7 Reasons Why You Should Study Architecture





Architecture is the art and science of designing buildings and other physical structures.

Architecture is about the making of places where people spend their lives. Architects are not just concerned with the exterior and interior design of a building, but the environment as a whole. Architecture is mostly about human beings living in a “better” way then before. Social sciences and psychology is as important as nanotechnology and sustainable materials…

Study Architecture

Study Architecture

There is an important questions that needs to be asked. Why study Architecture in the first place? What are the merits of choosing Architecture as a career over other professions? And what could be the compromises and trade-offs an Architecture student might have to make to achieve success?

Here are the 7 reasons that could convince anyone to take up Architecture as a profession…

1. An Architect is a sort of an inventor. Like an inventor who goes about making and designing new gadgets, you go around designing new buildings. Architecture is a very satisfying profession You’ll get a tremendous sense of delight after your concepts on paper transform into real buildings. You’ll know the joy of creation in this field of Architecture…

2. A course in Architecture is a lot of fun. Unlike traditional colleges where you must slog yourself in study halls and libraries, reading and writing all the time, a course in Architecture gives you the liberty to use the right side of your brain, the creative part. You get a lot of opportunities to showcase your creativity and ingenuity while designing structures.

3. Architecture is a very high paying field. Once you get through the course and pass out with good grades, you’d be pursued by large firms looking for fresh talent and new ideas. And compared to most other fields, Architects make a lot more money.

4. It is easy to define Architecture but the word has far deeper meaning than it implies. While you study Architecture, you get to study various fields of human endeavor, including Art, History, Material Science, Physics, Engineering… anything and everything that can help improve the living environment of human beings. It is the most diverse subject you can find. And yet, this field attracts the most creative and romantic minds in the world.

5. The work of an Architect one of the most challenging and enjoyable imaginable. Every building is different. Every project is different. There is absolutely no monotony in life. The thrill and the challenge of work is exhilarating to say the least.

6. If you’re the kind of guy (or gal) who likes to work with his (or her) hands, then Architecture is the right profession for you.  In Architecture study course, you get to work with your hands. Its not just about reading and writing all the time, but you must have a hands-on approach on many assignments. Building scale models, making surveys, talking to people… its a very active field.

7. Architecture may sound like a 9 to 5 office job, but its not. Its a lot more than that. Even as a student of Architecture, you get to work on real-life problems of designing functional buildings. If you like to hit the road every now and then, you’re in for some luck. In this profession, you get to travel a lot. You have to put your feet on the ground, and visit construction sites.

Counter-Argument

Times Online in UK has published a very thought-provoking and interesting article about the perils of choosing Architecture. It is titled Who would want to be an architecture student? A very interesting read indeed.

In that article, Tom Dyckhoff has laid down in detail the problems faced by architecture students after they graduate. Architecture is a high profile field. We see the symbols of architecture everywhere around us. It is a “cool” career choice. But there isn’t enough demand for Architects. Due to the current housing recession, salaries have dropped, and they are considerably lower than those in the Medical or Dental fields.

It is true that architecture students work very hard to get that “edge” over others. They work day and night, often with little sleep, just so they can design the best project portfolio. But it doesn’t really pay off. Life of an architecture student is hard.

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  1. #1 by Safa on July 27, 2010 - 9:06 pm

    i’m about to finish year 12 and i want to study architecture in college but i’m not good at art.. would that be a problem?
    if i don’t get into architecture i plan to get into forensic investigation. but if being bad at drawing is not a problem then i will consider architecture as my career.

    • #2 by BenzuJK on July 27, 2010 - 11:12 pm

      Hello Safa,
      More than being good at handy work like drawing, you have gotto be a creative person. If your drawing is not good, but if you are a really creative and imaginative person, then this is the career you should go for. You can cope up with the design problems if you are good at computers. But good sketching does help a lot. It really is very important.
      So, All the best ! And choose what you really think you are interested in and would want to pursue for your entire life… :)

      • #3 by shashank on June 6, 2012 - 12:25 pm

        Hello everyone …

        i m doing my b.arch fro nit jaipur . After my graduation i want to opt for mba . can architecture students opt for mba prog.. please guide me . hope for a positive response ,thanks in advance

