Architect

People need space for variety of purposes.  Architects are responsible for designing these spaces for people. They work on public or private projects and design both indoor and outdoor spaces. Architects can be commissioned to design anything from a single room to an entire complex of buildings. Architects are the real creators of amazing buildings and structures.

What do you do ?

  • Architects have to discuss the purposes, requirements, functionalities and budget of a project with clients.
  • After discussing the initial proposal with clients, architects develop construction plans and material details that show the building’s appearance and details.
  • Accompanying these plans are drawings of the structural system; air-conditioning, heating, and ventilating systems; electrical systems; communications systems; plumbing; and, possibly, site and landscape plans.
  • In developing designs, architects must follow state and local building codes, zoning laws, fire regulations, and other ordinances, such as those requiring easy building access for people who are disabled.
  • Computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) and building information modeling (BIM) have replaced traditional drafting paper and pencil as the most common methods for creating designs and construction drawings. However, hand-drawing skills are still used, especially during the conceptual stages of a project.
  • As construction proceeds, architects may visit building sites to ensure that contractors follow the design, keep to the schedule, use the specified materials, and meet work-quality standards.
  • The job is not complete until all construction is finished, required tests are conducted, and construction costs are paid.
  • Architects also may help clients get construction bids, select contractors, and negotiate construction contracts.
  • Architects have to often collaborate with workers in related occupations, such as civil engineers, structural designers, city planners, interior designers, and landscape professionals.

Where do you work

Employment of architects is strongly tied to the activity of the construction industry.Architects can work with construction companies wherein they are asked to serve as a designer.

Architects work in government organizations such as Public Works Department, the Archaeological Department, Ministry of Defense, National Building Organization, Town and Country Planning Organization, National Institute of Urban Affairs, Departments of Railways, Post and Telegraphs, Public Sector Undertakings, Housing and Urban Development Corporation, National Building Construction Corporation Ltd., etc. While some other organizations or bodies like State Departments, Housing Boards, Local Bodies for construction works, Builders, Architecture Firms, Consultants, etc. also hire architects.

Architects working independently have ample scope in terms of earning.

How do you excel in this career ?

  • As architects study planning and designing of building and structures, a mental inclination and orientation is necessary to move forward in the career of Architecture.
  • After completing graduation or during the time of graduation in Architecture, candidates should do an internship program either with some good practicing architects or with an architecture firm to gain practical experience and better up job prospects.
  • A person requires sound communication skills and immense physical stamina to get into the profession of architecture. He is expected to work on desk as well on the construction site.
  • Excellent memory and sound concentration level, flexibility, patience, team spirit, responsibility and accountability, etc. are some common personality traits which are essential for professional success in architecture and design.

Skills Required

Analytical skills. Architects must understand the content of designs and the context in which they were created. For example, architects must understand the locations of mechanical systems and how those systems affect building operations.

Communication skills. Architects share their ideas, both in oral presentations and in writing, with clients, other architects, and workers who help prepare drawings. Many also give presentations to explain their designs.

Creativity. Architects design the overall look of houses, buildings, and other structures. Therefore, the final product should be attractive and functional.

Organizational skills. Architects often manage contracts. Therefore, they must keep records related to the details of a project, including total cost, materials used, and progress.

Technical skills. Architects use computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) technology to create plans as part of integrated building information modeling (BIM). 

Visualization skills. Architects must be able to see how the parts of a structure relate to each other. They also must be able to visualize how the overall building will look once completed.

International opportunities

Ample working opportunities are available for architects who have specialization in one segment or the other. Numerous internationally acclaimed construction and real estate development companies provide employment opportunities to candidates who are willing to explore career outside India.

Companies like Atelier Bow-Wow, Leo A Daly, Zaha Hadid, Erick van Egeraat, Duda/Paine Architects, PageSoutherlandPage, Gresham, Smith and Partners, Rafael Vinoly Architects, etc. have international operations and invite applications from experienced architects from around the world.

Dubai, Bangkok, Singapore, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai and many other cities have gone through tremendous changes in terms of raising high rising buildings and the architects have played crucial role in it. A great demand is coming up for architects specialised in urban designing, regional planning, etc.

Besides the architects who have done some specialization course in building engineering and management, architectural conservation, industrial design, landscape architecture, naval architecture, architecture concerning traffic and transport planning etc. too have bright career prospects in the USA and other western developing countries which are looking for sustainable development and settlement. Most of the overseas jobs in architecture come from private sector real estate developers who are looking to carve a niche with the help of design and planning.

Miscallaneous Things

Career in Architecture is attractive, high paying, and has lots of potential in terms of growth.

Although most architects work full time, many work long hours, especially when facing deadlines. Self-employed architects may have to work long hours, too, but they have more flexible work schedules.

Career in Architecture has its own pros and cons.

Whereas negatives such as insecurity, job pressure, odd hours of working, too much expectations, etc. haunt an architect,

positives such as higher salaries, growth prospect, individual identity, international exposure, etc. are enticing elements to choose a career in architecture and design.

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