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What are personal & professional skills required to be a Architect?

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RE: What are personal & professional skills required to be a Architect?

Deepak Rana
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1. Designing

Design is an essential skills of an Architect. They plan, they visualise, they relate, they select, they discard, they synthesise and develop solutions. The ability to think of creative designs is something that comes naturally or takes some time to develop.

2. Drawing

From simple diagrams to show relationships between spaces and activities to complete detailed working drawings showing every last detail, and from which contractors and sub-contractors will estimate the cost of the work and subsequently construct it. Architects will also draw to explain the design to clients and to supervisory authorities. They prepare three-dimensional models frequently.

3. Writing

They have to be good at their written communication skills. Architects prepare written documentation of their projects, present programmatic analysis, write material for reports and presentations, produce articles for professional magazines and publications.

4. Speaking

The ability to communicate clearly and effectively through verbal communication is also essential. Architects make presentations to clients, discuss design programs and problems and alternative solutions, appear before public bodies and are frequently referring, explaining, teaching and persuading.

5. Calculation

Though the computers do most of the calculations yet the basic understanding of the calculations and how to do the basic maths has to be there in the Architects. They must be able to prepare construction and office budgets; they must be able to understand structural analysis, heat loads, electrical distribution and traffic flow.

6. Management

Architects must manage their design projects from ideas to the complete development/ design/ construction process. During the construction phase, architects carry out contract administration, which includes general review of the work in progress; they interpret drawings and specifications, resolve job difficulties and monitor the progress of the work.

RE: What are personal & professional skills required to be a Architect?

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

Architects are the real cretors of amazing buildings and strcutures. Skecrappers in metro cities would not have been possible without them. While capitalism furthers the growth and prosperity of human race, tall buildings with beautifil designs and glory shows the grandeur. The rebuilding of 'Twin Towers' collapsed in 9/11 incident and other towers and structures shows the real dint of human talent and excellence, creativity and vision.

Required Personal and Professionals Skills:
A person requires sound cmmunications skills and immense physical stamina to get into the profession of architecture. He is expected to work on desk as well as 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. But it is right credentials in academics which matters the most in architecture.

Job Prospects:
Architects can work with construction companies wherein theyare asked to serve as a designer. Initially an architect is expected to understand specific requirements 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 reuiqrements of appearance, financial budget and time frame. Some architects even work independently and earn their livelihood through consutancy fees which entirely depends upon the skills and profile as well as work experience.

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

Architects working independently have ample scope in terms of earning. However, the inherent hazard with independent practice is that the professional udergoes lots of work as he alone has to plan details of sizes, specification and estimates of the cost of the structure,etc.

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