        • #4 by BenzuJK on June 7, 2012 - 10:39 am

          Hello Shashank,
          Architecture students can opt for MBA after graduation but that would take you out of the field. Architects opt for MBA for two reasons:
          1) They no longer want to practice Architecture
          2) They want to make use of management skills in Architecture which could include (time and finance management)

          It depends on your perspective of how you would want to make use of it. IN my opinion, it would be better for an Architecture to go for Masters in Construction Management rather than MBA.
          Take your decisions wisely so that it keeps your career on the right track.
          All the best!
          Cheers :)
          BenzuJK

      • #5 by Aofia on December 8, 2012 - 5:26 am

        Hi, I’m 15 and i’m really interested in architecture and would like to pursue it as a career, can you tell me what subjects i have to study in school for that? Also, i really want to study in UK but i’ve been told that architectural courses arent that good there, is that true? If so, what is the best place to study it?

  2. #6 by wuigi on September 10, 2010 - 11:00 pm

    Hate to break it to you but this is absolute bs. Entry level architects only make around 25k on average and at these tough times, it is VERY difficult to find a job. Major in Structural Engineering instead.

  3. #7 by Brianna on September 25, 2010 - 6:23 am

    im abt 16 yrs old turning 17 and im taking up bs-architecture….

    well, yes its very fun to study architecture. I passed my major subjects like theory of arch., design, visual techinique, graphics… but there is only 2 subjects that im afraid that i failed and that is math (college algeb and trigonometry) i know its part of architecture but i think i will fail my course.

    btw im now a freshmen college.

  4. #8 by Priscilla on December 9, 2010 - 7:01 pm

    Im about getting into architecture… and i loved reading this but it also comes into my mind, if i would find job quickly enought after i get graduated…
    what do u think??

    • #9 by BenzuJK on December 12, 2010 - 8:24 am

      Hello Priscilla,
      Architecture is an intense and amazing field… But right now, the present picture is pretty grave. The construction market is pretty much tight and new freshers in Architecture have been finding it very difficult to settle with a good job.
      But if you are exceptionally talented and good at design, noone can stop you from reaching the top…
      All the very best of Luck!!
      Cheers :)

  5. #10 by reinhard on December 10, 2010 - 7:22 am

    archi is sweet.

    • #11 by BenzuJK on December 12, 2010 - 8:25 am

      Hey Reinhard,
      Architecture is truly an Amazing and a terrific field…!!

  6. #12 by Mary Brown on January 3, 2011 - 10:06 am

    Avoid at all costs if you plan to work in the UK as the job of an architect is poorly paid, extremely dull, totally insecure and is the only profession I know where people to get excited about securing a job working for the council! Noone uses architects anymore, even in boom times – house builders just repeat the same awful, shoe box designs over and over again that were knocked up by a technician. Choose anything else as architecture will just depress you if you have any brains at all. Try computer programming – it’s a lot more interesting and creative. Or, like the other chap said civil engineering. You have been warned (I wish I had).

    • #13 by le on September 22, 2012 - 6:48 pm

      Yes, the best creative people find architecture too restrictive and end up doing fine arts, and living life in poverty. Life is sad for us super creative individuals who prefer freedom and autonomy as opposed to be “guided” by managers or having to take into account suggestions from clients who have no artistic abilities. The banality of architecture is for either super creative people who are way too IDEALISTIC, and become crushed or dull as they age. Or those who wish they were creative, learn design elements and have talent in buisness. The second type of person does well in architecture in this modern day.

  7. #14 by mahek.qureshi on February 25, 2011 - 8:27 am

    hello ,
    I’m mahek qureshi i am in sci fyjc nw..i want to b an architect as i am very good at art.i am a certified ar.i am creative and i like to make things in my own way and i hate making things common.i am confused that which field i should choose under archtectue?
    plz help me!

    • #15 by BenzuJK on February 26, 2011 - 5:01 am

      Hello Mahek,
      Since you are really excellent at art; Architecture is a great field for you… I am sure you will also be good at little bit of calculations… If you are, then you will very well be able to cope up with the subjects in Architecture.

