Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Architecture as a career

Architecture is the art and science of designing buildings and structures. The main task of an architect is to keep feasibility, cost to the building as well as the functional and aesthetic aspects of building in mind. While planning a structural design, an architect has to weave interplay of space, volume, light, texture, shadow or abstract elements to achieve pleasing aesthetics. Architecture sector is booming as more and more people are going for individual homes.
A candidate should complete 10 + 2 with Math’s and English (with at least 50%) preferably with a first division. After completing 10+2, the candidate is required to complete the course of B.Arch. (Bachelor of Architecture) which is of 5 years duration in normal course and recognized by Council of Architecture (COA).
Career Prospects
After the completion of the B.Arch. degree, the architect has to register himself with the Council of Architecture (COA), which is mandatory if he wants to carry the profession of architecture independently,  want to take a Govt. job or want to take up teaching job.
After getting himself registered with the Council of Architecture, an architect can apply to Government agencies like Central Public Works Department or CPWD, which recruit architects through a competitive examination conducted by the U.P.S.C. It is a class II job. The person can reach up to the post of ADG (Architecture) by retirement.  

Followings are some of the largest public sector employers in this field:
  • City Development Authorities
  • Departments of Railways
  • Housing and Urban Development Corporation
  • Ministry of Defence
  • National Building Construction Corporation Ltd.
  • National Building Organisation
  • National Institute of Urban Affairs
  • Post and Telegraphs
  • Public Sector Undertakings
  • Public Works Department
  • The Archaeological Department
  • Town and Country Planning Organisation
Some major private players in design and construction sector:
  • Aeons Construction etc.
  • DLF
  • Eros Group
  • Gammon India
  • L & T
  • Sahara

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