A NEW DAWN FOR AR­CHI­TEC­TURE

Many freshly grad­u­ated ar­chi­tects find them­selves un­sure about where to be­gin. The task of plan­ning your pro­fes­sional life in the most com­pli­cated branch of de­sign can be a daunt­ing one.

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The fa­mous Ger­man ar­chi­tect Wal­ter Gropius said that, “A so­ci­ety needs a good im­age of it­self. That is the true job of an ar­chi­tect.” This quote holds true in ev­ery era of ar­chi­tec­tural brilliance.

The Colos­seum, the Great Wall of China, the Great Pyra­mid of Giza, Taj Mahal, Qu­tub Mi­nar and Red Fort are ex­am­ples of great ar­chitech­ture. Ar­chi­tec­ture is one of the most in­flu­en­tial pro­fes­sions in our so­ci­ety that of­fers op­por­tu­ni­ties to shape and trans­form the so­ci­ety we live in.

BE­ING MUL­TI­FAC­ETED HELPS

Ar­chi­tects are not only in­volved in main­stream ar­chi­tec­tural prac­tice but also work on ur­ban plan­ning, prop­erty devel­op­ment, teach­ing and dis­as­ter re­lief. They look into con­sid­er­ing fac­tors that make the build­ing project func­tional, se­cure and eco­nom­i­cal and fit peo­ple’s re­quire­ment. They are in­volved in all phases of a con­struc­tion project. They re­quire skills such as en­gi­neer­ing, de­sign­ing, su­per­vis­ing, man­ag­ing, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and also per­sua­sive skills to com­mu­ni­cate their vi­sion.

THE OB­JEC­TIVE OF AN AR­CHI­TECT

With a client, the ar­chi­tect will dis­cuss all the re­quire­ments, ob­jec­tives and bud­gets of the projects. They can help in pre-de­sign ser­vices like se­lect­ing a site, pre­par­ing cost anal­y­sis and land use stud­ies, spec­i­fy­ing the re­quire­ments the de­sign must meet and con­duct­ing fea­si­bil­ity and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact stud­ies. Af­ter ar­chi­tects dis­cuss and agree on a pro­posal, they de­velop the fi­nal con­struc­tion plans that demon­strate de­tails of con­struc­tion and the fa­cade of the build­ing. This in­cludes draw­ings of struc­tural sys­tems and build­ing ma­te­rial and in­te­rior fur­nish­ings. As con­struc­tion con­tin­ues, ar­chi­tects may visit build­ing sites to en­sure that con­trac­tors fol­low the de­sign, ad­here to the sched­ule and use the spec­i­fied ma­te­ri­als. They must fol­low zon­ing laws, build­ing codes and var­i­ous other or­di­nances.

EVO­LU­TION OF THE PRO­FES­SION

Pa­per and pen­cil have been re­placed by com­puter-aided de­sign­ing and draft­ing (CADD) and build­ing in­for­ma­tion mod­el­ing (BIM) tech­nol­ogy, which is help­ful, as ar­chi­tects are re­quired to make con­tin­ual re­vi­sions based on the client’s needs and bud­get con­straints. Col­lab­o­ra­tion is a large part of this pro­fes­sion, since a great deal of time is spent co­or­di­nat­ing in­for­ma­tion with ur­ban plan­ners, en­gi­neers, land­scape ar­chi­tects, in­te­rior de­sign­ers and other pro­fes­sion­als. Ar­chi­tec­ture is now one of the most vis­i­ble and long-term forms of ex­pres­sion. Most pro­fes­sion­als to­day try to blend an­cient and mod­ern de­signs.

PRIME FU­TURE PROSPECTS

The job pro­file of an ar­chi­tect ranges from data an­a­lyst, ar­chi­tec­ture de­signer, ar­chi­tec­ture en­gi­neer, in­te­rior de­signer, ar­chi­tec­ture con­sul­tant, ar­chi­tec­tural as­sis­tant, ar­chi­tec­tural his­to­rian/jour­nal­ist, art di­rec­tor, build­ing con­trac­tor, de­signer to land­scape ar­chi­tect. Global mar­kets pro­vide at­trac­tive ca­reer and op­por­tu­ni­ties for ar­chi­tec­ture grad­u­ates. Some gover­ment de­part­ments that hire ar­chi­tec­ture grad­u­ates in­clude the Min­istry of De­fence, Hous­ing and Ur­ban Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion; pri­vate or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clude builders, state de­part­ments, con­sul­tants, and ar­chi­tec­ture firms. In a city that is dom­i­nated by the tallest tow­ers, ar­chi­tec­ture is no joke.

SUNEEL GALGOTIA CHAN­CEL­LOR, GALGOTIAS UNIVER­SITY, GREATER NOIDA

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