      Well, choosing a field under Architecture would come after you are done with your B.arch. There are three categories in B.arch degree from which you could choose one:
      B.arch (Regular) in construction
      B.arch in Landscape Design
      B.arch in Interior Design

      The choice of selection of the category under Architecture is up to you…
      All the best!

      Cheers,
      BenzuJK

      • #16 by p.karthik on September 12, 2011 - 7:31 am

        hellow this is karthik , from csiit institute it is hyderabad ,if u take id , landscape , regular , upto three years we have same subjects ……in 4rth year the subjects will change ,,,not only the art can make u as a architect, it is totaly the creative field ,we should do our job not for the sake of money ,, i f money is the mater in any field we can earn ,the one only architecture we can help to our enviorment and globle warming …. i dooo , u ?

        • #17 by BenzuJK on September 15, 2011 - 4:58 am

          Hello Karthik,
          What you are saying is absolutely correct. That is why I say, a person who is creative and has the passion for being an Architect can only accomplish something great in life. As a matter of fact, money is very important in life. It is not everything but ofcourse it is a lot of things. That’s entirely a different discussion.
          We are looking at Architecture with a creative perspective where people could learn, teach and invent….!
          I wish you all the very best for your career as an Architect…!

          Cheers :)

  8. #18 by sina on March 6, 2011 - 7:53 pm

    i have b.sc math and i love art.i want to hav 2nd degree,i love arch but d issue of unemployment is another thing. Is civic eng or surveryor get well paid?

    • #19 by BenzuJK on April 4, 2011 - 7:24 am

      Hello Sina,
      If you are really creative and want to do something fun and interesting in your life; then you should go for Architecture…!
      Its an amazing field!

      Cheers,
      Benzu

  9. #20 by angelito on April 3, 2011 - 2:54 pm

    diosssssssssss pero que les pasa a algunos de ustedes solo pienzan en ser asalariados o empleados de alguna empresa con esa carrera la carrera de la arquitectura es la que mueve al mundo,,, nosotros somos los que constrimos al mundo,, no piensen solo en ser asalariados,,, piensen grande piensen mas alla de ser los arquitectos de una empresa y tenga su propia empresapueden empesar en el sertor de asesoramiento vamos piensen en grande despues o antes que se graduen,,, vamos,,,

  10. #21 by Rose on April 4, 2011 - 9:47 am

    I’m fifteen and becoming an architect is looking like the best career choice for me as I really love how varied the whole career is. I’m an all-round person in my studies. However I’m pretty worried because although I’m good at art, math and am interested in architecture, I don’t think that I’m very creative at all. Do you think that I should still be an architect? And could you please suggest other career choices similar to architecture for me to take a look at either way? Thanks

  11. #22 by animatue on April 13, 2011 - 7:36 am

    i luv creativity but i nid to get a well paid job to satisfy my family nids 2mrow. so architecture and quantity surveying which is better now?

    • #23 by BenzuJK on April 24, 2011 - 5:06 am

      Architects can make a lot of money after they get popular. Quantity surveyors get heavy salaries if they join a good company unlike architects. If you are a creative person then you should go for architecture because that is the field you would love to be in and if you are only interested in making money then probably you will have to struggle lesser. Its upto you to decide. Whether you would want to take up something that you love or go for something only to make money…

      Cheers :)
      Benzu

  12. #24 by jasa Desain Grafis on April 16, 2011 - 8:56 pm

    thank you, your writing has provided much enlightenment for me …

  13. #25 by sajad on May 4, 2011 - 1:11 am

    hi, i want some picture about architecture, can you help me?

  14. #26 by Anuja on May 23, 2011 - 4:59 am

    I’m fifteen and becoming an architect is looking like the best career choice for me as I really love how varied the whole career is. However I’m pretty worried because although I’m good at art, math and am interested in architecture, I don’t think that I’m very creative. Do you think that I should still be an architect? And could you please suggest other career choices similar to architecture for me to take a look at either way?

    • #27 by BenzuJK on May 23, 2011 - 8:01 am

      Hello Anuja,
      I am glad to see your interest in the field of Architecture… If you are really good at Art, you will learn to be creative if you are not…
      This particular course arouses the creative genius hidden inside an individual… And I am pretty sure, this career would prove to be a good one for you.

