Architecture Career Guide – An Overview
Architecture is a unique combination of process and the product i.e. planning, designing, and construction of buildings and structures. A degree in architecture offers you a one of a kind experience that combines Design, Culture, Science and Technology. If you are a person with soft corner for design and aesthetics as well as well versed with science, architecture is for you.
It gives one the skills required to design and build new buildings, anything from small homes to skyscrapers, huge office towers, shopping malls and hotels. Like said, Architecture is an equal proportion of arts and science! Technical, social, aesthetic, design and ethical concerns are all embellished on a single crown.
Architecture in History
The birth of architecture can be traced back to several years ago, may be to the Bronze Age. For example let us take the Harappa civilization. The standardized system of urban layout and planning was the highlight of the civilization.
Architectural works are often perceived as cultural symbols and work of art. Hence, historical civilizations are often identified with their surviving architectural achievements. India is a huge country that boasts of myriad architectural types. The most prominent, dominant and well intact architectural marvels are the ones built by the Mogul emperors under the Mogul dynasty. These structures stand tall even today. The Red Fort in New Delhi is a classic example. This is the place where our national flag is hoisted every independence day. Of course one cannot forget the Taj Mahal – the modern wonder of the world!
Architecture in Modern World
In the more modern world, the architectural wonders such as the museum in Bilbao – The Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gehry is definitely one of the most admired architectural wonder.
Architecture in general sense can mean (a source from internet encyclopedia states as follows):
• In general it refers to – buildings and other physical structures.
• The art and science of designing buildings and also non – building structures.
• The style of design and method of construction to construct buildings and other physical structures.
• The knowledge of art, science & technology and humanity.
• The practice of the architect, where it means rendering professional services to design and construct buildings or built environments.
• The design activity of the architect from the macro-level (urban design, landscape architecture) to the micro – level (furniture).
Now that you had a brief but in depth intro about the field of architecture, you sure must be eager to learn further about the career options and job prospects in this field. So please find the brief intro regarding this. Much shall be discussed in our next articles.
The course usually takes up to five years to complete. One should try to gain plenty of practical training through internships and industrial visits. If any of you aspires to pursue a career in this field, one needs to write the National Aptitude Test Architecture (NATA). Despite the relatively low starting graduate salary, architecture courses are highly competitive. Hence we shall also discuss about the accreditation of the colleges and the importance of knowing the best colleges to pursue Architecture course.