The breakneck pace of urbanization in India in the last few decades has escalated the demand for infrastructural development. This fast-paced progress has also suggested the requirement of a task force of skilled individuals in the infrastructure sector in staggering numbers. Owing to this scenario, the blooming Indian Architecture industry poses immense scope for students who aspire to pursue a career in Architecture.
Every planned progression of development we find around ourselves is the work of an architect. The buildings and landscapes we enjoy every day- homes, office buildings, institutions, public parks, theatres, factories, sports arenas, malls, to services that facilitate our lives every day- bridges, public transport networks, etc. all are created by architects.
With the rapid evolution of available technologies and integrating them into the profession, future possibilities and prospectus for architects seem very bright.
Aspects of formal training in Architecture
Right from conceiving a design to the stage of implementation, a career in architecture treads a fine line between art and science. Students who find themselves interested in the science of creating and the art of aesthetics embedded in the built environment can seek formal training in Architecture.
The architecture institutes educate students on every aspect of realising a project- from the initial intangible stages of site analysis, project conception and design proposition to relevant tangibles of materialising the project through construction details and techniques.
Students are also introduced to the economics of building a design project- analysing expenditure and controlling budgets are some of the critical concerns to be mindful of while constructing a building. They are also acquainted with the social responsibility of curating designs that sit well with the surrounding context and are motivated to devise eco-friendly design ideas.
The time spent in a design school in learning technical skills and creative artistry to design functional, attractive, and environmentally conscious projects, equip aspirants to become accountable future makers.
Role of an Architect
The facets of architecture are varied and fascinating. Architects indulge in diverse works, including spatial design, aesthetics, safety management, material management, and several others. The role of an architecture professional is to assess the client’s vision, requirements & budget, perform the research and analysis required, provide feasible design solutions and construct the visualised design after a thorough investigation on expenditure.
Another facet of the design-build genre is the constraint to comply with the building and safety regulations. Depending on the project, the architect also needs to abide by the laws surrounding the preservation of the local environment.
An architect is a creative problem solver who takes pride in inventing designs that increase efficiency and optimise spaces for communities, homeowners, and businesses. It is their responsibility to bring the client’s creative ideas to reality while keeping in mind the needs of those using the constructed space.
Sneak Peek into the professional world
The architecture profession is a creative field that requires a great deal of vision and expression. An architect has to thoroughly revise the smallest of the detail that goes into materialising a project. They are the core manager spearheading the design project while hosting varied collaborators from structural engineers, contractors, masons to material vendors, creating an obligation to work well in leadership roles. They also wrestle with the prevalent weather conditions with all their will to ensure the desired on-site implementation of the project. As they say, passion stands the test of all adversities.
While there are always challenges surrounding the professional arena of architecture, and a lot goes into the making, as an architect, there is nothing more fulfilling than having the opportunity to put your creative footprint on a built form that will eventually shape the built environment.
Individuals keen on solving the diverse array of issues that impact the world around them can foresee themselves as Architects. An architect can respond to these issues with aesthetic and functional answers through a creative and systematic problem-solving approach. India envisions a wide variety of developmental agendas, paving a pathway towards great architectural scope for budding and aspiring architects in the near future.
—Article by Ar. Shalini Chandrashekar &Ar. G.S. Mahaboob Basha, Principal Designers and Co-founders, Taliesyn – Design & Architecture
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