The Future of Architects in India

India has many works of great architecture depicted in its rich heritage. A lot of it has been reflected in the designs of people’s homes too in many ways. As society has evolved, so has people’s tastes, requirements and preferences. With each passing decade, there have been new additions to the architecture in terms of looks, styles and many other things.

An architect is the person who in involved in the planning and design of buildings, and oversees their construction and development; so, architects (or an architecture firm/group) will have the expertise to help people create homes (or offices) for people in the way they desire or imagine.

A lot of people already have in mind the features they want in their house or office building, before they hire an architect, while some people need help with deciding on what the best choices for them would be. Architects have played the most crucial role in the development of many popular buildings in India – be it homes, offices, commercial spaces or any other buildings. However, with time, it has been seen that the role of architects has begun to reduce into mere pragmatism and the creativity has somehow been limited to the scope of the instructions given by the client(s).

This places a huge responsibility on the shoulders of the architects who are “in the making” now, to bring in more creativity and also improve the overall structure of cities and villages today in terms of practicality, usability and making the best use of space and resources. Designs and plans need to be smarter

So how do the architects of tomorrow need to think? And what all do they need to work on, in order to improve the state of architecture in India?

Some areas that can be points of focus for future architects are building affordable homes, improved infrastructure facilities, urban development and transformation, slum rehabilitation, and focusing on environment conservation too, and they can do these taking advantage of the skills they have developed in design architecture, structural architecture, urban planning, property development, involvement with disaster management, disaster relief, rebuilding and rehabilitating communities, and so on.

It is now crucial for the aspiring and training architects now to take up the responsibility of making our cities not only “smart” but viable too, because it is up to them to shape the future of development of architecture in India. They need to integrate effective planning (according to the resources and requirement) and the right technology to bring about the “smart” developments in the buildings and projects that they work on.

The requirements and ideas of the customer or audience need to be considered and moulded into a constructive reality that essentially adds to this development. So the budding architects need to keep in mind that their career in architecture should not just be about money but to contribute to the structural developments. Many job prospects are available today for architecture students to choose from; and they need to make the choice consciously, to work with those firms or companies who are focusing on creativity and adding to the structural developments to make our cities (and towns and villages) architecturally better, by striking the right balance between understanding client requirements and conceptualizing designs that are both creative and smart.

There are many architectural firms (both old and new) in India, whose values align with this notion, and which practise sustainable and vernacular architecture, specializing in one or more of the following - Residential, Commercial, Healthcare, Hospitality & Retail Interior Projects, etc. Many of these firms aspire to be a part of shaping the country’s future infrastructure; and a job at such a firm can help any aspiring architect to build not just a successful but also a meaningful career in architecture.

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