A Career in Architecture: Build Dreams, Not Just Buildings

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From the majestic Taj Mahal of India to the mysterious pyramids of Egypt, the world is filled with structures which not only baffle minds but also induce a sense of feeling small and insignificant as we stare at their gigantic sizes. What is more amazing is the fact that all these structures were built by people with minds similar to those who are astonished at these structures. The only difference was: those minds were trained in a discipline called Architecture.

Architecture is more than a study. It is the combination of art and engineering. An architect designs structures keeping in mind their utility, their aesthetical appeal and the safety of their occupants. In other words, architects merge aspects of art with the practical usage of the buildings they design.

One of the biggest advantages of being an architect is the euphoria you will feel when you see your idea becoming a part of your city’s skyline. To see something which was born from your thoughts taking a tangible shape and benefitting people is one of the most satisfying feelings. Architecture gives your mind freedom. Architects can express themselves through their designs.

“Architecture is not merely a career. It’s a lifestyle” says Bob Borson, an architect from Texas. He explains that architects think about their profession all the time. For them, it’s not ‘job’, rather a state of mind in which they are immersed always, enjoying it and honing it.

With the growing need for housing in developing countries, architects have a huge demand around the world. According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics of the United States Department of Labour, year 2012 recorded more than 100,000 jobs for entry level architects with a bachelor’s degree.

Even the study of architecture has diversified and branched into several specializations including landscape design, urban design and planning, ecological management, environmental design, urban conservation, heritage management and many others. Architects are trained in visual communications, design theories and architecture history. They are also taught about building materials, construction, structural elements, and environmental challenges among other subjects.

In India, apart from prospects in the private sector, an architect can find employment in National Institute of Urban Affairs, Public Works Department, Housing and Urban Development Corporation, Ministry of Defence, National Building Organization, Archaeological Department, Town and Country Planning Organization, Departments of Railways, Post and Telegraphs, Public Sector Undertakings, National Building Construction Corporation Ltd., etc. 

Technology has brought new tools and enhanced the creativity of architecture. In the present era, architects have more opportunities to explore their ideas than ever before. The designing work has not just been made easy but has also inherited several changes which have shifted the plates of architecture and made it a more dynamic and deep study.

A career in architecture is the right choice for students who possess an analytical mind, visualization skills, are creative and have a strong inclination towards designing structures. If you possess these skills, then you will find it hard to resist the lure of combining art with practise and knowledge with tangible results. 

Kelly Brooke
Guest Contributor