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Architectural Engineering

What is architecture engineering - B.Arch or B.Tech (Architecture)?

  • It is the specialized area of engineering where the professionals of this field do planning and designing of buildings and structures. 

  • They make designs as per the need of the clients, aesthetics of the place, environmental effects, the sustainability of the building or structure, safety management, material management, and the most utilization of the space. 

  • It is a multidisciplinary profession with high demand in the market. They work as an advisor to real estate developers, civil engineers, and interior decorator specialists. 

What are the jobs and responsibilities of an Architecture engineer? 

  • Creating designs for the new construction projects 

  • Remodelling and restructuring existing projects 

  • Advising civil engineers, interior designers, graphic designers, and other professionals related to construction and real estate development projects. 

Can I study this course?

You need to have Physics, Chemistry and Maths & take the JEE (Joint Entrance Exam) Main 2.

Where can one study architecture engineering in India? 

The best institutes to study B.Arch or B.Tech (Architecture) are as follows: 

  • School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi

  • IIT Kharagpur

  • IIT Roorkee

  • IIT Kanpur

  • Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mumbai

  • National Institute of Technology, Kozhikode

  • National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli

  • Chandigarh College of Architecture, Chandigarh

Some popular institutes for architecture engineering study are as follows: 

  • Balwant Sheth School of Architecture, NMIMS, Mumbai

  • Manipal University, Manipal

  • Architecture and Planning, MANIT, Bhopal

  • RV College of Engineering, Bangalore

What kinds of personal skills are required?

  • Intense interest in construction engineering and designing

  • Creative, imaginative, and analytical skills

  • Good communication skills and willingness to work with a team of professionals who might have differences in opinions

  • Good organization skill that includes administration, team handling, and management, estimation management, etc. 

What are the major subjects taught at the undergraduate level? 

Following are the main subjects taught in the undergraduate courses of architecture engineering:

  • Architectural design 

  • Architectural graphics

  • Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD)

  • Construction-related mechanical and electrical systems 

  • Material management and material strength testing

  • Elementary structures 

  • Estimation process 

  • Physics, Chemistry, and statistics 

What are the top job profiles?

Following are the top job profiles for architecture engineers right after completing a UG course:

  • Building inspector

  • Project Manager

  • Project Architect 

  • Consultant Architect 

  • Technical expert in Architecture Engineering 

  • Construction Estimation Consultant 

  • Site inspection 

  • Researcher 

  • Lecturer in a college or university 

What are the career prospects in India?

After completing a bachelor’s degree (UG course), students can opt for:

  • Students can appear for NET exam and PhD for research work.

  • New professionals can find jobs in different sectors like Government and Public sector units such as town planning departments, housing, and urban development corporations, municipal development authorities, etc. 

  • In the private sectors like real estate development companies and construction companies, 

Novel professionals can also find jobs in the following sectors as well:

  • In universities and institutes’ architecture research projects

  • In the position of lecturers and professors of different universities and institutes

How much do architects earn in India?

  • Average entry-level salary – Rs.256,003

  • Average early level salary – Rs.304,728

  • Average mid-career salary (5-9 years experience) – Rs. 612,864

  • Average pick career salary (10-19 years experience) – Rs. 1,208,048

  • Average late-career salary (20+ years experience) – Rs.1,831,257

(Source:, Salaries are per annum)

Who are the top recruiters? 

Top recruiters in this sector are as follows:

  • National Building Construction Corporation Limited

  • Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited 

  • Larsen & Turbo

  • Jindal Construction  

  • C.P. Kukreja Associates 

  • Hafeez Contractor

  • Kembhavi Architecture Foundation

  • Christopher Charles Beginner Architects 

  • Manchanda Associates 

  • Architecture Brio 

  • N.M. Roof Designers 

How to prepare and what are the study material and books available?

  • Mock tests available online

  • NCERT syllabus of class 11th and 12th

  • Consult your seniors (who have already given such exams) for guidance

  • Previous year question papers

Some popular books are O.P. Tandon for Physical Chemistry, P.Bahadur (G.R.Bathla & Sons) for Numerical chemistry. Concept of Physics by HC Verma (Vol 1, Vol 2); Problems In General Physics by IE Irodov. IIT Mathematics, M.L. Khanna; Trigonometry, S L Loney; Calculus & Analytic Geometry, Thomas & Finney.

Interesting facts

  • The architectural wonder Empire State Building is designed with 10 million bricks. 

  • In Japan, we could see the “houses of rice skin”. The houses are made with bricks made of hulls of paddy and specially formulated paste.