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What is Architecture – An Overview

In the most common form, architecture is the study of the concerned techniques and art of buildings, infrastructures, and designing. Architecture is not same as the concepts of construction as it deals with the art of building large and heavy structures. The practice of architecture is deals with fulfilling the expressive and practical requirements, ergo; it serves both aesthetic and utilitarian ends.

With the help of simplest words, architecture can be defined as a profession that deals with designing buildings, communities, open areas, and other manmade construction sites and bio-environments. Architecture is very closes to aesthetics and at times it also concerns with the selection and designing of decoration and furnishing, monitoring of construction works, and the supervision of remodeling and restoration of existing buildings.

Zaha Mohammad Hadid, the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize said, “Architecture is really about well-being. I think that people want to feel good in a space… On the one hand it’s about shelter, but it’s also about pleasure.” This shows us that architecture is all about welfare, space, shelter, and satisfaction. Architecture is science and business combined that yields the best form of social art and beauty. Without any compromise, the architecture must always be of the highest form of design that is a treat to the observer’s eyes.

 All about Architecture Courses/Degrees

In India, there are multitudes of courses available for an architecture enthusiast. We have certification courses, undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral courses that deal with PhD in the realm of architecture. All these courses have different level of study and the criteria of each course are different than other. It totally depends in which learning phase you are what is your choice of interest in the domain of architecture?

Learning architecture is of utmost importance because fundamentally, the niche of architecture exists in the world to develop the physical environment in which we coexist but more importantly, it is an inseparable part of our culture; in short, it is the representation of how we see and the world ourselves in the most natural way.

We will be dealing with these in the later part of the blog. Also, in this blog, we are going to see – course eligibility, admission process, benefits of studying architecture, job opportunities, and salary after studying architecture, and lot more.

So, without any further ado, let us start with:

 Architecture Courses Types/Levels

Let us see various architecture course types and a get a brief introduction to each one of them.

  • Architecture Certification:It is a short course and here, a student of architecture will receive a highly valuable certificate upon completing the course. The certification course is of 1 year or more depening upon the course you opt.
  • Architecture UG Courses:This is a 5-year fulltime course in the field of architecture. Upon its completion, an aspiring student will get an undergraduate degree which has a huge demand in the market.
  • Architecture PG Courses: This is 2-year fulltime course in architecture domain and a student who has passed the course will receive a master’s degree. FYI, recruiters and HR professionals are always on a look for such candidates who have a Master’s degree.
  • Architecture PHD Courses: MPhil/PhD in Architecture is a 4-year fulltime course in the architecture niche. This is the most advanced type of course in architecture and is pursued by those students who have a master’s degree. This degree demands the understanding of research methodologies in architecture and aesthetics.

 Architecture Courses Eligibility

Let us see the architecture course eligibility for Certification/Diploma, Undergraduate, Postgraduate, and Doctoral degrees in detail.

Course eligibility for Diploma/Certification course in Architecture: The aspiring student must have successfully cleared 10th board from a recognized board of education. They must have passed the examination with at least 55% marks.

Course eligibility for Undergraduate course in Architecture: The eligibility criteria for undergraduate course states that the candidate must have at least 50% of marks in the 12th standard or they must have passed Class 10th and have a diploma certificate from a recognized college/university.

Course eligibility for Postgraduate course in Architecture: The aspiring candidate for a master’s course must possess a bachelor’s degree in architecture from a recognized college/university with a minimum of 50% marks.

Course eligibility for Doctoral course in architecture: The aspiring students seeking admission for a doctoral degree must have a master’s degree in architecture from a recognized college/institution/university.

 Architecture Courses Admission Process

Let us see the admission process for every architecture course that an aspiring student can pursue in India

Admission Process for Diploma Course in Architecture: Merit based or entrance examinations

Admission Process for Undergraduate Course in Architecture: State/National level entrance examinations

Admission Process for Postgraduate Course in Architecture: State/National level entrance examinations or merit based at graduation level

Admission Process for Doctoral Course in Architecture: Entrance examination followed by a personal interview.

 Salary after Architecture Courses

The salary is different for different types of courses pursued by a student. For example, the student who has a diploma certificate will get lesser salary than a master’s degree holder and a PhD degree holder will get more salary than a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree holder student because a PhD student’s expertise is way more than others. Similarly, a bachelor’s degree holder will get salary more than a diploma holder but lesser than a master’s degree and doctoral degree candidate.

But more salary doesn’t mean that you must purse a PhD course anyhow! Go for higher studies if you have an interest to grow more than your peers in the field. Remember, your CTC or salary will increase with your experience and you must not make haste in this domain.

Now, let us see salary you can expect after architecture –

Salary after Diploma: Between Rs. 1-2.5 lacs per annum.

Salary after Bachelor’s Degree: Between Rs. 3-4.5 lacs per annum.

Salary after Master’s Degree: Between Rs. 4.5-7 lacs per annum.

Salary after Doctoral Degree: Between Rs. 6-9 lacs per annum.

