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Career in Architecture

Career in Architecture


Career in Architecture

What is architecture?

Architecture means the art and science of designing buildings and other physical structures. Architects are the real creators of amazing buildings and structures. Skyscrapers in metro cities would not have been possible without them. Remember that it is the because of the creative ideas of some that we have buildings such as the Burj-al-Arab in Dubai, Taiwan 101 in Taipei, Red Pepper House in Kenya and numerous other architectural marvels. It is up to the architect to convert his architectural design into reality and design it such that the structural aspects can be implemented practically.

Architecture as a career

Career in architecture is not only well paying but also gets the creative juices flowing. Architects can work with construction companies wherein they are asked to serve as a designer. Architects design structures and give physical face-lift as well as provide functional utility, safety and economy. The job of an architect is not limited to designing corporate offices; rather they design houses, apartments and colonies, industrial complexes, hospitals, hotels, airport terminals, stadium, shopping and commercial complexes, schools etc. Architects focus on how to make living easy and comfortable for people ranging from lower-middle class to upper-class and offer them housing and shelter with luxury and style.

Skills required

A person requires sound communication skills and immense physical stamina to get into the profession of architecture. He is expected to work on desk as well on the construction site. Excellent memory and sound concentration level, flexibility, patience, team spirit, responsibility and accountability, etc. are some common personality traits which are essential for professional success in architecture and design.

Different Roles – Different Names

• Architect: Literally an architect is someone who has got training from an architecture institute on the planning, design and oversight of the construction of buildings

• Architecture Designer: Architecture designers are the professionals who are involved in designing houses and other small buildings

• Architecture Engineer: These professionals have dual qualification of architect and a civil engineer.

• Interior Designer: Trained professionals can work with interior designing firms offering services in serene interiors, home interior, bedroom interior, bathroom interior, kitchen, furniture designing, etc.


NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) is a national level architecture entrance exam. The test measures the aptitude of applicants for a specific field of study, i.e. Architecture, in areas like drawing and observation skills, sense of proportion, aesthetic sensitivity and critical thinking.

Eligibility- There is NO lower age limit to apply for NATA 2019. The NOTE below may be referred.

Candidates must have passed an examination at the end of the 10+2 scheme of examination with at least 50% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics and also at least 50% marks in aggregate of the 10+2 level examination or passed 10+3 Diploma Examination with Mathematics as compulsory subject with at least 50% marks in aggregate.”

Scheme of Exam-The test is in two parts. A Mathematics & general aptitude test and a drawing test.

• Candidate has to attempt two questions within 90 minutes. The drawing aptitude is judged on the following aspects –
• Ability to sketch a given object proportionately and rendering the same in visually appealing manner;
• Visualizing and drawing the effects of light on the object and shadows cast on surroundings;
• Sense of perspective drawing;
• Combining and composing given three dimensional elements to forma building or structural form;
• Creating interesting two dimensional composition using given shapes and forms;
• Creating visual harmony using colours in given composition;
• Understanding of scale and proportions;
• Drawing from memory through pencil sketch on themes from day to day experiences.

This is test where candidate has to answer 60 multiple choice questions (20 Questions from Mathematics & 40 Questions from General Aptitude). Only one option is correct and correct response will yield 2 (two) marks.
There is no negative marking, but wrong answering will be penalized in case of tie breaking.
NOTE: The pattern & eligibility may change as per the next notification.
The JEE Mains Paper 2 will be conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for admission to B.Architecture and B.Planning courses.
Eligibility- Candidates must have taken at least five subjects in class 12th/ qualifying examination in order to
be eligible for writing JEE (Main) – 2019.
Paper Pattern
Part 1 Mathematics Multiple Choice Questions
Part 2 AptitudeTest Multiple Choice Questions
Part 3 DrawingTest Questions to test Drawing aptitude

Please note that for IIT-Roorkee and IIT-Kharagpur has AAT (Architecture Aptitude Test) through JEE Advance only..
1. SPA (School of Planning and Architecture), Delhi- (Accepts JEE / NATA Scores)
2. IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), Kharagpur – (Accepts AAT )
3. Sir J J College of Architecture, Mumbai- (Accepts NATA)
4. BIT –Mesra, Ranchi (Accepts JEE)
5. Jadhavpur University, Kolkata (Accepts NATA)
6. Chandigarh College of Architecture, Chandigarh (Accepts JEE)
7. JamiaMilia Islamia, Delhi (Accepts JEE)
8. NIT (National Institute of Technology), Tiruchirapalli (Accepts JEE)
9. CEPT(Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University), Ahmedabad (Accepts NATA)
10. Manipal Institute of Technology, Karnataka Accepts NATA)