WHAT IS ARCHITECTURE ?
ARCHITECTURE is one of several professional activities, law and medicine are others - which are evidently so necessary to mankind that they have existed from almost the start of civilisation. Shelter is an elemental need, Architecture is much more than merely building a shelter. It also attends to psychological needs of the human being occupying it. It is the shaping of our physical environment.
WHAT DO ARCHITECTS DO ?
Architect’s task is essentially to design building, individual or groups of them for different purposes. Whether a building is in the heart of a great city or on perimeter of village, it is for the use of the people and should be designed with a compassionate understanding of those who work, live or play within and around it. That it should be appropriate to its location, efficient, economical and capable of enhancing the quality of life, need not be stressed. These are the qualities which architects can still offer and these qualities are important to communities. They need re-definition and the architect needs to reconfirm his commitment to them.
FUTURE FOR ARCHITECTS
Most architects practice in Urban areas individually, Although substantial numbers are employed by state and Central Government. The numbers of architects employed in private sector by developers, industries business and research organisations is also increasing. Few of them are also employed by Banks, Financial Institutions and Public Sector companies. Architect may also choose to undertake specialised studies at post graduate level in the field like Urban design, Urban and regional Planning, Landscape Architecture Traffic and Transportation, Product Design, Visual Communications Etc. to widen the spectrum of opportunities. Employment prospects for architects remain very good. Although the field of development remain dominated by engineers in government and public sector, the change in attitude to hand over the architects and planners is showing. The private sector , however , is always employing architects to pursue the development programmes. The towns and communities in the rapidly growing areas of the country will be seeking additional professional architects’ help in dealing with urbanisation and population growth. The states and towns experiencing rapid growth will offer opportunities for architects to help new development. Older cities will continue to need architects to deal with growing housing and redevelopment issues. Also with the upgradation of overall economic standards there will be fresh opportunities for architects in the field of building interiors design and decoration.
CHOOSING A CAREER
How do you decide whether you should become an architect ? Some people decide what profession they want to enter while they are very young. A few follow the careers for their parents. Others simply fall in to career. As the training in Architecture takes place at undergraduate level eventually directs your life, one should carefully and systematically decide the career. What should you consider when selecting career? Income ; prestige ; chance for advancement ,amount of time requirement for training in Architecture, life style and geographical location of possible jobs are the factors to consider apart from very basic factors aptitude and job satisfaction. You can find the answers to these questions in number of ways, you can look around at people who hold jobs that seems interesting. How do they spend their time ? Do they seem happy ? Are they accomplishing anything ? What do other people think of them ? What do they think of themselves ? Talk to the people actively involved in the profession. Remember, though, that people tend to justify their own career decisions and it will be hard to get an unbiased sample of Professionals in any field. Another approach is to read about various professions, including biographies of prominent figures in the field and major professional and scholarly journals.
WHOM ARE WE LOOKING FOR
Here is a short profile of the man we are looking for, as a raw material for the discipline of Architecture.