The Building Blocks

Gauri Chhabra
Today, living standards have gone up – from sky scraping buildings that have sensors and digital safety standards to planning of towns and cities,  we have it all. One sector that keeps pace with the improved standards is Architecture. The career is under the light now and looks out for the professionals who are not only good with their practical knowledge but can also take reliable decisions with accuracy and scalability.
Getting in
Admission into Bachelor of Architecture courses in India is usually conducted on the basis of entrance examinations conducted by various universities. This could be state-wise; students can take the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) or a separate examination conducted by the IITs (Architecture Aptitude Test) for admission into their elite set of institutes. Other reputed universities like BITS conduct their own entrance examinations.
If you want to apply for undergraduate programme for studying architecture, you must have passed the Class XII examination with science subject such as Biology, Maths and Chemistry. The bachelor’s degree is usually four years long.If you are interested in taking your career forward, eligibility for postgraduate programmes will be on the basis of a bachelor’s degree in (B.E/B.Tech) or any other equivalent branches of engineering. The duration for this course is two years.
Course Cursor
*Diploma in Architecture Engineering
*Diploma in Architecture Assistantship
*Bachelor of Engineering in Architecture Engineering
*Bachelor of Technology in Architecture Engineering
*Master of Technology in Architecture Engineering
Institute Scape
*Delhi School of Architecture and Design, Delhi, offering Diploma in Architecture
*Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, Chandigarh, offering Diploma in Architectural Assistant
*Amity University, Gurgaon, offering Bachelor of Architecture
*Chandigarh College of Architecture, Punjab University, Chandigarh, offering Bachelor of Architecture
*Sir J J College of Architecture, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, offering Bachelor and Master of Architecture.
*Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, offering Bachelor and Master of Architecture.
Career Scape
The career opportunities for architects are very high because of the boom in the construction and designing fields. They are demanded in various government and private organizations. You can work in the sectors of construction, urban planning, urban development corporations, public works departments, interior designing, etc.
Landscape Architect
Designing outdoor landscapes, including infrastructure, public areas, agriculture and forestry is vital for constructing the webs that bind our urban and rural spaces, but also, and perhaps more importantly, it’s essential for responding to globalization and climate change. Landscape architects are involved in storm and water management, environmental restoration, and recreational areas among other things. If you enjoy working with and in the natural environment, this could be the path for you.
Urban Planner
As a result of a rapidly growing percentage of our population moving into urban areas, the conditions of urbanism are constantly in a state of flux.
The dynamic state of the urban environment makes it an exciting path to take as an architect, covering everything from economic and demographic changes, to sustainable development. It’s an essential responsibility within our profession, but a challenging one; it requires adaptability and problem solving on a large scale.
Restoration Architect
Our societies’ heritage and history as presented through architecture are not only beautiful glimpses into the past, but also crucial to understanding our culture as a discipline. Conservation and restoration of buildings is undeniably a challenge; it is never possible to please everyone. The media often targets the act of restoration as a “heritage massacre,” in spite of the often very beautiful solutions.
Research Architect
With the current wave of digital design and constant advancement of digital tools, our methods of representation and expression are changing dramatically. Information technology has had a profound impact upon architecture that is far from over. These constant improvements are in part made possible by the exciting research being done by architects, not necessarily consisting of designing buildings, but focusing more on how these new tools can enhance our work.
Lighting Architect
Light has a profound impact on our mental and physical health, as anyone living at high latitudes can empathize with. Delving into the architecture of lighting entails improving the quality of our experiences, our health and well-being, and the sustainability of not only the natural environment, but also smaller spaces such as our work environments.
Extreme Architect
With the current development of climate change, extreme weather conditions such as floods, heat waves and hurricanes are predicted to increase. Existing extreme environments, such as deserts, are likely to expand due to phenomena such as desertification. Being an architect who specializes in extreme weather conditions is therefore not only an incredibly fascinating way to tackle the subject, but also invaluable for us to adapt to the future of our planet.
Industrial Designer
Several architecture firms have branched into industrial design, due to their close creative ties. However, industrial design focuses on smaller scale objects of mass production, as opposed to large-scale buildings designed for a specific context. If the prospect of designing something enormous, permanent, and landscape changing sounds all too intimidating, industrial design is a great, smaller scaled alternative.
Graphic Designer
Graphic design is the way in which we take in our world and identify it. It is invaluable when it comes to communication. It can also be so aesthetically pleasing that one can hardly resist becoming a graphic designer. Taking a short course in graphic design to supplement a degree in architecture can open up a range of possibilities to still work within the field.
The Road Ahead
India is on a continuous streak of success and has been ranked the top exporter of information and communication technology (ICT) services in a new UN report which highlighted the rise of the country as an emerging innovation centre in Asia.
The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in its 10th edition of the ‘Global Innovation Index (GII)’ also ranked India 60th on its list of 130 most innovative countries in the world, according to news agency PTI.The report, co-authored by WIPO, Cornell University and INSEAD, added that India maintains its top place in Central and Southern Asia, moving up six spots from 66th last year to 60th this year overall.  Thus, the incorporation of technology in architecture is apparent and genuine as well. Technological advancement promises employment of architects with creative minds. Thus, overall, Architecture & Planning comes out to be a promising career option in India. You can have a look at all the compelling points and become the part of the your own reassuring career journey.