Architect - How to become an Architect

Architect is a professional who create the design of a building, road or any other infrastructures from imagination on to the paper. 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 the 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 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 percept perfect professional are sort after. So to be an Architect one has to give hundred percent 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 percent.


Architect Eligibility

There are two options that one can follow to be an Architect graduate.

1. One can join Diploma College/Polytechnic after 10th and get a Diploma in Architect.

1. Educational Qualification

To be eligible for joining a three years Diploma in Architect course one should be 10th Class pass or appeared.


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?

One have to follow below given steps for becoming an Architect-

Step 1

Interested candidate has to appear in an entrance test conducted by the Technical Education Boards of various State Governments and selected candidates are admitted in the Diploma colleges (Polytechnics) according to the rank in the entrance exam.

In the State of Punjab in India Joint Entrance Test (JET) 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.

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 degree in Architect course which is provided by some of the regional engineering/Architect collages of the state. OR

1. 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.

The second option is that the Architect aspirant can opt for 10+2 followed by admission in the degree collage.


1. Educational Qualification

To be eligible for joining a Bachelor in Architect Course one should be 10+2 Class pass or appeared in Non-Medical stream with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as main subjects with minimum of 60% marks in PCM for most of the prestigious colleges.

Step 1

Eligible candidates have to appear in the entrance tests conducted by various State universities ( like PU, KU, Delhi University etc) of the state, Central Govt Organizations like AIEEE and independent institution(like IIT’s , BITS Pilani etc.) present at various places in the India. Candidate get admission into these collages for four year degree Programme according to their merit in the examination taken and stream of their interest as selected by them.

Step 2

After successful completion degree course and completion of the 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 M.E. followed by Ph.D. and can go form research work or for academics. It all depends upon once priorities in their life.

The more competitive one’s can go for Indian Engineering Services exam to get to the top most technical post of the Government of India.


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 advice 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. 25,000 to Rs. 30,000 as 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 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 dependants (as LTC) above all the status attached with the Government sector posts.

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