Building on Architecture

career consultancy for the architecture industry

My name's Matthew Turner. I'm an architect and one of the web's leading specialist careers doctors. I've been tackling architects' careers issues through the monthly 'Dear Matthew' column in Building Design magazine for many years, and since 2015 as the Architect's Journal's Careers Coach.


I've given one-to-one advice to many architects looking to develop both within and beyond the profession, as well as provide career development services to practices.


My approach is grounded in the varied experience I have of working in and around architectural practice in the UK, Europe, India and Australia. As well as being a practising architect (in both small and large firms), I've worked as a client representative, funder, competition juror, lecturer and architectural journalist. And I also have experience of working on a broad range of different projects beyond architecture, from being funded to research the effectiveness of government investment programmes in the built environment, right through to designing and building my own house.


My working life so far is proof of my belief in (and enthusiasm for) the idea that there are many ways to work with an architectural training – and as a careers consultant I really enjoy the process of helping people find the way that best works for them.

For many years, my architects career doctor column has been the best read architecture careers guidance on the web and in print, published since 2007 by Building Design (BD), and from 2015 with the Architects Journal, as the AJ coach.