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If you are aspiring to become a Master of Architecture, you need to have a set of skills that will help you excel in this profession. Architecture is not only about designing and constructing buildings but also about creating spaces that are functional, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing.

In this blog, we will discuss some of the essential skills that every Master of Architecture graduate should possess and how one can develop them.

What is a Master of Architecture?

Masters of Architecture is a postgraduate professional degree that prepares one for advanced practice in the field of architecture. This degree usually takes two to three years to complete and requires a Bachelor’s degree in architecture or a related discipline as a prerequisite. This program covers topics on architecture basic knowledge such as architectural theory, history, design, technology, urban planning, sustainability and professional ethics. It also provides opportunities for students to work on real-world projects, conduct research and participate in internships.

This degree can open up various career paths for graduates, such as working as a licensed architect, consultant, educator, researcher or developer. Refer to the table below for more information about the M. Arch. degree at Anant National University (ANU).

Course Name Master of Architecture (M. Arch)
Level Postgraduate
Duration 2 years
Eligibility Criteria Bachelor of Architecture with 55% marks
Average Fee INR 2.5 LPA

Essential Skills for a Master of Architecture

To become a successful architect, you need to have a combination of hard and soft skills that will enable you to design and execute projects effectively. Here are some of the essential skills for architecture that you should have or develop:

Technical Design Skills

Technical design skills refer to the ability to use various tools and methods to create architectural drawings, models and simulations. You should be proficient in using software such as:

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
  • 3D printing
  • Revit
  • Model Making
  • Architectural Rendering

You should be familiar with the principles and standards of design, such as geometry, proportion, scale, balance, harmony and contrast.

Technical design skills are important because they equip you as an architect to communicate your ideas clearly and accurately to clients, engineers, contractors and other stakeholders. These skills can also be used to ensure that your designs are feasible, functional and compliant with codes and regulations.

To improve your technical skills as an architect, you can:

  • Practice using different software and techniques regularly
  • Take online courses/workshops to learn new skills and/or update knowledge
  • Seek feedback on your work from peers and mentors
  • Keep up with the latest trends and innovations in the field
  • Participate in competitions or exhibitions to showcase your work

Also Read: What Employers are Looking for in an Architecture Graduate

Creativity Skills

Creativity skills refer to the ability to generate original and innovative ideas for architectural projects. These include:

  • Thinking outside the box and finding solutions to complex problems or challenges
  • Adapting to changing needs and expectations of clients and users
  • A good sense of aesthetics and style that reflects your personality and vision.

Creativity skills are important for a Master of Architecture because they allow you to create designs that are unique, attractive and meaningful. They also help you to stand out from the crowd and establish your reputation as an architect.

To improve these skills, you can:

  • Explore different sources of inspiration, such as nature, art, culture or history
  • Experiment with different materials, forms, colours or textures
  • Collaborate with other creative professionals or disciplines
  • Seek feedback from clients or users on your designs
  • Challenge yourself with new or unfamiliar projects.

Communication Skills

Communication skills refer to the ability to express your thoughts and ideas effectively in verbal and written forms. These are important for a Master of Architecture graduate because they allow you to build rapport and trust with your clients and collaborators. They also help in avoiding misunderstandings or conflicts that may arise during the project process due unclear instructions/ideas. Another example of the use of good communication skills is creating an attractive CV to get noticed by potential employers.

To improve your communication skills, you can:

  • Practice speaking or writing clearly and concisely
  • Use visual aids or examples to support your points
  • Prepare well for meetings or presentations
  • Ask open-ended questions or clarifications
  • Be respectful and courteous to others

Critical Thinking Skills

Critical thinking skills refer to the ability to analyse information objectively and logically. These include:

  • Evaluating different sources of information for their credibility, relevance and accuracy
  • Identifying assumptions, biases and errors in reasoning
  • Drawing conclusions and making decisions based on evidence and facts.

Critical thinking skills are important for a Master of Architecture graduate because they allow you to research and understand the context and requirements of your projects. They also aid you in justifying and defending your design choices and solutions.

To improve your critical thinking skills, you can:

  • Read widely and critically on various topics related to architecture
  • Review and critique your own or others’ work
  • Seek feedback from experts or peers on your work
  • Participate in discussions or debates on architectural issues
  • Apply different frameworks or methods to analyse problems or situations

Teamwork Skills

Teamwork skills refer to the ability to work well with others in a group or team. These include the ability to:

  • Cooperate, coordinate and collaborate with people who have different backgrounds, disciplines and perspectives
  • Share your ideas, opinions and feedback constructively and respectfully
  • Handle disagreements diplomatically and professionally.

Teamwork skills are important for a Master of Architecture graduate because they allow you to leverage the strengths and expertise of others in your projects. They also help you to learn from others and be open-minded.

To improve your teamwork skills needed to be an architect, you can:

  • Join or form a study group or project team with your classmates or colleagues
  • Take on different roles or responsibilities in your team
  • Communicate regularly and clearly with your team members
  • Appreciate and acknowledge the contributions of others
  • Seek feedback from your team members on your performance

Also Read: Strengthening research culture at AnantU


Architecture is a rewarding and challenging field that requires a variety of skills to succeed. By developing these essential skills, you can enhance your professional competence and confidence required for success in the profession.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What skills do you need to be a graduate architect?
    To be a graduate architect, the skills you need to master are teamwork, creativity, communication, critical thinking, and technical design.
  2. What skills should I put on my resume for architecture?
    You should list all your technical skills like AutoCAD, MS Office, Revit, etc as well as your soft skills such as communication, teamwork, attention to detail etc.
  3. What are technical skills for architects?
    Technical design skills refer to the ability to use various tools and methods to create architectural drawings, models and simulations. This includes sketching, drawing, and the use of relevant softwares like CAD, 3D printing, Revit and more.
  4. What is the core skill of an architect?
    The core skill of an architect is the creativity to come up with an idea and the necessary drawing skills (by hand or by software) to communicate to others what they have envisioned.
  5. What are the soft skills of an architect?
    The soft skills of an architect include creativity, communication, attention to detail, and teamwork.