Architectural Education in India

Posted by vijaykumar on May 1st, 2017

Architecture is an evolving field and it involves a splendid combination of science, culture, technology, and design. Though there are thousands of architecture colleges in India, getting an admission to one of the top colleges can be really lucrative for one’s career. SPA, CEPT, IIT Roorkee, and SJCA are among the best colleges for architecture courses in the country and offer unbeatable opportunities to their students. All those who aspire to become architects must try to take admission to one of these colleges and then register themselves with COA to be able to practice the profession.

Architecture is a multi-disciplinary subject that combines science and art, while covering various fields, from spatial design and aesthetics to technicalities of safety management and material management. There are several top-notch architecture and planning colleges across the country; and in fact, some of the top architecture colleges in India are also considered among the best around the world.

A degree in architecture offers students a sense and understanding of four major architectural aspects, including science, culture, technology, and design. It delivers the skills required to create new buildings, keeping all these aspects in mind.

Which colleges to look out for?

The School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) in Delhi is one of the oldest institutes, counted among the top architecture colleges in India,for architecture and planning. It offers two undergraduate courses for architecture and planning. Having some of the most highly qualified and experienced faculty members and a great infrastructure, the college offers excellent opportunities to its students.

The Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) in Ahmedabad is another renowned name among the best colleges in the country. It is a deemed university and offers four undergraduate courses for interior design, architecture, planning, and civil (construction).

The Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, with an equally excellent faculty, great placement opportunities, and an extraordinary infrastructure, stands right next to SPA in the list of top architecture colleges in India.

Finally, another name worth adding to the list is Sir JJ College of Architecture, Maharashtra. It was the first college of architecture in Asia and offers a single UG degree in architecture. One of the country’s premier institutes, this college boasts of the best of everything; from faculty, campus, and infrastructure to great placement opportunities.

While these are the most desired colleges for those who wish pursue architecture; there are several other colleges that offer great study opportunities for architecture aspirants as well. These include:

Name of College/ University


Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Kharagpur, West bengal

Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra

Ranchi, Jharkhand

National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli

Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu

Chandigarh College of Architecture


Rizvi College of Architecture (RCA)

Mumbai, Maharashtra

L. S. Raheja School of Architecture

Mumbai, Maharashtra

Jadavpur University

Kolkata, West Bengal

Jamia Millia Islamia

New Delhi

Manipal Institute of Technology

Manipal, Karnataka

National Institute of Technology, Calicut

Calicut, Kerala

Why take up architecture?

A career in architecture is attractive and can be really lucrative, and it has a lot of potential in terms of development and creative opportunities. Architectural degrees offered by most of the above mentioned top architecture colleges in India are designed in a manner that they fulfill the educational component of professional certifying bodies. An architect’s profession involves quite a lot of travelling and communication with clients, which requires them to be a combination of artists, professionals, and entrepreneurs.

Those who wish to enter the field can take up a degree course in Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch) and then register themselves with COA (Council of Architecture) after the completion of the 5 year course. They also have an option of pursuing advanced courses in B. Arch, like a Master of Architecture (M. Arch) or PhD in Architecture.

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