How important it is to have sound understanding of mathematics to become a Architect?

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RE: How important it is to have sound understanding of mathematics to become a Architect?

Deepak Rana
Deepak Rana
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Math is essential for the role of an Architect. But how much math do they need to know, it always remains a question. Let's try to answer.

The math skills needed to create or construct a building are not many indeed. If you have ever watched someone build anything, you may have seen them use a tape measurer or ruler. The ability to measure is a basic math skill. It is how an architect communicates the length or size of things we want to build. We must be able to add and subtract these numbers but also must be able to use fractions of these numbers. Today, we deal with measurements that are both the English system and the Metric system. Architects use math to convert between these two systems of measurement. You may also find architects using the many formulas and principles of geometry to create a building.

Think about designing a building. How strong do the walls and beams and ceilings need to be? You figure that out with math, knowing the weights and strengths of the materials. How much of the materials do you need? It depends on the sizes of the walls, rooms, ceilings, all of that is math. Is concrete cheaper, or steel or cinder block? It depends on how much of each you need, what they cost to buy and build. How long will each stage of the construction take, and how can they be planned to overlap to get the building done the fastest? How much does each sq. foot. of the building rent for, and how long will it take to pay off the investment? How will it affect traffic in the neighborhood? How big does the garage need to be to hold the cars of what percentage of the people who work in the building or customers/clients who visit the building?

What about windows? How many sq. feet per wall? 567. How much heat will build up in the rooms because of the windows? That will affect how much air conditioning you need. Also windows leak heat during the Winter so more of them means more heat too. How many electrical outlets do you need? How many amps do you need from the power lines? How many circuit-breakers? How many lighting fixtures do you need? In modern buildings, the lighting system is considered part of the heating system--which is why you see lights on in skyscrapers in the middle of the night when nobody is there.

For big, tall buildings, architects are even concerned with how the wind affects them, how it swirls between buildings. They use computer models for this. Also things like earthquake resistance.

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RE: How important it is to have sound understanding of mathematics to become a Architect?

Rahul Shinde
Rahul Shinde
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Greeting;s for the day!!!

Architects are the real creators of amazing buildings and structures. Skyscappers in metro cities would ot have been possible without them. While capitalism furthers the growth and prosperity of human race, tall buildings with beautiful designs and glory show the grandeur.

The rebuilding of the 'Twin Towers' collapsed in 9/11 incident and other towers and structures shows the real dint of human talent and excellnce, creativity and vision.

Required Personal / Professional Skills:
A person requires sound Interpersonal & Communications skills and immense physical stamina to get into the profession of architecture. He is expected to work on desk as well as on construction site. Excellent memory, and sound concentration level, flexibility, patience, team spirit, responsbility, and accountability,etc are some common personality traits which are essential for professional success in architecture and design. But it is the right credentials in academics which matters the most in architecture.

Candidates with Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry in 10+2 level can only apply for admission to study architecture at the graduate level. Thus to have sound understanding of Mathematics is very important to pursue your career in the fiels of architecture

Job Prospects:
Architects can work with construction companies wherein they are asked to serve as a designer. Initially an architect is expected to understand specificre quirements of clients and strike a right balance between aesthetics and practicality. Additionally, an architect with skills can help clients by his ideas in terms of balancing the requirements of appearance, financial budget and time frame. Some architects even work independently and earn thier livelihood through consultancy fees which entirely dependsupon the skills and the profile as well as work experience.

Most of the jobs in architecture come up in government organizations such as Public Works Department, the Archaeological Department, Ministry of Defence, ANtional Building Organization, Town and Country Planning Organization, National Institute of Urban Affairs, Department of Railways, Post and Telegraphs, Public Sector Undertakings, Housing and Urban Development Corporations, National Building Constrction Corporatio Ltd, etc. While some other organizations of local bodies like State Departments, Housing Boards, Local Bodies for Construction Works, Builders, Architecture Firms, Consultants, etc also hire architects.

Architects working independently have ample scope in terms of earning.

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