Architects are the creators of some of the marvellous wonders of this world. Architects and art go side by side, in fact, former U.S President Barack Obama once pronounced architecture as “the works of art we can move through and live in”.
Architects give shape and form to the society we live in. They turn a world filled with chaos and ruckus into something that is custom made for our needs and most importantly, civilised.
It serves the purpose of both providing a roof for our heads along with a treat for our eyes.
Below are 5 sempiternal wonders of the modern architecture-
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
Designed by famous American-Canadian architect Frank Gehry, it consists of a series of interconnected buildings featuring titanium curves and glass designs.
It has been described as a swirling collage of warped metallic, by famous writer Dan Brown in his enthralling book, “The origin”.
Louvre, Abu Dhabi
Inaugurated in 2017, this work of architecture is being considered to be even better than its older sibling in Paris. It features 600 artworks, manuscripts and many works of historical and cultural significance.
Beijing national stadium, China
It is the largest steel structure in the world. Constructed between 2003 and 2008, it contains about 28 km of steel. It is also nicknamed, “Bird’s nest stadium”. It also features a movable roof to control the environmental conditions of the stadium!
In mannequins and montages, original notes and sketches, videos and voice-overs, the museum depicts the Saint Laurent story – from his first ground-breaking show in 1962, through to his designs for ballet and theatre, his fantastical costume jewellery, and his most iconic works including the era-defining “smoking” tuxedo.
This museum was designed by French architecture firm studio KO.
Cybertecture egg, India
This landmark building is the first Cybertecture Office Building in the world. James Law Cybertecture International has introduced this innovative design; the commissioners of the design are Vijay Associates (Wadhwa Developers).
Indian architecture is an assimilation of the influences of centuries of history, religion and cultural variation.
With the change in rulers, the influences on the built environment changed as well, resulting in a wide variety of different architectural styles being incorporated such as “cylindrical brick lined wells” during the Indus valley civilisation, Buddhist monuments featuring “stupas”, Mughal tombs of sandstone and marble showing Persian influence.
- Building architect
- Landscape architect
- Naval architect
- Software architect
- Green design architect
- Interior designer
- Industrial architect
Courses and exams
There is only one course at bachelor’s level available for architects in India i.e., B.Arch. This can be followed up by an M.Arch or MURP (Master of urban and regional planning).
Some of the institutes offering this course are given below-
- School of planning and architecture, Delhi
- Department of architecture, IIT Roorkee
- Department of Architecture, IIT Kharagpur
- Maulana Azad national institute of technology
- JJ School of architecture
- Centre for environmental planning and technology, Gujarat
- NIT, Trichy
- Jamia Milia Islamia
- Aligarh Muslim University
The eligibility for entrance exams in this field is 50% aggregate marks in Science stream.
The list of exams conducted is as follows-
- National aptitude test for architecture
- JEE Main, JEE Advanced
- Architecture aptitude test
- Maharashtra architecture common entrance test
An architect has to undertake the following roles and responsibilities-
- Architects develop, design and supervise the construction of buildings and landscapes.
- Modifying existing buildings.
- Making sure that the project is economical with due consideration to environmental and other functional factors.
- Reduce billing costs.
- Design interiors and exteriors of buildings.
- Work with software and help in planning
- It’s a really interesting and creatively satisfying job.
- You can make a choice to work for yourself or for another firm.
- You get to interact with clients and engineers, meeting some new and amazing people on the way.
- There is very little mathematics involved, unlike engineering.
- It is awesome to see people using something you created out of nothing on a daily basis.
- Architectural marvels are some of the best works of art and the main tourist attractions for any city.
- You can actually physically change the world you live in.
- What you do really matters, so you cannot do it half-heartedly. You cannot get by with minimal work.
- Pay is not that good.
- It takes a lot of time to get a degree, do an internship to gain experience and finally develop a generous clientele for yourself and get appreciated. There is a lot of hard work involved.
- Sometimes clients’ demand can be really tricky and hard to bear with.
- When the economy takes a hit, this is the profession that feels it first.
- Can lead to working overtime.
Salary and growth perspective
The average salary of an architect is around 4 l.p.a in India. The salary and benefits are not that high compared to the effort being put in this profession, but on the other hand, once you gain recognition, you take on projects with both hands.
The Indian architecture is slowly seeing better job prospects with the shape of the economy getting better and the need for better infrastructure rising with every passing day.
Books to read
- The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
- The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
- Angels and demons, Dan Brown
- A keen eye for detail
- Problem-solving skills