Is Architecture The Right Career Option For Me?

To become a good architect you must be a good designer. The other key skills that are essential to be a successful architect are –

♦   Creative Ability

♦   Imagination

♦   Visual and Spatial Perception

♦   Aesthetic Sense

This job requires not only a creative mind (it takes more than just drawing pictures), but also good communication skills as you will interact with many clients.

What is The Scope & Job Opportunities?

Opportunities in this field are highly dependent on the level of local construction. Big cities are developing very fast, and construction of commercial as well residential buildings are going on. Even renovation of old buildings is on the rise. This trend is especially good for architects, as it provides many job opportunities. There are also jobs in government organisations such as Housing and Urban Development Corporation, Public Works Department, and so on. Architects also work independently and have their private practice.

Initial earning of an architect is not very high, because this is a field where a student has to learn a lot even after finishing the course. But after gaining experience of a few years, architects with the right aptitude can earn quite a high income.

How Do I Reach There?

To be an architect, you should have at least a Bachelor's degree in Architecture (B.Arch.). Eligibility for this course is 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Selection is usually through an aptitude test and written examination.

Sir J. J. School of Architecture, Mumbai, is considered one of the foremost institutions of architecture in India. Therefore you need good score in NATA to get into this institute. Marks in 10+2 exam is also given due weightage for admission.

Other notable institutes are School of Planning and Architecture New Delhi, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, Chandigarh College of Architecture Chandigarh, National Institutes of Technology all over India, School of Architecture, Centre of Environment Planning and Technology Ahmedabad. After finishing the course an architect must register with the Council of Architecture to practise as an independent architect.

B.Arch. focuses on designing part of architecture along with technology. But for becoming an architect, aptitude is important. An architect should have that intelligence and enquiring open-mindedness, which fosters creativity, and should be analytical and self-critical.

Good Luck Future Architect!

Excerpts from The Teenager Today – Rev. Fr. John Gilbert
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