Who's an Architect?
The Taj Mahal, the Parthenon, the Eiffel Tower, the Burj Khalifa, what do these things have in common? Magnificence! There are so many beautiful structures around the world and it’s all thanks to architects. An architect designs and oversees the construction of different structures. If you would someday like to design a structure of your own, consider architecture as a career! You could build places like schools and office buildings, hospitals and residential spaces like apartments, towers or bungalows, or you could even build cityscapes like bridges! Want to know more about what your life would look like as an architect? Read on!
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What will you do?
Meeting clients to understand what they need
You will have to set up meetings with your clients to understand what they want from the project. These meetings would involve discussing the client’s needs, their sensibility, and their vision for the project.
Example: If you were designing a residential building, the client would have certain requirements in mind like how many floors it would be, how many flats it needs to have, other amenities they need – a parking space, a compound, etc. You will have to understand all of these needs and present your designs accordingly.
Presenting design samples
Once you have understood what the client needs from you, you would work on creating and presenting designs to them for approval. You may have to work on the designs a couple of times before it gets finalised.
Example: If the client has requested for 20 flats in a seven storey building, you would present your designs accordingly while also keeping in mind any other amenities they require like a gymkhana or a pool.
Taking in feedback you get
At the end of the day, you need to make sure that the client is happy with the designs. While presenting designs, you must make a note of all the changes they suggest and ensure to add them in your final designs.
Example: Say you’re working on a residential tower and you’ve proposed a large lobby at the entrance. However, your client would like that space to be converted into something more productive. You will suggest tweaks and agree with your client on a suitable plan before finalising the designs.
Submitting a final plan
Once the designs have been finalised, you will submit a final proposal to your client which will include the necessary time and cost that will be taken to complete the project.
Example: If you were building a residential tower, depending on the design that has been finalised, you would calculate the amount of time it would take to complete the project, the material needed for construction and the manpower that you will have to employ.
Hiring people for your team
As you will focus on the designing part of the project, you will need to hire people who can build what you design. These people must be able to share your vision and have the necessary skills to bring your vision to life.
Example: You will have to hire talents like civil and structural engineers, interior designers, land developers, etc., to help you with different phases of the project.
Keeping a watch on the progress
Even though you have your team members handling the project, your role doesn’t end at designing. You must keep a watch on the project from time to time to ensure that the designs are being followed and safety regulations are in place.
Example: You would have to ensure that the foundation created for the structure is strong enough to support the designs you have planned and conduct several other periodic checks as such from time to time.
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Where would you work?
As an architect, you will mostly work from the comfort of your office. All your brainstorming, drawing, designing, and team meetings will happen here.
You will also have to travel from time to time to time to your client’s office to understand their requirements, present your proposals, and finalise deals.
A big chunk of your time will also be dedicated to site visits. Once you’ve taken on a project, you would have to visit the site to perform periodic checks. You could be required to travel domestically or even internationally for these visits.
How do you get there?
What skills would you require?
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Analytical and Data Skills
You will receive huge amounts of data from your client. This data will have to be analysed effectively so you can find ways that will help your client reach their customers is the best way possible. While it is true that the more data you analyse, the more insights you generate; analytical thinking will help you narrow down your search and find your key actionable items, thus saving you a lot of time and resources.build this skill
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How do you make it to the top ranks?
Pursuing your career locally versus overseas
There are different architectural firms and start-ups in India that require architectural knowledge to excel in the areas of their business. Pursuing architecture in India would give you a good opportunity to build a network here or set up your own firm in the country. To get admission in an architecture college in India you would have to pass the National Aptitude Test (NATA). You can opt for a bachelor’s degree, a diploma or a master’s degree in architecture. The duration of the architecture course in India is five years, depending on the university and course you opt for. Pursuing a graduate degree in India is enough to land you a job but if you want to gain more exposure, opting for a master’s or diploma would be a good choice. Top architecture colleges in India are IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Roorkee, SIR JJ School of Architecture, Jadavpur University and others. Studying architecture in India would cost you a yearly fee of Rs. INR 15,000-2,00,000, depending on the university you choose.
Travelling overseas to study architecture would give you exposure to witnessing international architecture and design. Though getting a job abroad with an Indian degree is difficult, you can always work on building a network that could help you get a part-time or a full-time job. Studying architecture abroad would help you upgrade your skills and enhance your knowledge about various principles of architecture. The US, Canada, the UK, and Germany are the best countries to pursue a Masters in Architecture. The average fee for the course is anywhere between INR 15,00,000-50,00,000. The fee would depend on the university and course that you wish to pursue. If you don’t plan to move abroad, then you can register yourself for online architecture programs through Boston Architecture College, Lawrence Technological University, Academy of Art and others.
How much would you get paid?
The exact number will depend on where you’re working, your education, skill-set and internship experience.
What are an Architect's career options?
A design architect designs the overall look of a building and other structures. You must keep in mind the budget, area and specifications given by the client while creating the overall design of the building. The design is created on the basis of what the project requires and the written description provided by the client. You will have to visit the site, perform analyses through photos and surveys and only then start with your designs. You would start with simple hand drawings and then slowly move onto 2D and 3D models. You would usually handle 2-3 or more projects at one go.
The job of a spec writer involves writing for a variety of complex architecture projects on the basis of construction products, material and methods. You would create project manuals utilising the set design standards of the project. You would also have to ensure that the components of the building fit and work together. Your job would mainly involve drafting the project documentation of both small and large-scale projects.
An interior designer designs functional, safe and beautiful spaces keeping in mind the space of the room. It will be your job to select decorative materials, lighting and other materials that need to be incorporated into the design of the space. The primary duty of an interior designer is to formulate a space plan using design concept studies and sketches. You would need a diploma or a bachelor’s degree in Interior Designing to get into this field.
The job of a workspace consultant is to optimise the design of the workspace to create an effective working environment. You would help modernise the workplace by creating new design concepts. From deciding the desk arrangement to the meeting space and also the pantry area, you would plan it all as per your client’s instructions. You would also help them conceptualise the setting based on the goals of their business, their office culture and any other requirements of the organisation.
The primary job of an urban designer is to design and shape the physical features of a specific location i.e. a city or a town. Unlike design architects, You would plan the design of a large-scale group of buildings, streets and public spaces or even the entire city! You would have to plan your designs in a way that makes the area functional, attractive and sustainable.
A sustainable architect minimises the negative impact of the construction and maintenance of buildings on the environment. You would have to come up with ways to put into use design methods, materials, energy to ensure that the building isn’t affecting the surrounding ecosystem. While incorporating these designs, you will have to take natural resources and site conditions into consideration, and use sustainable materials to build these designs. You would need a certificate in sustainable architecture to get into this field.
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