      I don’t think there are any other careers that are similar to Architecture… But if you are looking at careers that involve lot of drawing and painting and other arts then you would rather go for Fine Arts.

      All the best of Luck! Take care.

      Cheers:)

  15. #28 by reeshabh on June 13, 2011 - 6:00 am

    is it important to get a degree to become archetect.I have 10 project self designed…

    • #29 by BenzuJK on June 25, 2011 - 8:55 am

      Hello Reeshabh,
      It is necessary to get a degree in Architecture if you want your projects to be executed legally…

  16. #30 by Shira on June 26, 2011 - 10:21 am

    Hi, I have a BA in Anthropology and am considering learning either Interior Design or Architecture. There is a course at the Technion for BA-holders that will give me a certificate in Interior Design after 4 semesters of 2x/ week meetings, which means that I would still be able to old a job (I’m 34).
    I would love to learn Architecture but I can’t learn higher math – would this be a barrier?
    There are many porly-designed apartments here in Israel, and I am constantly re-designing them in my head, so I think Architechture or Interior Design would be a good choice for me, as they are careers where I could use my creativity and also earna salary. What do you think?

    • #31 by BenzuJK on July 6, 2011 - 10:41 pm

      Well Shira, if you are creative enough, then probably you should go ahead with your decision to enter Interior Designing… That would definitely be a good choice for your career.
      All the best!

    • #32 by Suzan on September 6, 2011 - 1:52 am

      Shira hi
      I’m in Israel too and am struggling with the same question. To do interior design or go for the tougher route- architecture. I too am awful at math and am terrified of physics. But I constantly think about building design and how much nicer things could be. I already do occasional interior design work- though I’ve never studied- and realize I have a lot more to learn. What did you decide in the end? Where did you study?

  17. #33 by Brandao on July 3, 2011 - 7:10 pm

    Well I must say that a lot of things said here are BS. “A course in Architecture is a lot of fun.” – Wrong! After some weeks, you will find that you lost all your free time, when the rest of the world and students still have a normal life, because u will have to expend extra time doing scale models,drawing plants by hand with ink (first and 2nd year my college imposed this!). When all other students has normal study time during year,some months before exams…u must work all year, every day or you wont accomplish any project since u have to deliver so many things every day !!!Your work must be updated every day to show to your teacher…that’s hard as hell!!!Goodbye cinema,dating and dinners partys!

    Architecture may sound like a 9 to 5 office job – I WIsh!!!! There are no hours for architecture, most of them work all day…4am still working thinking sketching, and then 8am…work again! most of architects are sleeping 4h a day or 6… Even after 5pm…u take the work home! Bahhhh!!!

    Architecture is a very high paying field – BS!! Here in Europe,a fresh archictect doesnt get payed, and if it gets…only 450 euros = 653dollars..and If u think its unfair…man, u know the way out because there are thousands that want that money. And after 5 years working…maybe…1000 euros = 1453dlls
    U can only dream if u study in Holland or UK since the salary after college and internship, and if you are good goes to 3500 euros = 5085 dlls

    If I knew this before…dam for being an architect!!!

    • #34 by BenzuJK on July 4, 2011 - 12:24 am

      Relax man!

      “Architecture is fun if you are really passionate about it. No doubt it requires lot of hard work and dedication. It’s a field for creative people…!
      But I must say, “that truly was a grim picture of Architecture you have presented!”

  18. #35 by jong on July 6, 2011 - 2:56 am

    You are “cool” Benzul. You truly inspired individuals who wanted to be in architecture…keep it up! I wish I was optimistic as you are during my college days. Thanks for being so passionate about our profession, wish you have an enjoyable thesis defense to come.(you said you will grad on 2012)

    • #36 by BenzuJK on July 6, 2011 - 10:34 pm

      Thank you so much for the compliment Jong!Much appreciated!
      Cheers :)

  19. #37 by Anonimity on August 1, 2011 - 2:57 am

    Hey!
    I have an offer to study Architecture at SAP,Chennai and also at Oxford Brookes,UK. Which one is better? If i get a BA(hons) from UK , can i work at India also? or will that affect my pay (cause its a BA and not a BArch degree)?

