Scopes In India

Career in ArchitectureThe first step towards becoming an Architect in India is clearing the Architecture paper of the JEE held every year . Now let us suppose you cleared it . There are two possibilities :

          a) You cleared it just for the sake of it , and have no interest in this field whatsoever .

          b) You cleared it and have a background knowledge about the field and want to pursue it .

    Note : You may also have to take and clear the NATA (National Aptitude Test for  Architecture) held by COA(Council of Architecture) subsequently, if you  haven’t cleared it yet .

  • If you cleared it just for the sake of it, and you have other options      available for you in other engineering streams, I would suggest you to go with the stream you are interested in . Secondly , if you’ve no other option available and you are resorting to architecture for your career , let me tell you that people who have no interest in design and the specifics of architecture, get easily disenchanted from this stream and feel lost , sometimes leaving their studies after an year and wasting their time and money . It is your call ! You can wait another year and try for the stream you are really interested in .

  • If you cleared it, have interest in and genuinely want to pursue architecture, there are two possibilities :

         a) You attained a rank good enough to get admitted into the top 10 architecture colleges of India . Top 10 Architecture Colleges in India

        b) You are getting a mediocre college for your 5 year architecture degree course .

  • If you get admitted into the top colleges , the type of education you’ll      receive will be sound and technical in approach . The exposure to international/national architecture and its specifics will be maximum , and your approach towards a specific design shall be moulded accordingly . The assignments, seminars and sessionals will surely bog you down , but at the end , when you take up internships or jobs , you’ll feel the importance of better education , as you compare yourself with others .

  • A mediocre college may not have the faculty and/or exposure to provide you with top level education, but the really important thing here is your own interest and dedication in this field of design . You can easily get exposure through various seminars , research blogs and design forums on internet , magazines and journals and study tours .

  • The technical aspect can also be learnt through internships during vacations.There is only one thing to be wary of : A large number of Architecture colleges have been opened recently , increasing the number of students pursuing architecture in India , exponentially . But , a hell lot of them are either not recognized by COA (Council of Architecture), or are too deficient of resources for this stream . Please do a research of the college you are going to take admission in .

  • After your Bachelors Degree Course , there are three possibilities :

          a) You go for higher education .
          b) You take up a job in an architectural firm/real estate company .
          c) You start your own practice .

  • People go for higher education for various reasons . Some of them are:

  a) They are interested in a specific aspect of the field like Urban Design , Housing , etc and want to study further to broaden their knowledge in that specific area .      
b) They want to change streams and pursue planning/management field which is related to the industry . For eg , Construction Management , Urban Planning , etc .  

c) They want to elongate their college life.   
d) They want to pursue foreign education for their quality and brand value . It adds to your resume and in turn benefits you in your personal growth as well as in your job.  

e) They are interested in research and want to publish their research papers in a specific aspect of this field and contribute to the knowledge in that aspect , further pursuing their Ph.D. 

f) They want to teach and need to attain greater knowledge to propagate it to students who are ever inquisitive .

  • If you take up a job in an architectural firm after your Bachelors of Architecture (B.Arch) here in India , you start with a salary of Rs 3,00,000 – 3,60,000 p.a , and get appreciated on an yearly basis . The appreciation percentage depends on the firm you are working in as well as your own inputs. You start receiving a salary of 12,00,000 p.a after 7-8 years of experience . The industry standard I am talking about is specifically of Delhi and NCR region and varies in other cities of India .

If you take up a job after pursuing your Masters course in India , you may get an added benefit of Rs 50,000 – 1,00,000 p.a in your salary.

If you take up a job in a foreign firm after pursuing your Masters in a college abroad, you start with a salary of $ 55,000 – 60,000 p.a with incentives on projects you are working upon . The industry standard I am talking about is of the United States . A colleague of mine is getting a total of about $ 89,000 p.a as a fresher after doing his Masters which converts to Rs 52,00,000 p.a in Indian currency . That being said , the cost of living in the U.S is high and the figures are not objective.

Real estate companies provide you with a lot better salary structure as they are big setups and are into the construction business , and not only the design aspect of it . In those terms , you get appreciated by about Rs 1,00,000 – 1,50,000 to the current salary standard in an architecture firm , whenever you join a real estate company . But , it is advisable to join a real estate company after some years of experience in architecture firms for a better knowledge and understanding of every aspect of a building . Real estate companies do not teach that to you and you are expected to perform there , not learn . DLF , Ireo , Atkins etc are some names .

  • The ultimate goal of an Architect is always to start his/her own firm and design/create the architecture he wants to show the world . One may start a firm at any point of time in his/her life . It is all a matter of getting projects and your drive of starting your own practice. Many people have been known to start their own practice as early as they completed their Bachelors degree . All you have to do is :

        a) Get yourself registered with the COA (Council of Architecture) as an  
        architect and get a license of practice for a specific period of time .   
        b) Get empanelled with the Development Authority of the city you are  
        working in .            
        c) Register a company/firm with the Ministry of Corporate affairs with the
        help of a practising Chartered Accountant (CA). 
 You rise the most in this field with your own practice , financially or fraternally . An architect is supposed to earn on the basis of percentage of project cost / per unit area basis . The standards of architect’s fees vary according to the cities as well as the fame, skill and experience of the architect . Architects may even indulge in the allied fields such as interior design , landscape architecture, etc which adds to the fees. 
An average architect with an average setup brings a turnover of about Rs 1,00,00,000 in an year in India . That too is subjective depending on the drive of the architect and his associates as well as various other factors . Smaller firms earn less and bigger firms earn exponentially more . Firms such as C.P Kukreja and Hafeez Contractor go as high as Rs 100,00,00,000 in turnover per year . And that too is less compared to the architectural firms of western countries. Many architects may also indulge in construction business alongside the design and set up a construction company . They take up projects on a turnkey basis (You complete the project and hand it to the client and all the client has to do is to turn the key to open it ) and earn in bigger amounts on the basis of project percentage.

Conclusion : It is your own drive which guides your growth in this field . You may still be doing a job and be content with the salary you receive; go ahead and become a businessman to earn ten folds; or care less about money and more about contribution to the field through creating masterpieces , researching about new ways to better architecture , providing sustainable solutions for future or becoming famous for a specific aspect/style of architecture you created .

By Sumra Admission