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One of the most sought-after profession these days is that of Architecture. The common idea is that, architecture is all about making buildings. But is it, really? Isn’t that exactly what a mason does as well? Or for that matter, a structural/civil engineer? Then what makes architecture distinct from these two subjects? Do you have it in you what it takes to be an architect? Well, if you are thinking about pursuing architecture as a career, read on.

The Greek term ‘arkhitekton'(meaning chief builder) evolved into the Latin term ‘architectura’. This gave birth to the medieval term ‘architecture’ in English. Thus, it is obvious that  architecture has to do something with planning and constructing buildings. But, a lot of the process has an active and direct connection with Art.

Art is the tool which an architect uses to design a building. This adds that creative streak to it. Obviously,engineers and masons can survive without this part. However, there is no architecture without art. And that is why an architect’s signature is seen in the style in which he shapes his structures.

How will I study Architecture?

Currently, if you want to study mainstream architecture in India, B.Arch is the course for you. B.Arch stands for Bachelors in Architecture. The course duration is Five years and you have to pass NATA to be eligible for admission. The Council of Architecture regulates all NATA related procedures Click here to know more about NATA .

What will  study in Architecture?

You will study a lot about art and about buildings. This includes the exterior parts such as landscapes or public structures. You will be influential in directing construction practices of the society. Take for instance, the first architect known historically-Imhotep. He designed the pyramid of Djomer in 2630-2611 BC. Mastabas were used to bury the pharaohs before he came up with the pyramidal construction. So before you set on your architectural journey,know what you will learn. A few  of the subjects are

  • Architecture Design
  • Building Construction
  • Building Management
  • Architecture History
  • Architectural Drawing
  • Computer & Software Lab
  • Workshop Skills
  • Design Applications
  • Training
  • Thesis Project

These are just a few of the different subjects you will learn.

Can I become a successful Architect?

How you work as an architect depends on primarily where you live. An efficient architect makes good use of local climate and resources. But more than that, a successful architect makes the best use of everything to make the client’s dream project come true. Therefore,the impact of your workmanship stays with your client for his lifetime.

To become such an architect, you need to be creative. You should be able to put your imagination on paper. That means a lot of practice. Also, you need to absorb client’s preferences. Then, you need to design according to architectural guidelines. And make sure you do it in a way that everybody gains from it- be it you, your client or nature.

Develop the researcher in you. Also, make a habit of exploring, surveying and discovering. Since architecture demands innovation, make it a regular feature.

Also, make sure you are friends with technical requirements. Be familiar with the various design software and user-friendly support elements.  And try to apply the latest techniques in your practice.

How much will I earn as an architect?

Sky is the limit to your earnings! Start with working for an established architect for a a few years. Also, explore freelancing in architecture. This you can do by taking up small scale works which you can handle side by side. Finally, once you feel you are ready, take the plunge and begin your own independent firm.

Seek the type of work that you want to do-based on different styles,scale and type of work. Don’t worry, you will get a grip over these things with time!

Architecture is a great profession which can impact a society. And with the right attitude and determination, you can leave a mark of your own in this world, with architecture.

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