    • #38 by BenzuJK on August 1, 2011 - 5:12 am

      Hello,
      Both are pretty good options. If you study in UK, it depends on what course you are opting for. If it is just Bachelor of Arts and has nothing to do planning and designing, then it would not be possible for you to practice in India as an Architect. But if you go for a course related to Architecture…like for example, Architectural Technology in UK, you would probably be able to work in India.

      All the Best!

      Cheers:)

  20. #39 by John on August 6, 2011 - 6:53 pm

    Hello, I’m a Currently entering my Junior Year in High School and I’m super Interested in Architecture. I’ve built small Home Models the past 2 years and i loved the whole process of drawing it then building it. It was actually an Art assignment and i got the highest grade from my class and from then on i just loved the fact of becoming an Architect and seeing my own drawings becoming a reality. What I’m struggling on is My Math Skills which is a big Negative into Architecture. I repeated Algebra 1 for 2 years and now I’m taking Geometry during the summer to get into Algebra 2 my Junior year, So what I’m trying to ask is, Is Architecture the right thing for me ? Even if i don’t really do good in math but enjoy the drawing and building ? And what are good advice for me to reach my Dream in Becoming an Architect ? Thanks a lot and sorry if i wrote too much.

    • #40 by BenzuJK on August 8, 2011 - 8:48 am

      Hello John,
      You really are skilled and creative in Arts. You can definitely opt for Architecture eventhough you are a lil poor in Mathematics. I am sure you will cope up with it. We have couple of subjects in Architecture which involve some calculations to be done. Once you become an Architect, the ball will be in your court. There is struggle in every field and so there is in Architecture.

      Once you become an Architect, all you would need to know would be the basic calculations and explore your creativity through your creative designs.
      In my opinion, you must definitely opt for Architecture as your career. And don’t worry about Math. An Architect does not have to be a genius in MATH. I am sure you will do great!
      All the Best!

      Cheers :)

  21. #42 by MN on August 20, 2011 - 2:22 am

    hey!
    i just did my inter n have applied in the indus valley school of art and architecture for architecture!
    but there is no one tht is encouraging twards this field although im very passionate abt it n my drawing is really good!
    is this fieldtht hectic n tough?

    • #43 by BenzuJK on August 22, 2011 - 12:54 am

      Hello,
      Architecture truly is hectic and tough but also enjoyable if you really have the passion for it… otherwise you would feel it is too much of work when you would start comparing how much you have to work and how much your friends work when pursuing graduation in any other course.
      Architecture is a creative art. And creativity takes time. It feels wonderful when you have finally designed your first project at college.

      But let me tell you something. Colleges in India impose lot of unnecessary things that are not really related or important for an Architecture student. But since you dont have a choice, you should be ready to take the boredom if you want to feel the excitement of creativity.

      All the best!
      Cheers:)

  22. #44 by Saptarshi on August 21, 2011 - 7:10 pm

    I really want to pursue a career in architecture. I am about to finish schooling and at this moment when many career options come to tour mind, this is the one that’s continuously haunting me. I am a student of pure science and it would be good if you tell me the requirements to get into a good college of Architecture in India and which are the best colleges to study architecture?

    • #45 by BenzuJK on August 22, 2011 - 12:59 am

      Hello Saptarshi,
      If you are a pure science student, then how come you are planning on pursuing Architecture…??
      Well if you are then you should have these three things:
      1) Good grades in College (Mathematics – very important)
      2) A little passion for Creative work
      3) An urge to work hard

      One of the best colleges to pursue Architecture in India would be SPA, DELHI.

  23. #46 by bita on August 23, 2011 - 10:29 am

    hi
    i am iranian and i am an architecture student in tehran university of iran
    i have some question a bout your refrence for standards of interior design and architecture data(we use neufert and time saver in iran)
    i have q resaerch and i need your information about this matter so much
    please help me and contact me whit email

    • #47 by BenzuJK on August 27, 2011 - 3:43 am

      Hello Bita,
      You can ask any question you want regarding Architecture, Engineering and Interior designing. We shall discuss every query you have. Also, discussing your queries on the blog will help other people too. And anyone who has adequate knowledge about the answer to your question would also participate in the discussion. Answers from different people will help you gain more knowledge and help you understand the subject in depth. Go ahead and tell us what question do you have…We shall try and answer it to the best of our ability.

