India has been witnessing infrastructural and economic development on a large scale, and with that, the architectural sector too has been experiencing tremendous progress.
The introduction of laws like RERA and MOFA, have been a boon for the real estate sector, the effects of which, are visible in the ever-increasing number of architectural projects proposed or underway. Thus, for an aspiring architect, there simply could not have been a better time to take advantage of the opportunities that are now available.
Almost all architecture students with degrees in BArch or MArch dream of being able to design and help build the buildings they design. However, career options in this field are far from limited. Besides project and construction management, the role of a design manager is one that has been gaining popularity with many architects of today.
The role of a design manager becomes even more important in case of large-scale projects, because of which, there is a huge demand for such professionals in the domain.
Additionally, a variety of other career choices, such as that of an academician, architectural historian, research and architectural critic and writer, and site management and implementation specialist, are also valued highly in the sector.
However, what makes an exceptional architect and interior designer is a key group of qualities and skills, developed over time. A keen sense of observation is a must, as it gives one the ability to see things beyond their physical manifestation and be inspired from them to create something new.
The aspirant must also be highly motivated and curious, with an insatiable thirst for knowledge and learning, because for an architect, learning is a never-ending process.
An architect must also be travel hungry, with a passion for seeing the world and discovering how houses are built elsewhere, and how people live in a variety of socio-climatic conditions.
While it may not be possible to visit every corner of the earth, the Internet has converged the world onto our palms. It is important to learn, research, and be inspired from the great works of art world over. Lastly, the ability to transform abstract ideas of his mind into hand drawn, tangible diagrams, is a quintessential skill.
The field of architecture and design, along with its academic counterpart, is currently undergoing a revolutionary transformation, owing to the influx of new technologies and innovations that make the process easier, cheaper, and faster.
3D modelling software, in this regard, has played a huge role in the domain. The technology has evolved exponentially over the past few years, and now, designing and building complex shapes is easier than ever.
One only needs to imagine and create a design in the right format, to have the 3D printer recreate a tangible model of it, in front of his own eyes.
Additionally, the viral growth of social media and the Internet has opened unlimited opportunities and platforms to collaborate with others, draw inspiration, exchange ideas, and more, having effectively removed the information hindrances.
When it comes to design innovations and the availability of skilled professionals, India has created a niche market for itself in the architectural domain. With an abundance of skilled talent, India is well known for its creative and inspirational works that draw inspiration from its rich culture and heritage.
As such, many domestic architects tend to infuse their designs with elements of Indian ethnicity, cultural traditions, and other distinctly regional influences, that make the structure both unique, and beautiful.
Architecture is a field of work in which, creativity and inspiration is incredibly important for ensuring an exceptional quality of work. As such, young and budding architects should make it a point to travel often, to places both far and near.
Additionally, carrying a sketchbook on the trip is a very helpful habit, allowing him to write and sketch everything he sees and feels.
Furthermore, besides colleagues in the field, architects should discuss buildings and structures with people who aren’t architects.
Often, their unbiased, objective opinions and views serve as an inspiration and eye-opener, which go on to help you design architectural wonders, later in your career.
The profession, however, comes with its own set of challenges, including the lack of availability of the right kind of material and labour to perform specific tasks, as well as the demanding work hours.
Architecture, unlike any other 9 to 5 profession, requires countless late nights, weekends, and immense hard work. This is what makes architecture a profession that is only suitable for ones who have a burning passion for it, and the dedication to creating something of their own. Every time an architect creates something, he is making a piece of history.
The writer is founding partner, Studio HBA