Want To Become An Architect? Here’s All That You Need To Know
If you are enamored by structures, buildings, and monuments and if you really feel you want to contribute with your own such innovations, be it interiors or exteriors, architecture is the career for you. Both high-paying, as well as innovative, Architecture, is a creative as well as a highly technical field that requires you to be precise and meticulous when you take up a project. If you are really keen on taking Architecture up as a profession, here’s your go-to guide on all that you need to do, and all the options you can explore.
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Getting Into A Course
The biggest step in advancing your career as an architect is getting into a good institution, and there are two exams that can get you in.
1.National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)
- This exam is for admission to a B.Arch. degree course to colleges in India (including Govt., Govt.- aided, Private Unaided, University/Depts., Deemed Universities, etc.).
- Math and English have to be a part of your 11th and 12th coursework so that you can write this exam.
- The exam will be assessing your aptitude, drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity, and critical thinking ability.
2.JEE Mains and Advanced
- If you have set your sights on doing your bachelors in IITs, NITs, and all GFTIs (Government – Center & State Funded Technical Institutes) then you will have to appear for the JEE Mains and Advanced.
- The Mains paper has an architecture-related section. So, you will have to prepare for physics, chemistry, math, aptitude, and a drawing test. But for this, your coursework during higher secondary needs to include PCM.
Both these exams require intense preparation in terms of knowledge, speed, and accuracy. So be on your guard and prepare away!
The Best Institutes
Now that you’re thinking of pursuing your degree in Architecture, you must know your goal in selecting the best institutions. Some of the best institutions in India that offer the best Architecture courses are:
• School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi
• Punjab University, Chandigarh College of Architecture
• School of Architecture CEPT, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad
• Lucknow University, Govt. College of Architecture, Lucknow
• Goa University, College of Architecture
• University of Mumbai, Sir J J College of Architecture
• Indian Education Society’s College of Architecture, Mumbai
• Pune University, Marathwada Mitra Mandal College of Architecture, Pune
• Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, School of Planning & Architecture, Hyderabad
• Kerala University, College of Engineering, Thiruvananthpuram
• Anna University, School of Architecture & Planning, Chennai
Apart from colleges in India, there are tons of amazing colleges abroad where you can pursue your dream career in architecture. Some of the most outstanding ones which make it to every student’s list are- SCI-ARCH, California, MIT, Ivy League, the University of Michigan, UC Berkeley, Rhode Island School of Design, and Pratt.
Most B.Arch programs are spread out over a period of five years. The first four are usually spent getting a deep understanding of architecture, the practices, methods and also honing your skills. Towards the end of your course, you will have to do an internship with an architectural firm. This small stint will help you get some hands-on knowledge and prepare you well in advance before venturing into the industry after college.
Your Career Opportunities
Ample working opportunities are available for architects who have specialization in one segment or the other. Numerous internationally acclaimed construction and real estate development companies provide employment opportunities to candidates who are willing to explore careers outside India. Companies like Atelier Bow-Wow, Leo A Daly, Zaha Hadid, Erick van Egeraat, Duda/Paine Architects, PageSoutherlandPage, Gresham, Smith and Partners, Rafael Vinoly Architects, etc. have international operations and invite applications from experienced architects from around the world.
Once you are armed with your B.Arch degree, you have plenty of opportunities to explore. One of them is working for private architecture firms, entrepreneurial ventures, government organizations, etc where you can learn the ropes of the industry and grow as an architect. Depending on the firm you choose, you may get to specialize in areas like landscape architecture, industrial architecture, green design, commercial spaces, etc.
For those who like the research/writing side of things, you can consider getting into architectural journalism or becoming a historian. If you feel like doing something a bit out of the ordinary like design, then you can even try specializing in design.
Besides the architects who have done some specialization course in building engineering and management, architectural conservation, industrial design, landscape architecture, naval architecture, architecture concerning traffic and transport planning etc. too have bright career prospects in the USA and other western developing countries which are looking for sustainable development and settlement. Most of the overseas jobs in architecture come from private sector real estate developers who are looking to carve a niche with the help of design and planning.
Your Job Profiles
• Architect: Literally an architect is someone who has got training from an architecture institute on the planning, design, and oversight of the construction of buildings. Generally, architects are licensed to practice architecture. An architect either can work independently or for some architecture company or real estate developing firm.
• Architecture Designer: Architecture designers are the professionals who are involved in designing houses and other small buildings. However, these are not registered like an architect but perform various jobs such as designing buildings, designing light-frame buildings including family homes, agricultural buildings, etc. Some additional duties for architecture designers may include designing decorative facades malls or big to small-sized buildings.
• Architecture Engineer: These professionals have the dual qualifications of architect and civil engineer. Bestowed with the duty to provide the services of an architect and engineer, such professionals have attractive demand in the job market.
• Interior Designer: Contrary to the general belief that the career in interior designing belongs to women, men found it attractive and do courses in interior designing, interior decor, etc. Trained professionals can work with interior designing firms offering services in serene interiors, home interior, bedroom interior, bathroom interior, kitchen, furniture designing, etc.
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