Do buildings speak to you? Not literally, of course, but have you ever stopped in front of a structure and admired its shape and body of architecture? Have you ever imagined what the designer was trying to convey through his work?
If so, perhaps the study of architecture is something for you to pursue. But wait— there is a lot more to studying architecture than admiration of amazing designs.
An architect is not just an artist; he’s an inventor who appears to be this cool dude next door whom everybody aspires to be. No wonder it is a good career option because the trade-offs, opportunities, and payoffs are quite fulfilling. What’s more? At the end of the day, you are creatively satisfied and happy too. Yes, you heard that right!
B.Arch — More about the academic course
B.Arch or Bachelor of Architecture is an undergraduate degree in education. This architectural degree is designed in such a manner so that it satisfies the educational component of professional certifying bodies. To be precise, it is related to designing and planning of buildings and different kinds of constructions. This undergraduate level program continues for a period of 5 years.
Most self-financing and architecture colleges and schools in India accept only NATA score. Unless and until you clear the NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) exam you cannot get admission in these colleges.
Now, let us see why you must study B.Arch (Bachelor of Architecture) and choose it as ‘your’ career.
Architecture can never be monotonous – The job is constantly evolving.
Architects have to address building technology and programming. There are constantly evolving materials and construction methods out there, and architects deal with the demands of the public at large (building performance, energy consumption, incorporating recycled materials, etc.). They create new design concepts that push how modern-day construction is executed. Architecture is one of the few professions that is never static
Artistic freedom and personal expression
Architects are given certain parameters that help guide in the direction of their projects. They are then allowed the freedom to pursue the artistic embodiment of those parameters. Ten architects with the same client and the same project parameters will provide ten different solutions. Every time.
B.Arch is a lot of fun.
Unlike traditional colleges where you must slog yourself in study halls and libraries, reading and writing all the time, a course in Architecture gives you the liberty to use the right side of your brain, the creative part. You get a lot of opportunities to showcase your creativity and ingenuity while designing structures. If you like to hit the road every now and then, you’re in for some luck. In this profession, you get to travel a lot. You have to put your feet on the ground, and visit construction sites. Many national colleges offer B. Arch including IIT Kharagpur and IIT Roorkee. You can check out the complete list of the prestigious institutions offering the course here.
Incredible variety of options within the profession
You can float between big and little firms, the role of project architect, designer, or management. You can work on building types from different market sectors like hospitality, residential, civic, retail, etc. and will still be an architect. Your degree will have a marketable value immediately after graduation. The best options for an aspiring architect after B. Arch are as follows:
- The primary option is to become an independent design consultant rendering design services for Houses, Builders, Corporate houses and Government. To do this, one has to work for about 5 years in a good architectural firm as a design architect before taking a leap as an independent designer.
- The next option is to work in a reputed design firm and gradually raise to a partner level, where one would be allowed to handle a project independently and share revenues accrued with the parent firm. Most architectural firms also do interior designing, which is also a large market by itself.
- One could also become a developer/builder if he/she acquires the skill set of the complete project development value chain. I would strongly advise architects to take this stream as it is a sector that requires quality professionals with a passion for designing. However, you cannot be a registered architect in such a case.
People expect architects to be a little bit nerd mixed with a creative artist. So, they can wear ridiculous eyewear and get away with it ;-).
What do you think? After reading all of this, are you ready to pursue a career in architecture? While it is not always fun and games, a career in architecture can be very rewarding. We hope that you leap over all the hurdles and have a happy, successful career in architecture!
Are you currently a B.Arch student? If so, what was your motivating factor to take up a career in architecture? We’d love to hear from you!