A Career in Architecture

The job of an architect is not confined to the construction of corporate buildings they also design buildings for other purposes like hospitals, apartments, hotels, schools and commercial complexes etc.It is increasingly becoming a popular career in present days because of high pay and huge scopes involved in this profession.

By profession, an architect has to undertake studies on how to plan and design a structure, he/she should have a clear visual on that in the beginning. Students must be naturally inclined to go a long way in this field. Various courses at all levels are offered in architecture, from diploma to master’s programme. Though most architectural colleges in India offer eligibility of 10+2 with mathematics for undergraduate courses, yet students from all educational backgrounds can apply for courses in architecture. Some institutes offer entrance test as the method of selection of candidates in the field.

A B.Arch programme is of 5 years which can normally cost a student around 2 lakhs. Private institutes prescribe very high fees. Even diploma courses will cost a similar amount. Scholarships are largely offered in this field.

Job prospects are good in this field. Most of the jobs are available in government aided organizations like Public Works Department, the Archaeological Department, Ministry of Defense, Town and Country Planning Organization, National Institute of Urban Affairs, Departments of Railways etc. Otherwise, professionals can work in an independent manner by operating their own architectural firms.

Fresh Architects can start with 20,000-30000 salary range. Even after 2 years of experience, they can earn considerably higher up to 60,000. Architects having their own firms can earn always higher. Now after FDI in real estate the demand for architects is going to be higher as it will definitely attract huge money from foreign companies.

Some institutes to pursue this course-

  • MES College of Engineering, Kerala
  • SRM University Tamil Nadu
  • University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES) is India’s First Energy Uttarakhand
  • Sunder Deep Group of Institutions Uttar Pradesh
  • Bharati Vidyapeeth’s College of Architecture(BVCOA), Navi Mumbai
  • M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology Karnataka
  • Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) Chennai
  • Birsa Agricultural University Bihar
  • Maharaja Engineering College Erode

An architect has to deliver works in accordance with client’s demands, he should be capable of maintaining a balance between his own imagination and the financial limits of clients.