An architect’s job is to design buildings & spaces, sometimes they also design spaces & cities, and help in the development of a new area. As an architect, you can open your own business or work under renowned architects or films. It is often seen as an appealing career choice for many after they finish their studies. For people who have a creative mind & interest in studying, learning & applying their knowledge to their field, it is a great option. There are also many subfields one can choose from a career in architecture & many professionals regard it as a very difficult career to get into.

So are you thinking of  a career in architecture in India? Are you sure about it? With over 12,000 possible career options to choose from & to think about, being in doubt or having a cluttered mind is also fair. We always recommend that you take career counselling after 10th & 12th, so that professionals can help you with career planning assessment & more. It also ensures that you don’t make the wrong choice. Read on further to know if architecture is a good career option & how life looks like for an architect –

How Life Looks Like For An Architect In India

Life as an architect can differ on the basis of how good you are at your job, where you have received your degree from & the most obvious is skill. But here’s a general look at how they are generally perceived in society & a few more aspects.

Architects are very well respected in society and earn quite well. Sources add that in India, architects earn somewhere around – ‘ranges between ₹ 3.0 Lakhs to ₹ 40.0 Lakhs with an average annual salary of ₹ 20.0 Lakhs’. Though the amount of money you earn depends solely on skill & level of advancement. We always recommend getting into a profession for the love of the work rather than the money. Once you master your vocation, you are bound to get a hefty salary. Thus architecture is a good career option with hard work.

You can also become a professor in the end & share your valuable knowledge with other aspirants or open your own practice which can be quite lucrative & satisfying.  A career in architecture might be a bit demanding but is also quite satisfying, mention many scholars.

How Can One Become An Architect?

Generally, there are four types of architects – Technical Architect, Planning Architect, Site Architect & Design Architect. These are the most common types of architects & the names are pretty self-explanatory, from planning technical aspects of a building to actually designing the entire building, there is a lot you can do. Let’s move on to how you can become an architect –

  1. Choosing the right stream after 10th – It is essential that after 10th Grade you choose science as a stream, only after that can you think about becoming an architect. Apart from the fact that you need science with math to qualify for higher studies as an architect, it is also essential that you understand physics well.
  2. Bachelor’s Degree – The next step after high school will be to get your bachelor’s degree. The most common degree that you can opt-in for is – a Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch) degree. You can also opt in for special programs like – a Bachelor’s in Engineering and Architectural Design, Bachelor of Engineering in Landscape Architecture, BSc/BA in Architecture Technology & Construction Management & BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture & Design.
  3. Applying for work – After you finish your bachelor’s you should aim to pass the Architect Registration Examination & then look for work under a firm, architect or an internship where you can learn the craft a bit better.
  4. Get a license – The final step is to get a license. You have to first register with the Council Of Architecture (COA) & then pass the exam. After this, you can open your own practice or apply for a master’s.

Few Architects & Their Work You Must Look Into

Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid was a prominent British-Iraqi architect whose work was highly influenced by Suprematism & Russian forms of art. Some of her works are – London Aquatics Center, Broad Art Museum, MAXXI Museum & Guangzhou Opera House.

Antoni Gaudí

Antoni Gaudi was a Spanish architect who was known for Catalan architecture & his sui generis style. Some of his work are – . Park Güell, Palau Güell, Casa Milà, Casa Vicens, Sagrada Família & Casa Batlló, which are all UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Frank Lloyd Wright 

Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect who was known for his key role in the architectural movements of the twentieth century. Some of his work are – Edmund D. Brigham House, City National Bank Building and Park Inn Hotel & many more structures.

Mies Van der Rohe

Mies Van der Rohe was a German architect who was known for being one of the pioneers of modernist architecture. Some of his works are – the Brno chair, Court House, Armchair (MR20), Tugendhat chair, Barcelona chair and stool. He is the man known for the phrase – ‘God is in the details’.

Architecture is a good career option in India but there are many things to consider before taking it. First, there is a lot of ground work that needs to be put in. After that, only after many years of professional work can one become good at it.  In the end a career in architecture is a very good option if you are willing to work hard. Reach out to a career counselor to know more.


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