Architecture today is much more than walls and interiors – creativity is the buzzword. New developments are making their mark in this sector as experimentation in the fields finds more takers today than earlier.
The art of planning now includes making the project more viable for the client by designing even the elements that will surround the space. Here, we explore the possibilities for those who have (or are getting) an architecture degree, but do not want to be restricted to the planning of kitchens and bedrooms for homes.
Landscape architecture has taken a whole new hue as a viable vocation, as people now buy houses based on the surroundings available with it. Second homes are also now sold on the premise that they offer a landscape that is unavailable of unaffordable in the metro cities. This demand has generated a million dollar industry in small cities, and hence the need for landscape architects. Landscape planning also allows an architect to use wider spaces and incorporate nature for his or her creative outputs, and so is an attractive option if you want a signature landscape to show case your talent.
The term is self explanatory. Rising awareness of the ill effects on environment through various forms of pollution has given rise to this vocation. The architect becomes a planner and makes a deliberate attempt to improve damaged area. The ‘green effect’ is what one aims to achieve while ensuring that the productivity of the land is restored. Thus architects are in demand to repair agricultural land for those having farm houses, plantations, and so on. Protecting and restoring damaged lands requires an understanding of ecology while contributing to preservation of national wealth.
With new phrases like eco-tech urbanism, landscape urbanism has taken on a whole new meaning. Urbanism is the practice of creating the best human habitats for living, work, and play. It covers the entire gamut of city planning, and thus provides a wider canvas for architects. So the architect designs everything, from the appearance of bus stops, theatres, residential and commercial buildings in the complex, to their placement. The buildings, along with the entire complex, can be aesthetically linked by a concept. Landscape urbanism though a relatively new term, has now become a must for developers hoping to attract buyers to their properties with the aid of this art firm in what would otherwise be merely utilitarian.
Trade show architect:
These architects design trade shows. The much hyped fashion weeks and thousands of trade shows held across the country are all designed by architects who specialize in creating attractive stalls. The architect works closely with carpenters, metal smiths and engineers to ensure the aesthetic presentation of the exhibition booths so as to attract and accommodate the maximum possible visitors. The job ensures that, on a short term investment of labor the dividends are aplenty, thus letting you enjoy holidays in the off season. In India, this work is normally done by freelance architects who choose their own team for labor. However opportunities for a quick buck in the field have led to big event management firms, too, getting into the fray with teams of architects.
Real estate developers:
An architect can also be a real estate developer. The job would be to make improvements to existing real estate thus increasing its value. With the demand for real estate at a high, this is a good time to enter this field. The small addition of a utility can increase the worth of a project, and an architect is the best person for the job as she or he can design these changes. The educational specializations in this field include new courses, so far only available in leading universities in the west. With few current practitioners in our country, the field should be relatively easy to penetrate.