- There is a huge scope in architecture as there are constant development and redevelopment of building, houses, roads, factories etc.
- It takes a lot of time to establish oneself as an architect. So, in the the initial years, one has to work long hours with no leaves.
- As this is a physically demanding career with long hours, only a passionate person can be happy in this career. That person needs to love creating and implementing new ideas.
- You get to mingle with rich and famous people, which helps in elevating your social life.
- Work-life balance is not so good. This is an emergency kind of job where the client can call you anytime.
Name – Pramod Kumar
Profession – Architect
Age – 41 years
Gender – Male
Industry – Architecture
City – Greater Noida
Where have you been born and raised?
I was born in Palla. My schooling till 8th class was carried out in Gr. Noida. Then I moved to Muzaffarnagar, UP till 10th class and finally completed my 12th and further education from Delhi.
My father was an industrial worker in JK Company and mother was a homemaker. I have a brother and two sisters.
Who had the most influence on you and how?
My father had the most influence on me. He always motivated me to pursue my passions and enabled me to achieve it.
Please give a summary of your career as an architect.
I first worked under Anil Dutt, an Architect in Hauz Khas Village, Delhi.
Later, I opened my own office in Greater Noida with a small staff and started working on a contractual basis. I’ve been an architect for 14 years now.
Which institutes are best for the education of architecture?
What are the costs associated with the training/education of architecture?
The government aided institutes have a very nominal fee structure. The fee structure of such institutes is between INR 160,000–230,000 for the entire 4.5 years duration.
In the case of the private institute, the fee structure varies from institute to institute and it is around 3,50,000 INR per year.
Scholarships are offered to unprivileged and meritorious students. Government aided institutes also provide scholarships for the top-ranked students.
Is there an exam to become an architect?
Most of the Architecture colleges in India offer education in Architecture at an undergraduate level and students with Mathematics in class 12th are eligible. Preparation for an All India Entrance Exam can be started soon after 10th Class. If you get selected in the entrance, you will get a suitable college of your preference after counseling.
What are the top courses in architecture?
Top courses in Architecture in India are BArch, BPlan and B. Arch in Interior Design. These are five years courses. At postgraduate level, you have MArch, MArch in Landscape Architecture, which is a 2-year course.
What is the range of salary one can expect as an architect?
The starting salary can be even higher than the average Indian salary if the candidate is from the premier architecture college.
Starting out — 3.6 lakhs INR per annum
5 years’ experience — 7 lakhs INR per annum
10 years’ experience — 13 lakhs INR per annum
15 years’ experience — 20 lakhs INR per annum
20+ years’ experience — 30 lakhs INR per annum
Please describe your work as an architect and the work of a typical architect.
Most of my work is in government organizations such as Public Works Department, the Archaeological Department, Ministry of Defence, National Building Organization, Town and Country Planning Organization, National Institute of Urban Affairs, Departments of Railways, Post and Telegraphs, Public Sector Undertakings, Housing and Urban Development Corporation, National Building Construction Corporation Ltd., etc.
Some architects focus on other government organizations or bodies like State Departments, Housing Boards, and Local municipal Bodies.
And some architects focus on private organizations or residences.
My work is to serve as a designer of the buildings. I help clients with my ideas and help them balance their requirements of appearance, budget and time frame.
I usually work for 12 hours a day and practically on all 7 days a week. The only time I’m not working is on National holidays and festivities.
What are some of the positives which would encourage someone to consider architect as a profession?
- There is a lot of creative work where you’ve to play with a number of ideas. You get to think in new ways and be both practical and creative in whatever you do. I create new ideas and things every day which according to me is the best aspect of this job.
- Social life and influence I enjoy due to my profession is an added benefit. Most of my clients are influential and rich people. You get to interact with a lot of high-class people which gives you a good social life and recognition.
- Another positive aspect is the income. Of course, when you’re hired by a rich man, you’d earn big money. Many architects are hired by MNCs and even governmental organizations which provide really great income.
- There is great scope in this career as in this era there is no single big institution or organization that doesn’t need an architect and as the world will progress more, this need will only increase. So even if we work privately, there is great job security. Some companies hire permanent architects as there is always some or the other construction going on in these constantly developing organizations. Governmental institutes hire us on a contractual or permanent basis.
What are some of the challenges that you would want someone to be aware of when considering becoming an architect?
- Your lack of communication and persuasion skills will be detrimental to you. If you fail to appease your client, your credibility could take huge blows.
- Work-life balance is not so good. This is an emergency kind of job where the client can call you anytime. You’ve to be in constant interaction with him/her and make it up to him/her always.
- You need to be punctual and no excuses are accepted by clients. If you fail to respond, you instantly lose a hefty deal.
- Though you get a good income, it does not come easy. You have to work hard and work constantly. Many of your designs/models may be rejected and you have to start over again.
What are the qualities one should have to become an architect?
One must have a strong base in Maths and Physics. A person requires sound communication skills and immense physical stamina to get into the profession of architecture. He is expected to work on a desk as well on the construction site. Excellent memory and sound concentration level, flexibility, patience, team spirit, responsibility, and accountability, etc. It also requires innovative thinking, practical skills, and technological expertise.
What kind of a person would be happy as an architect?
A person who has the passion for novelty gets new ideas, and knows how to implement them would do great in this work. Maths and especially geometry is important for the person to be good at this work. Spatial intelligence would be a great plus point.
Given another choice, what would you do differently as far as your professional selections are concerned?
No. I don’t need to. I’ll be more successful in my career within some more years so there is no need for me to shift careers.
What would be your advice to students or professionals who are just starting their journey on a path like yours?
Practice as much as you can. No one can really call themselves perfect, but practicing helps you achieve near perfection. You get to learn something new every time you practice.
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