Akanksha Thapa, Principal Associate, Studio Archohm

Akanksha Thapa is an architect with a keen interest in architectural research and publications. She began her career at the presidential residence Rashtrapati Bhavan, as a research architect and moved on to become a project manager. Currently working as a principal associate at Studio Archohm, Akanksha has dabbled with architectural design, branding, publications, awards and pitching. Since joining Archohm, she has worked as a project head for Dtours India, a design and architectural travel venture by Archohm, worked with the design village as an outreach and design head for the institute which was founded through a collaboration of Indian and European designers and has worked on a plethora of research, curation and marketing projects for both organizations.


The rapid development of new-age-technologies and its blend into the profession of architecture appears to be having an extremely brilliant future with plenty of potential outcomes. In the last few decades, the rapid pace of urbanization in India has uplifted the demand for infrastructural development. The AEC (Architect, Engineering & Construction) Industry is witnessing a boom with a high employment rate and a promising future in India and around the world. This fast-paced progress has also suggested the requirement of a rightly-trained skilled workforce in the infrastructure sector to keep up with the continuing influx of technology in staggering numbers. From 2021 through 2026, the architectural services market is expected to reach a CAGR of 4.5%.

A career in the AEC industry is desirable to many people who aspire to be employed in this Industry. All you need is an analytical mind, superior communication skills, a knack for numbers, time management, approaches for managing changing priorities on tight deadlines, and an eye for every detail. Candidates also need to have a range of practical exposure, industry-based skills for survival in the fast-paced and ever-changing world of design and construction.

Studying architecture doesn’t simply apply only to the resources of working in an architectural firm but you can also have your career in different sectors such as the industrial sector, Real estate, Construction, Education, Design, or as an independent practitioner. In society, architects are highly respected for creating mind-blowing buildings, skyscrapers, and monuments. Candidates who are willing to follow this path, make sure you consider acquiring new skills like 3D modeling, BIM management Software, sketching/presentation skills for presentation drawings, 3D rendering, or CAD experience.

New era New Innovations:

To use renewable resources more efficiently, there is a need for eco-friendly architectural practices. Technology and construction advancements require new thinking brains, that can come up with more sustainable solutions for construction. There is a change in the drive of customers’ demands for eco-friendly and sustainable building. This is powering the change of collaboration of new working methods with technology. Worldwide, architectural methods for construction projects are constantly evolving.

Sustainable Architecture:

Sustainability in design, which is often termed as green design, is a vast field to minimize the negative effects of the construction and development industry on our environment. It restricts the adverse impact of construction by improvising skills and maintaining equilibrium in the usage of materials, energy, and improvement in space. For that perfect yin and yang balance, the built and unbuilt has to deal with the synergy of energy efficiency and environmental protection to achieve sustainability in design. This is to ensure that our exercises and decisions today don’t control the odds of individuals later on.

Many leading architectural practices of the world advocate the principle of sustainability in their practices to safeguard environmental change. One such devotee of sustainability is Norman Foster, Foster’s practice establishes the fact that the structures devour a full 50% of all the energy they produce, in addition to causing half of the world’s fossil fuel byproducts, so draftsmen should assist with changing these numbers. Foster and his partners are presently planning Masdar in Abu Dhabi, a zero-carbon, zero-squander city. The world’s first such element, Foster says Masdar will set new benchmarks for future feasible urban areas.

It is a long-lasting Reward:

Being an architect can be a hard and addictive profession, especially around deadlines. Experiencing different types of customers from different backgrounds is both humble and overwhelming. Architects help in shaping the imaginations into reality and building projects which a layman can’t even think of. Looking back on life and thinking about the different projects one architect had built can make them feel proud.

Future of ACE Industry

Artificial intelligence and machine learning- We are encircled by the information storm, and we simply need canny machines to figure out everything in the AEC business. Virtual intelligence and AI are changing plans of action in each industry as of now. In a construction project, AI can create better alternatives and choices and further develop dynamic ideas surrounding it. Post the construction, AI can likewise be executed for undertakings to help lifecycle, project management, and maintenance also.

Each organization working in the AEC business in India today is managing a baffling arrangement of difficulties that innovation can assist them with settling. There is many cloud-based information-driven answers for contemporary issues and utilizing them sharply can change the foundation area and the economy at large.

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