Determining the direction of future architectural intuitions and architects will provide the guidance for the development of architectural profession and education. As far as architectural profession is considered, growing economy creates sufficient employment opportunities for architects; architecture is considered a profession for elites in India. A local contractor still designs most houses or small projects. The region’s population, economy, and standard of living play an essential role in architectural employability. So the analysis of past and present population statistics of institutions and architects in India and future population developments can play a crucial role in planning for the survivability of the architectural profession. Subjective projections about the future of the architectural profession and education can be described as “wild guesses” and abstain from a rigorous systematic and methodological approach. They depend mainly on feelings and intuitions and, at their best, can only reflect impressions on future tendencies. The objective projection method, i.e. quantitative approach of collecting data and applying a quantitative method to obtain a projected result, is used here. The number of institutions and vacancies from 2008 to 2021 are analysed through trend extrapolations shift-share method. This research paper also finds the corelation between the number of architects in states with per capita income, foreign direct investment literacy rate, and unemployment ratio.
Pashmeena Vikramjit Ghom is Research Scholar who works at the Department of Architecture and Regional Planning from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. She has more than 16 years of academic and industrial experience and her research interests and architectural studies include contextual design, design education, integrated design, children and the built environment, regional and vernacular architecture, Smart villages and Smart cities.
Abraham George is Professor and currently heads the Department of Architecture and Regional Planning in the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. He holds three Post-doc fellowships including a Fulbright Fellowship from Cornell University. He has more than 30 years of academic experience and his research interests include Architectural Anthropology and Cultural Studies in Architecture, Age-friendly design and planning, Culture and Heritage Studies, Pedagogy, Print, Media, Graphic Design and Semiotics in Architecture.