here's the training... can't be an architect without completing the three stages..
the basic and most common route in the UK
1......RIBA (royal institute of British Architects) part one (pt1) --- three years degree - university taught course full time --- Architectural basics
2.....Year Out -- Year in industry -- working for an architects somewhere in the world..
3.....RIBA part two --- Two year diploma -- university taught course full time.. (really hard work!.. lots of late nights...!) Design/ construction/ management/ materials etc..
4.....RIBA part three --- One year minimum Proffesional Practice Management... legal stuff/ contract/ fees etc.. University Part time( whilst working in a UK architects) --- Exams (really hard ones!)/ course work/ Interviews etc... Quite difficult to balance while working as well (so i'm told)
All in all a minimum of Seven years... (not many people do it that quickly) paid work kind of gets in the way..
Salaries are not goot for architects... there are too many of us/ and other types of proffesion are moving into the role that we have traditionally taken...
Some forms of contract are better for other people such as project managers/ surveyors etc to be the lead member of the design team... We are also competing too much for work (working for much less of a percentage)
Look at the RIBA website... http://www.architecture.com
that has the recommended salaries for places to live..
Also look at the Hays Montroes (employment agency) website.. they have the tables worked out as well.. Contracting gets you more money ... just less job security
Thanks for your help guys