      Cheers:)

  24. #48 by bita on August 28, 2011 - 9:04 am

    tnx
    we used “neufert” and “time saver” in iran for standards of design.i want to know which book u use in india in university?and i want 2 know for design of especial space(for standards and architect data of them) like hospitals,offices,hotels and ……. do u have any refrence like book,ebook or any thing els….
    [email protected]
    this is my email and i cant wait any more
    can u answer me a little faster?

    • #49 by BenzuJK on August 28, 2011 - 11:11 am

      Hello Bita,
      Neufert and Time savers standards are used in India too. These two books are referred by architects worldwide. So, just stick to them and follow the standards.

  25. #50 by Ry.. on September 9, 2011 - 11:53 am

    hi
    wel i really want 2 study architecture bt da prob is i took Accounting,Economics and Maths in my Alevel wel i had Art in my olevels n m really good at it.
    So, do u think i should look forward studying Architecture(coz i really want 2 b an Architect)
    :)

    • #51 by BenzuJK on September 11, 2011 - 1:59 am

      Hello,
      Since you have taken up Mathematics as your subject in your Alevel, you can go ahead and pursue Architecture as your profession. It wouldn’t be a problem at all.
      All the best!

      Tc.
      Cheers :)

  26. #52 by aljaamiabloomberg on September 12, 2011 - 3:06 am

    Hi i’m in grade 11 and busy with a project where i’m busy with a project on my career and the one thing i would like to go and study for is Artitect, but i don’t know where to start the only thing i can tell you is that i know maths is very important in this career. can you help me with this project pleasse or guide me through this. thank you for your giudance and good website it is very educational. this is my mother’s email address at work but you can send your answer to it. My name is mogamat saligh bloomberg and i attend Garlendale high.

    • #53 by BenzuJK on September 15, 2011 - 4:51 am

      Hello,
      I shall surely help you with your project. Give me the details of what exactly are you working on.
      Cheers :)
      Tc.

  27. #54 by Arghavan on September 20, 2011 - 9:54 am

    Hello ,
    I’m an Iranian student and i’m currently studying my 12th year .
    I’m very good at math but there weren’t any Art lessons provided in Iran so I haven’t taken Art since 7th year. I’m going to apply to UK and i do love architecture But I don’t know much about art.

    • #55 by BenzuJK on October 11, 2011 - 4:51 am

      Hello Arghavan,
      Don’t worry about Arts. All you need right now is the passion for the field of “Architecture”. You will get to know everything once to get to the University. Always keep the curiosity factor alive in you while pursuing Architecture.
      All the best!
      Cheers :)

  28. #56 by natalie on September 21, 2011 - 11:57 am

    after finish college , i need how many year to graduate architect in university? what kind of Math I’ll learn?

    • #57 by BenzuJK on October 11, 2011 - 4:48 am

      Hello Natalie,
      Graduation will depend entirely on the University and country you are studying in. It will require a minimum of 4 years for your Architectural graduation. You have to be well versed with Mathematics. You will get study about design of RCC and Steel structures which involve calculations and is similar to the subject Physics.

      All the best for your future! Choose wisely. :)

  29. #58 by sheila on September 26, 2011 - 3:31 am

    hy, u r realy passionate about architecture, that is great. i want to do it bt then again am not sure because it sounds lyk it will be work and no play. i love drawing and design, i don’t want to pursue a job whereby it is not fun, damn! something to do for the rest of my life, i want to have a social life

  30. #59 by birdy on September 26, 2011 - 10:23 am

    hey firstly i’ld realy apreciate u fo creatin such an inspirin blog fo us !
    i’ve jst done my inter, m creative , good in arts and a science studnt n want to choos architecture as my profesion… m jst terrified at d thot of 5 yrs bachlrs whn al ma othr friends wil graduat in a 4 yr tymin… =s btw i wantd to ask if its a gud “gal’s” field, if v can cope up wid da tuf job afta grad ? =] thnx
    tc chao

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