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Architects design new buildings and the spaces around them and work on the restoration and conservation of existing buildings.

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Sonal Thanawala

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8 years of industry experience

An accomplished landscape architect, Sonal specializes in Smart City Proposals, Integrated Urban Development and Ecological and Sustainable aspects of development. Previously, she has been involved in planting design work for Parliament House Annexe, Delhi and Pirana Landfill, Ahmedabad. Currently, she is working on projects such as Eco- Resort Basgo, Leh, Ladakh and Alibag farm house Landscape.

KEY SKILLS

  • Excellent visualisation skills

  • Design skills

  • Depth of knowledge

  • Logical thinking

  • Thorough and attention to details

  • Precise

  • Analytical bent of mind

  • Taking initiative

  • CAD

  • Strong technical drawing skills

  • Ability to communicate with a large group of people

  • Managerial skills

  • Budgeting

  • Resourceful

  • Sketching

PROS

  • Interesting and creative field

  • You will pick up skills along the way and will be involved in the actual design

  • Not monotonous - new tasks and challenges every day

  • Providing housing to people

  • Protecting public health, safety and welfare

  • If you become a licensed architect, you become more valuable and are presented with more opportunities

  • You understand the process of site and project analysis, construction techniques, acquiring building permits and controlling budgets

  • Interaction with like-minded people

  • Respected career

  • Greater understanding and appreciation for buildings and other structures around you

CONS

  • Process of becoming an architect is long

  • Challenging and demanding field

  • Increase in salary with increase in experience

  • Time consuming

  • Stressful

  • Very technical

  • Subject to ups and down in the economy

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Civil Engineering

  • Construction Manager

  • Drafter

  • Project management

  • Urban Planning

  • Urban Design

  • Interior and Spatial Design

  • Building Architecture

  • Naval Architecture

  • Landscape Architecture

  • Production Designer

  • Historical Conservationist

  • Structural Engineer

  • Architectural Designer

  • Architectural Technologist

  • Architectural Engineer

  • Professional education

  • Good with technical drawing

  • Like to understand how buildings are constructed

  • Enjoy sketching buildings

  • Like to work with materials

  • Hands on approach to work

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Interesting Facts about the career

Epic Engineering: Building the Brooklyn Bridge

Architecture Was Once an Olympic Sport: During the first four decades of the modern Olympic Games, 151 medals were awarded for music, painting, sculpture, literature, and architecture. Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who revived the modern games and founded the International Olympic Committee, considered art an essential part of the competition. The one caveat: every submission had to be sports-related.


What makes the Great Wall of China so great?

Not all iconic Lloyd Wright designs can be attributed to Frank. Lincoln Logs were the brainchild of John Lloyd Wright, son of the legendary architect. An architect in his own right, John was inspired by the interlocking beams of the foundation below Lloyd Wright Senior's Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.


Why doesn't the Leaning Tower of Pisa fall?

A French Postman Spent 33 Years Building the "Ideal Palace" With Stones He Collected During His Daily Round: French postman Ferdinand Cheval spent 33 years picking up stones while delivering mail—not just any stones, mind you, a special type of hardened sandstone molded by time and water into wondrous shapes. With these stones he built the fantastical Le Palais Idéal, in Hauterives. The building is considered a prime example of naïve art, and in 1969 was designated a cultural landmark.


50 iconic buildings you need to see before you die

The Sims, which debuted in 2000, is one of the most popular video games around. But before it became a life simulator, the original concept had the game working more like SimCity: players would design a house, and autonomous characters would test the design's success.


13 best Architects and their greatest buildings


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