 6 month and sometimes we prolong for another 6 months if things work well.
What often happens is that they:
-choose to do the Master in Zürich after the internship
-look to for Work as an architect straight instead of going back to Uni
-go back to their hometown.

If you are looking for a specific job i can maybe help you in Zürich.
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Re: Architecture work accreditation?

Thank you so much for all of your responses! I understand language is a huge advantage, I lived for some time in Basel a few years back so I do have some German in me. Albeit currently rusty

Opst – I've sent you a pm!
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