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    Five Year B.Arch. Courses in IIT : Scope and Description

    46. ARCHITECTURE
    (Codes : G5101, R5101)
    An Architect is a professional who designs buildings and built environments, and acts as the leading coordinator for the entire construction project from conception to completion. Architecture is the “art and science of building” – hence an Architect’s education needs to be a perfect balance between art, science and technology. As an architecture student, one is encouraged to develop one’s creative talents and artistic skills, as well as hone one’s analytical aptitude for building science and technological innovation. The role and importance of an architect in society has been acknowledged since time immemorial, and assumes special significance in today’s world when buildings and spaces serve complex and diverse functions and need expert monitoring and coordination during planning and construction.

    Architectural education equips a student with basic design and visual arts skills, as well as a thorough knowledge of building materials, methods of construction, structural principles and innovations and other related technological aspects of building (like air conditioning, acoustics, illumination and intelligent systems). The student is also exposed to hard-core construction issues such as construction project management, professional practices, specification, estimation and arbitration. There is a strong emphasis on practical training, whereby the student works as a professional apprentice in an established architectural firm for almost the entire ninth semester. The final semester consists of a complete real-life architectural project handled single-handedly by the student which is a true simulation of entire scope of works, responsibilities and liabilities of a practicing architect. On completion of five years of education, the Council of Architecture (India) offers a professional license to the architect for independent practice in the profession.

    The professional opportunities for a graduate architect are diverse. Apart from the option of independent practice or expert consultancy, an architect may gain
    employment in professional consulting or construction firms, private, public or government organizations, as well as pursue higher research and teaching careers. The avenues of higher studies and research open to a graduate architect are also wide ranging. The related research areas include urban design, interior design, landscape design, industrial product design, city and regional planning, transportation planning, environmental planning, heritage and conservation studies, sociological aspects of the human-built environment interface, digital art and visual communication, and computer applications (design software programming, decision support systems and artificial intelligence).

    Candidates desirous of joining the B.Arch. course (Codes: G5101 and R5101) will be required to qualify in an Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT-2012), as given in section 1.9 (Page-4). Syllabus for the Architecture Aptitude Test is given below:

    Freehand drawing: Simple drawing depicting the total object in its right form and proportion, surface texture, relative location and details of its component parts in appropriate scale. Common domestic or day-to-day life usable objects like furniture, equipment, etc., from memory.

    Geometrical drawing: Exercises in geometrical drawing containing lines, angles, triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, circles etc. Study of plan (top view), elevation (front or side views) of simple solid objects like prisms, cones, cylinders, cubes, splayed surface holders etc.

    Three-dimensional perception: Understanding and appreciation of three-dimensional forms with building elements, colour, volume and orientation. Visualization through structuring objects in memory.

    Imagination and aesthetic sensitivity: Composition exercise with given elements. Context mapping. Creativity check through innovative uncommon test with familiar objects. Sense of colour grouping or application.

    Architectural awareness: General interest and awareness of famous architectural creations - both national and international, places and personalities (architects, designers etc.) in the related domain.
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