Architecture is the art, science and the business of planning, designing and constructing buildings and other structures. It is a blend of Art, Humanities and Science combining creativity, innovation, engineering and design.
Architects design all kinds of buildings, from schools to skyscrapers, and hospitals to hotels and houses. Before constructing a building, an architect draws up a plan for the building. They also help in the restoration and protection of old buildings. They supervise projects from its starting stage to its completion stage.
Science with Mathematics stream is recommended as Physics and Math are compulsory subjects (along with English and two other optional subjects like Chemistry/ Biology/ Biotechnology or any vocational subject).
Bachelor of Architecture course is of 5 year duration.
You can also pursue a three year Diploma course in Architectural assistantship or Diploma in Construction management which will enable you to work as assistant architects. However these courses are offered by very few recognised institutions in India.
For further qualification, you may take an MArch with suitable subject specialisations . MArch course is of 2 year duration.
You may also take a BTech in Civil Engineering and then take Master of Planning (M Plan) which is equivalent to M Arch in Planning.
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Architects need good analytical skills for understanding the requirements of the systems and developing and implementing suitable designs.
Architects should be able to communicate effectively with clients, other architects and builders both verbally and through presentations or reports.
Architects require good creativity skills as they work on producing living spaces which are both functional and aesthetic.
Architects need to manage contracts, and keep records of a project including total cost, materials used, and the progress achieved.
Architects need to develop expertise in the use of modern technology like CAD and building information modeling (BIM).
Architects must be able to create designs and visualise the relationship between different parts of a structure and how the overall project will look after being completed.