Are you enamoured by buildings and structures? If yes, then you should definitely consider a career in architecture. There can be no better way to showcase one’s creativity and vision than through a lovely ornate building or a massive skyscraper, is there? In addition to that, careers in architecture offer great potentials and handsome pay packages. Architects design buildings that are not only great to look at but are also functional and safe at the same time. Students choosing architecture as their preferred course should not only have good communication skills but should also be physically fit. You will not only work on the desk but you will also need to contribute at the construction site. There are many qualities that a student pursuing architecture must possess such as responsibility, team spirit, great memory, patience and good decision-making skills.
The fee would vary for degree and diploma courses. Fees for diploma courses can be anywhere between R 1,30,000 – R 2,00,000. Pursuing a degree in government aided institutes or colleges can cost around R 1,60,000 – R 2,30,000 while pursuing a degree in private institutions can cost between R 2,00,000 – R 3,50,000.
After completing a course in architecture, you can choose from a variety of job opportunities like –
- Architectural Illustrator
- Architecture Designer
- Architecture Engineer
- Interior Designer
- Architectural Technologist
- Building Inspector
- Community Planner
- Construction Manager
- Cost Estimator
- Drafting Technician
- Historic Preservationist
- International Aid Worker
- Parks Planner
- Project Manager
- Real Estate Developer
- Restoration Architect
- Sustainable Housing Policy Associate
- Zoning Inspector
An architect starting out can get a salary anywhere between R 20,000 – 30,000 per month. The starting salary can be even more if you complete your course from a recognized and reputed architecture college. Initially when you join an architecture firm, you will only be assisting experienced architects till you gain enough experience to ‘go solo’ and manage your own projects. Once you gain some experience, you can expect to earn a lot more. Architects with work experience of more than 5 years can earn close to R 50,000 to 60,000 per month.
Since urbanization is taking place in full swing, there are plenty of job opportunities for architecture students. And like any other career, architecture also has its own pros and cons. If you are to become a good and successful architect, you will need to be able to handle all the stress and pressures that might arise at work. And since it is not like any other 9-5 job, you also need to be prepared to work at odd hours. But don’t let this deter you; a career in architecture is very fulfilling because it offers amazing growth prospects, international exposure, hefty pay packages and so much more.
- Bachelor of Architecture – 5 years
- Master of Architecture – 2 years
- Diploma in Architecture Engineering – 3 years
- Diploma in Architecture Assistantship – 3 years
- Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mumbai
- Department of Architecture, IIT, Roorkee
- Department of Architecture, NIT, Calicut
- CT Group of Institution, Punjab
- Bachelor’s Degree – 50% in 10+2
- Candidates must also have valid NATA score obtained in National Aptitude Test in Architecture conducted by the Council of Architecture
Getting a degree in architecture is not easy; there is a lot of hard work and effort that is required. More often than not, I have to burn the midnight oil. But I think for students like me who are passionate about the field, it is also very interesting so much so that it does not feel like work. I think all students should also have mentors who are experienced architects to guide them because getting the basics right is crucial for becoming a good architect. I am lucky to have an uncle who is in the same field and so whenever I get stuck or need some advice, I make sure to talk to him and get his opinion on the matter. The right advice from an experienced professional can really come in handy.
Rishi Baruah, Student, Delhi