The profession has potential that has not been realised as of now, writes G.V.Prasada Sarma
Architects’ advice is being increasingly sought and the profession has potential that has not been realised as of now. Though the role of architects in the real estate sector has been growing, the demand for the course is not picking up proportionately, says architect B. Bhaskara Rao.
For big projects people here are looking forward to architects in the metros and for mega projects in metros the services are sought from abroad, he says. But the rural areas and municipal towns also have tremendous potential, he says.
“Even for construction in an 80-square yard site, people are asking for advice,” he says. With the penchant for good design, better construction and doing up the home in style growing architects have better prospects. Also, the pressure on land has made the optimum utilisation of space a necessity.
Mr. Bhaskara Rao, who is executive director of Varaha College of Architecture and Planning, says of the 830 who qualified in the National Aptitude Test for Architecture (NATA) only 630 applied for counselling and 530 attended. Thus the number of seats- 1,120- is more than that of the aspirants.
He favours the earlier practice of conducting test for architecture as a part of EAMCET and then holding a separate architecture test for those qualifying in EAMCET so that more students will opt for it.
Architecture being a highly competitive field those who completed it are generally plumping for private projects. He recalled that the design of Sivaji Park was awarded after conducting inviting entries from architects and payment of fee. On the other hand, various State and Central Government departments also have posts of architects.