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Top Architecture Careers

Architecture: The art or practice of designing and constructing buildings. Completing a degree in architecture might be a long process, but it is also wonderfully rewarding. “Architecture is the only art that you can’t help but feel. You can avoid paintings, you can avoid music, and you can even avoid history. But good luck getting away from architecture.” - Philippe Daverio, Humans of New York.

Top Careers in Architecture

1. Interior Architecture

What these Designers do: Interior architects specialize in designing and building interiors for safety, functionality and aesthetics. It is important to not only understand the durability and strength of building materials, but also be skilled in the use of light, color and textures in a space.

Work Prospects: Freshers can earn an average salary of Rs. 5.7 lacs p.a.

Recruiters: D Decor Exports, Godrej Properties, Oberoi Realty, Unitech, etc.

2. Landscaping

What these Designers do: A landscape designer creates attractive & functional outdoor spaces for homeowners, businesses, schools and other organizations. Like the job of an architect who builds houses, a Landscape Designer’s job is all about planning. They plan where trees, walkways, and water should go, what type of plants should be planted, etc.

Work Prospects: Freshers can earn an average salary of Rs. 5.7 lacs p.a.

Recruiters: WEBE Design Labs, Green Valley Landscape, Four Leaf Landscaping, Greenstar Landscape, etc.

3. Green Architecture

What these Designers do: Green architecture is an approach to building that minimizes harmful effects on human health and the environment. The "green" architect attempts to safeguard air, water, and earth by choosing eco-friendly building materials and construction practices.

Work Prospects: Freshers can earn an average salary of Rs. 5.7 lacs p.a.

Recruiters: Made in Earth, Space Design Consultants, Dustudio, Mozaic, etc.

4. Exhibition Space Design

What these Designers do: Exhibition designers are responsible for the design and layout of public, trade, and industry exhibitions, museum displays, galleries and local businesses.

Work Prospects: One can work with Interior Design Firms, in-house design teams of museums, Event Management Companies, etc. Freshers can earn an average salary of Rs. 4.5 lacs p.a.

Recruiters: CS Direkt Events & Exhibitions Pvt Ltd, Black Pepper India, Designing Labs, XOX Design, etc.

Emerging Careers in Architecture

The field of Architecture is continuously growing; It is no longer sufficient to know only the basic traditional careers before making a decision. This list of rather new careers along with a brief explanation of the lesser known fields will inform you of the available options before you select one.

1. Set Designing

A Set Designer is someone who is in charge of designing and creating sets for films, television, and theatre. Contemporary works like Padmaavat and Disney musicals, etc. rely heavily on innovative set design

2. Cartography

A Cartographer is someone involved with the scientific, technological and artistic aspects of developing and producing maps. If you have an interest in details and want to combine your design, technology and geography skills, consider becoming a cartographer.

3. Environmental Planning

Environmental Planners test and analyze natural resources for environmental risk and are responsible for developing short- and long-term plans for land use in urban and rural areas while balancing considerations such as social, economic, and environmental issues.

4. Conservation-Restoration

A conservator-restorer is a professional responsible for the preservation of artistic and cultural artifacts. Conservators possess the expertise to preserve cultural heritage in a way that retains the integrity of the building or site, including its historical significance & aesthetic. Conservators tend to specialize in areas like archaeology, furniture and wood, historic interiors, metals, stone and wall paintings etc.

5. Urban Planner

As a result of a rapidly growing percentage of our population moving into urban areas, the conditions of urbanism are constantly in a state of flux. The dynamic state of the urban environment makes it an exciting path to take as an architect, covering everything from economic and demographic changes, to sustainable development. It’s an essential responsibility within our profession, but a challenging one; it requires adaptability and problem solving on a large scale.

6. Restoration Architect

Our societies’ heritage and history as presented through architecture are not only beautiful glimpses into the past, but also crucial to understanding our culture as a discipline. Conservation and restoration of buildings is undeniably a challenge; it is never possible to please everyone. The media often targets the act of restoration as a "heritage massacre," in spite of the often very beautiful solutions.

7. Research Architect

With the current wave of digital design and constant advancement of digital tools, our methods of representation and expression are changing dramatically. Information technology has had a profound impact upon architecture that is far from over. These constant improvements are in part made possible by the exciting research being done by architects, not necessarily consisting of designing buildings, but focusing more on how these new tools can enhance our work.

8. Lighting Architect

Light has a profound impact on our mental and physical health, as anyone living at high latitudes can empathize with. Delving into the architecture of lighting entails improving the quality of our experiences, our health and well-being, and the sustainability of not only the natural environment, but also smaller spaces such as our work environments.

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