 Career/Job Opportunities after Architecture Courses

A student who has successfully passed a course in architecture can enjoy a highly rewarding career in public, private, or government sector. If interested, they can venture into entrepreneurship as well. So, now let’s see each one of these in details:

  • Private Jobs Opportunities: Architect, Architectural technologist, Interior and spatial designer, building surveyor, production designer, and more.
  • Government Jobs Opportunities: Town planner, historic buildings inspector, architect for government agencies, structural engineer, and more. Various jobs in the Department of Railways, Department of Post and Telegraph, and National Building Organization.
  • Entrepreneurship: If you have a master’s, bachelors, or doctoral degree in hand then you can go for entrepreneurship and open a private firm of yours. You can undertake private or government tenders and can start working on them with your own team. With this, you will be able to create job opportunities for others.

 Scope of Architecture in India & Abroad

The scope of architecture is immense in India as well as in abroad. Top MNCs of the world such as – Gillian Executive Search, Inc., A/E/C JobBank, Sloane Associates, Inc., Abel Personnel, Hedlund Corporation Design Force Solutions, AEC Executive Search Partners, OnPoint Search Group Inc., API Partners, Tristaff, and more are always looking for candidates who have done a course in architecture.

Reputed recruiters and HR professionals want good architecture candidate in their firms and you can become a consultant for a leading organization and enjoy a prosperous life. If interested you can work as a professor or lecturer in a leading institution and help the nation develop the best-in-class architects.

Countries such as Ireland, Qatar, Canada, Australia, the US, the UK, and Switzerland have a huge scope for architects. If you have a master’s or doctoral degree then you can visit these countries and start afresh with a respectable job. Also, these countries pay very good remuneration when it comes to architecture and they lead a very happy life in foreign countries. Sometimes, an architect works in a foreign country for 5-8 years and come back to India with enough money to start his/her own business.

Benefits of a Career in Architecture

Here are the 7 top benefits of having a career in architecture

  1. Get an opportunity to travel worldwide: With a degree in hand, you will have the opportunity to travel across the world and work in different countries and enjoy a lavishing life.
  2. Highly rewarding and creative career: Architects get better and more salary than other professionals and the domain is fast-paced; so you can climb the ladder of success quicker than your peers.
  3. Amazing job and career opportunities: Good architects are always welcome with open arms and hearts in the realm of government, public, or private sector. They can work in any sector and earn a name for themselves.
  4. Improve lives of other people: An architect touches the lives of umpteen numbers of people and transform it for the greater good. By building structures, an architect helps a community to coexist in harmony.
  5. Control the impact on environment: Unlike other professions, architects have a great influence on the milieu. Hence, the career opportunity gives the architect a chance to act in a responsible manner and gives a candidate the power to make a positive impact on the society.
  6. Top Research and Development work: An architect has the opportunity to indulge in the top R&D works in the niche. When an architect has the knowledge of the status quo of this niche, they can revolutionize the industry with their skills.
  7. Respect in the society: An architect is always respected in the society because they are the ones responsible for making and building structures that lasts for a lifetime. With intelligence and ingenuity an architect can leave their footprints on earth and others can follow it to become a beacon of light.

 Skills Required To Be an Architect

Here are the top 10 skills required for a student to become a successful and professional architect

  • Creative Skills
  • Visualizing & Engineering Skills
  • Decision Making Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Analytical Skills
  • Design Skills
  • Aesthetic Knowledge
  • Commercial Awareness
  • Teamwork

 Top Recruiters in Architecture

Here are the top recruiters for architecture students in India

  • Architect Hafeez Contractor
  • Archkons
  • Sanon Sen & Associates
  • Span Consultants Private Limited
  • Kukreja Associates
  • Prem Nath & Associates
  • SEMAC Private Limited
  • OCI Architects
  • Mantri Developers
  • Sobha Limited

So, now you know everything about architecture. Before embarking on a course, take your time and decide. If you have a passion for building and interest for aesthetics then architecture and you are made for each other without an iota of doubt. By pursuing a degree in architecture – several golden opportunities will open knock at your door and you will have to choose one to live a happy life.

Architects can do wonders in this world and they are always welcomed everywhere. If you like designing and is confident that you can build structures that would be beneficial to the society then you must pursue a degree in architecture. Have an opportunity to travel the world and do commendable work by having a degree of architecture in hands.

 Study Architecture in Om Sterling Global University

OSGU has every amenity that is required to develop the best architects of the nation. Along with highly experienced faculty members, modern laboratories, eclectic libraries, and top-notch hostel facilities, Om Sterling Global University focuses on the holistic development of a student by paying attention to extra and co-curricular activities. With the amalgamation of all these features, we develop the leaders of tomorrow who have the capability to reform industries and the world with their talents.

At OSGU, you will have the opportunity to get everything under one roof! You can opt to study B. Architecture, B. Planning, M. Architecture, or M. Planning (Urban Planning) and become an eminent personality in the domain. If you wish to know more about us and also want to explore what we have to offer for you, feel free to contact us.

Dr. Beena Dixit
Dr. Beena Dixit
Dr. Beena Dixit, an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Fine Arts, is a woman of dream and determination. Her vision and her futuristic principles are incorporated in her studied and researched writings which also make her an inspiration for the youth and her admirers.
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