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Masters of Architecture


Architecture is the field or the study of designing and constructing buildings. The course essentially includes principles of making plans, architecture, and design fundamentals.

The Council of architecture (COA) serves as a regulating body involved with education and practice of this profession. Masters of of architecture (M.Arch) course isn't just restricted to buildings however is also involved with designing or construction of Parks, Museums, garden, theme Parks, etc.

Courses & Eligibility

The eligibility  for pursuing the Master of Architecture program is to pass in Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch.) with any specialization. Those who are appearing for the last year B.Arch program is also eligible to apply. The aspirants need to obtain at least 50% in the entrance test. 

Some colleges conduct an aptitude exam and interview rounds for the admission of Masters of Architecture(M. Arch.). The course Fee is approximately Rs. 50,000 to 2 Lakhs depending and varying upon different institutes.

Course Curriculum

The duration of M.Arch courses is 2 years. The program usually divided into 4 semesters. The Course allows students to take up specialization in the chosen area of architecture. Topics covered under each semester is as follows:

Semester I

Urban Design Studio
Landscape Ecology and Planning

Urban Conservation and Practice
Traditional and Contemporary Landscapes
Sustainable and Green Building Design
Contemporary Processes in Architectural Design I
Semester II

Urban Landscape Design
Web Design and Portfolio Production
Advanced Architectural Design Studio I
Contemporary Processes in Architectural Design II
Performance Evaluation of Buildings
Services in High Rise Buildings

Semester III

Advanced Architectural Design Studio II
Sustainability and Energy Conservation in Landscape Architecture
Emerging Practices in Housing
Research Methodologies in Architecture
Architecture and Critical Theory

Semester IV

Appropriate Technologies and Sustainable Construction
GIS Modelling in Urban Planning
Material Conservation
Building Information Modelling
Building Management and Control Systems

Career Prospect

Successful postgraduates of the course find career opportunities in areas such as:

  • Central and State Public Work Departments
  • Urban Development Corporations
  • State Housing Boards
  • Town and Country Planning Organization
  • Department of Railways
  • National Institutes of Urban Affairs and Housing
  • National Building Organization
  • City Development Authorities

Master of Architecture Job positions are as follows:

  • Architectural Technician
  • Building Control Officer
  • Architectural Engineer
  • Architecture Professor
  • Building Inspector
  • Architectural Conservator
  • Architectural Theoretician
  • Architecture Photographer

Pay & Remuneration

A post graduated Architect can earn an average salary of Rs 5,93,093 per year. The more experience you gain in this field , the higher pay scale you can expect. A skill in Project Coordinating is associated with high pay for this job. 

Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.

Famous Personalities

Famous personalities who have done this course are as follows:

  • Álvaro Joaquim de Melo Siza Vieira, 25 June 1933 (age 85 years)
  • Antoine Predock, 1936 (age 82 years)
  • Ben van Berkel, 25 January 1957 (age 61 years)
  • Bernard Tschumi, 25 January 1944 (age 74 years)
  • Christian de Portzamparc, 9 May 1944 (age 74 years)
  • David Magie Childs, 1 April 1941 (age 77 years)
  • Frank Owen Gehry, 28 February 1929 (age 89 years)
  • Jacques Herzog, 19 April 1950 (age 68 years)

Top Colleges in India

Top colleges in india who provides this course are as follows:

  • School Of Planning And Architecture, Delhi
  • Indian Institute Of Technology, Kharagpur
  • Sir J. J. College Of Architecture, Mumbai
  • Birla Institute Of Technology, Mesra
  • Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  • Chandigarh College Of Architecture, Chandigarh
  • Jamia Milia Islamia University
  • National Institute Of Technology, Tiruchirapalli
  • Center for Environmental Planning and Technology University, Ahmedabad
  • Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal

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