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Architect - How to become an Architect

The architect is a professional who creates the design of a building, road or any other infrastructures from imagination on to the paper. The architect is also prevailing since time immemorial. And it is the one profession which never ever lost its importance. There is no field in the sphere of human life that can survive without the use of architectural skills. One can say that this profession has become the face of civil society. It is only the marvel of Architecture that even today, more than 300 years after its inception Taj Mahal of Agra and so many other buildings in the words are admired by virtually everybody on this earth.

In the last 75 years or so with the globalization and increased consumerism importance of this field has increased many folds. Whatever may be the field, architects are in high demand now. But in this society where the tolerance power has become zero only the hundred percepts perfect professional are sort after. So to be an Architect one has to give a hundred per cent of him to be in the race to grab good opportunities in this field. In lieu of this hard work and professionalism, this profession provides you with not only the social status but also good returns in terms of money and riches.

So to be one of these highly acclaimed professionals one should have discipline, patience, commitment to excel in their respective field and self-confidence. If you have all these qualities in you then be ready to compete in some of the highly rated competitive exams to enter world-class Architect institutes to refine your skills to be able to deliver hundred per cent.

Architect Eligibility

Educational Qualification

To become an Architect the aspiring candidate needs to a Diploma/Degree Holder in Architect.

Architect Required Skills

  • Architects should be imaginative and creative thinking skills; ability to analyse and critically assess problems.
  • They should have the ability to see the big picture as well as giving attention to the smallest detail.
  • They should possess the ability to communicate effectively; understanding of history, and cultural and environmental concerns.
  • They also have the ability to negotiate skills to resolve complex building issues; lateral thinking skills to solve complex problems. 

  • How to become an Architect?

    Aspiring candidates have to follow the given steps to become an Architect.

    Step 1

    After completing 10th class aspiring candidate can appear in the entrance test conducted by the Technical Education Boards of various State Governments and selected candidates are admitted in Diploma in Architect course of the Diploma colleges (Polytechnics) according to the rank in the entrance exam. In the State of Haryana, Diploma Entrance Test (DET) is taken to admit the students in its Diploma Architect colleges. This exam is generally held in the month of May-June and consists of Objective type questions on the subject of English, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Aptitude.

    Alternatively, 12 class pass candidates can take Engineering Entrance Exams like JEE to Join Bachelors in Architect courses in reputed Architect Colleges of India.

    Step 2

    After completing this three years of Diploma course one can either join some job of Assistant Architect or can compete to get admission in the second year of a degree in Architect course which is provided by some of the regional engineering/Architect collages of the state. OR One can complete its Architect studies through AMIE (Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers) - An alternate option for getting an Architect degree.

    AMIE introduce non-formal engineering/Architect education Programme, successful completion of which is recognised as equivalent to a degree in engineering/Architect by the government of India, the union public service commission, state governments and public/ private sector organizations.

    After successful completion of the degree course and required internship, the candidate is ready to join Government, Semi Government or Privates sector as Assistant Architect. As another option one can opt of higher qualification as Master in Architect followed by PhD and can go form research work or for academics. It all depends upon once priorities in their life.

    Architect Job Description

    Following are some of the major roles of the Architect:
  • They control projects from start to finish to ensure high quality, innovative and functional design.
  • They also use the construction “brief” to identify clients’ needs and put together feasibility reports and design proposals.
  • They develop architecture in line with the client’s needs, building’s usage and environmental impact.

  • Architect Career Prospects

    Architects job involves designing new buildings, bridges, roads etc and extensions or alterations to existing buildings. Being experts in their field they are advised on the restoration and conservation of old properties. They usually work on individual buildings or on large redevelopment schemes and can be responsible for the design of the surrounding landscape.

    Architects ensure that projected designs made by them match the needs and comforts of their clients as well as are functional, safe and economical. They usually control a project from start to finish and work with a number of construction professionals, including surveyors and engineers.

    Architect Salary

    Degree architects in private sector can get anywhere near Rs.30,000 to Rs.35,000 as a starter and can go anywhere as high as Rs.1,00,000 per month with experience and ability in their organization. They can get in Government sector they do not get as much as in the private sector. But they are suitably compensated by other perks and allowances in addition to housing facilities, medical expenses as well as free/concessional air passages for their immediate family members and dependents (as LTC) above all the status attached with the Government sector posts.

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