Career as an Architect

We live in our minds and existence is the attempt to bring that life into physical reality to state it in gesture and form.

These were the words of an architect by profession. As far as architecture is concerned this holds true even today and probably will for centuries to come. Simply put architecture means the art and science of designing buildings and other physical structures. However, over the past few years the concept has vastly metamorphosed from dealing in urban design and landscape architecture to construction of furniture. Architecture is the way of defining spaces through built structures over time more thought is being given to make out something out of less space.

Aspiring architects need either a bachelor’s degree (BArch). Basic eligibility criterion for entry to BArch course is class 12 or equivalent referred to as the qualifying examination from a recognized board / university with a minimum of 50 per cent in science subjects (physics, chemistry and mathematics), besides this the candidate must clear an entrance examination.

Even at the undergraduate level, architecture students are usually given an overview of areas directly related to architecture that they often tend to specialize in later. These include disciplines such as urban or rural planning, transport, planning urban design, landscape design, interior design urban or building conservation design of sustainable buildings, construction management, architecture theory, history and pedagogy and so on. These days a number of architecture graduates also turn towards other designs or software related disciplines.

Besides the educational qualifications a person should possess good health and eyesight, keen observation, creativity, analytical and mathematical ability and dexterity (in drawing and sketching) to succeed as an architect. Additionally a burning desire to update one’s knowledge in structural techniques and materials, an understanding of legal and financial matters, a good perception of social and psychological attitudes will give one an edge. For freshers working in a well known architectural firm or with professionals who have been in this field for a longer period will help towards learning the practical aspects of this profession before one sets out on his /her own.

Future scope:

The scope for making a career in architecture has never been as vast as it is today. Thanks to technological advancement and high scale projects, a number of specializations such as building sciences, building material engineering, project management, urban planning, urban design and landscape architecture have emerged in this field.

With the rising demand for sustainable architecture the role of landscape architects and environment planners has become crucial. Landscape architects are now participating in the design process right from the concept to the master plan level.

Like any other industry getting the first break here too is difficult as this profession involves convincing your client about your ability to yield desired results. The challenge of an architect is to produce artistically pleasing designs within a given budget and gaining experience as an apprentice has its own advantages. It will not only add to your credibility on the resume but will also give you the confidence to handle projects independently.

A fresh graduate can expect to start off with an initial package of Rs 2.5 lakh per annum. Thereafter one’s success depends completely on the individual’s commitment and sincerity towards the profession. The initial earning varies with the location of your workplace and your area of specialization. In a place like New Delhi, a graduate working in an architectural firm may get something between Rs 20,000 to 25,000 per month initially. Whereas working in a real estate company may fetch them something between Rs 40,000 – 50,000. Similarly those who specialize in software design and work in reputed MNC’s can command a starting salary of Rs 80,000 – 100.000 per month.