GIVE SHAPES, FORMS & LIFE TO YOUR IDEAS: ARCHITECTURE
A licensed profession , Architects design structures including houses, apartment complexes, shopping centres, office buildings, and factories. In addition to considering their physical appearance, they also make sure these structures will be functional, safe, and economical, and suit the needs of the people who will use them.
Architects work in an office most of the time. There they meet with clients, draft plans, work on cost estimates, file permit applications with municipal building departments, and help clients set up agreements with contractors.
Architects also have to visit construction sites to check the progress of projects and make sure contractors are building them according to their plans.
QUICK FACTS (source: COA Website)
Ø Between 26-35 years is the highest age group of architects in India
Ø Mumbai in India is the city with highest number of architectural firms
Ø There is a total of 55223 registered architects as on date
Ø There is a total of 23896 registered women architects, with 57.69% placed in private sector
Ø Ratio of Male / female architects is between 55.5% (male) & 44.4% (female) in the industry
Ø 2017 has been the year with highest number of architects registered
Ø Maharashtra leads the country with highest number of architects
THE TRUTH ABOUT BEING AN ARCHITECT
Ø If you become an architect, you will likely have to work overtime (more than 40 hours per week), at least occasionally, to meet deadlines.
Ø Approximately 20% of architects are self-employed.
Ø While you will spend most of your time working in an office, you can also expect to travel, sometimes far away, to construction sites.
EMPLOYERS EXPECTATION FROM YOU
Ø Strong written and verbal skills, fluency and grammar”
Ø “Ability to perform duties at other than normal working hours and days as required by projects or tasks”
Ø “Ability to produce 2D & 3D design drawings for meeting presentations”
Ø “Must be knowledgeable in the applicable building codes”
Ø “Team player with a positive attitude”
Ø “Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously”
If you want to become an architect, you have to earn a professional degree in Architecture
Eligibility: 10+2(from a recognized board/state) with Maths as a main subject with 50% marks
Mandatory requirement: Have to clear NATA exam (An all India level exam conducted by Council of architects, the regulatory body for architects in India) or Joint Entrance Exam conducted by CBSE .You can also visit www.coa.in
SOFT SKILLS REQUIRED FOR ARCHITECT PROFESSION
Creativity: You must be able to create designs for buildings and other structures.
Visualization: You need to be able to see, in your mind’s eye, what those structures will look like once they are complete.
Verbal Communication: This skill will allow you to describe your ideas to your clients and colleagues.
Active Listening: In addition to clearly communicating information to others, you must be able to understand what others are sharing with you.
Problem Solving: Problems will inevitably arise during most building projects. You must be able to quickly identify and then solve them to keep the project moving forward.
Critical Thinking: Good problem solving requires the ability to evaluate possible solutions before choosing the most promising one.
ROLES &RESPONSIBILITIES AS AN ARCHITECT
Some of the general roles and responsibilities are mentioned below
Ø Lead and develop projects from early concept through design development”
Ø “Prepare drawings, specifications and construction documents”
Ø “Design and document commercial and industrial building projects”
Ø “Consult with client to determine client’s needs and wants”
Ø “Coordinate preliminary architectural studies for major new structures and alterations to existing structures and site development”
Ø “Organize and manage permit documents”
Ø “Work with teams across business lines, in remote locations, and coordinate with subcontractors”
Ø “Resolve complex design issues with innovative and practical solutions”
Ø “Modify existing plans and elevations to fit client and sales needs”
CAREERS IN ARCHITECTURE INCLUDE
Ø LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
Ø URBAN PLANNER
Ø RESTORATION ARCHITECT
Ø RESEARCH ARCHITECT
Ø LIGHTING ARCHITECT
Ø POLITICAL ARCHITECT
Ø EXTREME ARCHITECT