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About Architecture

“The building of career is quite as difficult a problem as the building of a house, yet few ever sit down with pencil and paper, with expert information and counsel, to plan a working career and deal with the life problem scientifically, as they would deal with the problem of building a house, taking the advice of an architect to help them.”
-Frank Parsons (American Educator), 1909


ARCHITECT…

…IS A RECOGNISED PROFESSIONAL
… REGISTERED WITH COUNCIL OF ARCHITECTURE UNDER AN ACT OF PARLIAMENT. (Architect’s Act 1972)


WHO CAN APPLY FOR REGISTRATION AS AN ARCHITECT?
Any resident Indian who has completed his under graduate education in the field of Architecture from an institute, duly recognized by the Council of Architecture is qualified to apply for registration as ‘ARCHITECT’.


HOW DOES ONE ACQUIRE SUCH QUALIFICATION?
Bachelor’s Degree course in Architecture (B. Arch.) is a Five year Full-time course, available in more than 400 institutes throughout India and many other recognized institutes around the world.


WHO CAN SEEK ADMISSION TO B. ARCH. COURSE?
There are two criteria:
• You must have passed XII or Equivalent examination with mathematics as one of the subjects and have score more than 50% marks in aggregate

AND
• You must pass recognized Aptitude test i.e., National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA)

 

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR
Here is a short profile of the person we are looking for, as a raw material for the discipline of Architecture.
Intelligent: Intellectually alive to understand the community’s problems, to meet community leaders as an intellectual equal and to contribute to the solutions.

B. Arch. Course
Various subjects one learns can be grouped into five main streams:
• Design
• Technology
• Humanities
• Environment
• Professional Practice

B. Arch. Course
Training aims to -

• Develop skills of various kinds, including –
– Assimilation of required information
– Comprehension of information into Knowledge
– Analyzing the task at hand &
– Relating specific knowledge to the accomplishment of task

 

Major Skills
• Fundamental Design Skills
Ability to apply basic spatial organisation, structural, and constructional principles to the conception and development of interior and exterior spaces, building elements and components.
• Collaborative Skills
Ability to identify and assume divergent roles that maximize individual talents and to cooperate with others when working as a member of team.
Major Skills
• Verbal and Writing Skills
Ability to speak and write effectively on subject matter contained in the professional curriculum.


• Graphic Skills
Ability to employ appropriate representational media, including computer technology, to convey essential formal elements at each stage of the programming and design process.

Major Skills..
• Research Skills
Ability to employ basic methods of data collection and analysis to inform all aspects of the programming and design process.

• Critical Thinking Skills
Ability to make a comprehensive analysis and evaluation of a building, building complex, or urban space.

Other Concerns
UnderstandHuman Behavior&Human  Diversity
Understand International, National and Regional Traditions
• Environmental Conservation
• Universal Accessibility
• Formal Ordering Systems
• Structural Systems
• Environmental System

Other Skills
• Life-Safety Systems
• Building Service Systems
• Building Economics and Cost Control
• Building Materials and Assemblies
• Legal Responsibilities
• Contracts and Documentation
• Ethics and Professional Judgment


Employment Opportunities
– Assignments from Private Clients
– Assignments from Public enterprise clients
– Education
– Employment in Public and Private sector
– Architectural Competitions
– Project initiation on own
– Non Government Organisations

Traditional Career options
• Architect
• Urban Designer
• Landscape Architect
• Interior Architect
• Urban Planner
• Project Manager
• Traffic and Transportation Planner
• Housing Consultant
• Architecture Teacher

Non-traditional Career options
• Architectural Journalist
• Architectural Historian
• Art Director
• Architectural Critic
• Architectural Photographer
• Architectural renderer / visualizer
• Architectural Documentation

Non-traditional Career options
• Building Inspector
• Building Contractor
• Building Construction manager
• Design Auditor
• Conservator
• Corporate Architect
• Cartographer
• Construction inspector
• Developer
• Draftsperson

Non-traditional Career options
• Environmental planner
• Exhibition Designer
• Facilities Manager
• Furniture Designer
• Graphic Designer
• Housing Rehab Specialist
• Interior Designer
• Industrial Designer/Product Designer

Non-traditional Career options
• Lighting Designer
• Property assessor and valuer
• Researcher
• Set Designer
• Surveyor
• Technical Illustrator
• Politician
• Administrative Services

Higher Education
Masters / P.G. Diploma Programs in

• Architecture
• Urban Design
• Landscape Architecture
• Housing
• Architectural Conservation
• Building Construction Management
• Furniture & Interior Design
• Urban & Regional / City Planning
• Industrial Design / Product Design
• Visual Communications
• Business Administration … and many more.