There is a common misconception among people that architecture is all about designing. It is not. Architecture encompasses a lot more than just designing as we will see shortly. Starting from visualising and designing right up to math, architecture has it all. You may be quite surprised to know this, but architecture is a wide field with several specializations.
Those of you who think architecture is only for those who can draw well or design well, are absolutely wrong about it. If you do a simple google search for a bachelor’s degree course in architecture you will notice how math, communication skills, legal knowledge and other subjects which you may have never imagined fall under architecture, are very much part of the B architecture colleges in India.
Any B Arch colleges in India will teach the basic foundational knowledge for you to either start working or continue with your higher studies with a master. You may be wondering how and where math is implemented in architecture. Numerical skills are very important for an architect. In fact, to an extent, you might just say architecture is all about maths since geometry and advanced algebra play a huge role.
Angles, dimensions, thickness, volume, strength, isn’t all this math? So if you are interested in math you may consider architecture as a potential career as I assure you will have a lot of math to do and solve real world problems.
It goes without saying, creative and designing skills are mandatory for architecture as well. These skills are way more popular than math. An architect needs to come up with unique and different ideas for buildings and apartments, and offices tailored to the client’s choices.
The difference between math and creative and designing skills is that the former can be taught as opposed to the latter. Nobody can teach you to be creative. You need to be inspired and trust the process to teach you to be creative for every project that you land. Another important skill is artistic skills. At one point you may have to draw by hand or use AutoCAD or Photoshop to execute your plan on paper. So acquiring that skill is important for an architect aspirant as well.
There are many more skills that are required in architecture, some of which come only with practice and experience. But one skill that may be one of the most important skills to have is the power to visualise. Visualising a project clearly helps immensely in the execution of it.
The clearer the visualisation the better the execution. It is as though you already have a ready-made plan that awaits execution. Architecture and interior designing and other branches all require you to have strong visualisation skills. In fact, interior design colleges in Nagpur and other cities conduct workshops for you to improve this skill. With all these essential skills you are sure to emerge as a top-notch architect of your time.