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Why Finishing School?

Learning on the job is considered the best way of professional development in building industry. Considering today’s complicated projects, employers value versatility with skills and experience. The Young Professionals in current information-savvy world come equipped with many skills and talents. But they lack in experience and exposure; not only work experience but also the exposure to implement their own ideas in practice. In building industry traditionally young professionals are given work and are expected to hone their skills and talent further over the years. They are primarily assigned production work of drawings and presentations. Seldom are they involved in the thinking process, let alone decision making of projects. Financials of projects are out of reach for these young minds! The exposure needed to gain the overall perspective and the experience received by Young Professionals leaves a considerable gap. It takes longtime, sometimes years, to attain such exposure which is so valuable and necessary at the beginning of the career. This gap needs to be addressed to develop adaptive dynamic thinkers, rather than mere work force!



Alternate Angle believes in guiding young professionals in their early years of career, so they can capitalize on their skills and talents and looking beyond design, drawings and presentations. They can contribute to their projects, employers and most importantly to their own careers with not only production output, but also their thought process. Helping them understand their responsibility as a professional will guide them to make informed decisions in their career. The changing environment – technical, legal and financial – has impacted the way business is done in building industry. To be valuable, and to add value to the industry, is a challenge for current and upcoming professionals. Alternate Angle believes in sharing its experience in the building industry with Young Professionals and guide them as they are ready to take the next leap in their careers.

Finishing School Program (FSP)

Academy’s Finishing School Program has training programs for Young Professionals of building industry namely: Architects, Civil / Structural Engineers, MEP Engineers, Interior Designers and Draughtsman. As phase 1, we are launching Finishing School Program for Architects (FSP – Architects)followed by other disciplines. The vision of Finishing School is to create an inter-disciplinary, interactive and a practical training program that grooms thorough professionals for the building industry.

Architecture graduates are creative minds educated in design process, technical aspects and presentation skills during academic course work. As these fresh minds step in the professional world, the challenge is to maintain the creativity while understanding the practical, professional and financial parameters of the projects and at the same time addressing market demand and client requirements.

FSP - Architects focuses on Design Parameters & Development Regulations, Design Development, Inter-disciplinary Coordination, Industry Standards of Technical Drawings, Site Supervision and Quality Control Issues. The program also emphasizes on financial viability of projects, Fees proposals and scale of charges, taxation, liabilities and responsibilities of architects in profession. Professional Communication Skills, Personality Development and Career Guidance becomes integral part of the program to give a focused direction to the Young Architects.

Guided site visits of on-going projects at various construction stages are conducted by the Academy for professionals and students who wish to learn from observation and interaction about the technical procedures and detailing on site. These programs are for 1-2 days and are inclusive of on-site explanation and interaction with the team working on site and project. The participants are provided with project briefs, evolution process and design basis.
Workshops have instruction time and hand-on activities for durations ranging from one full day to two days sessions. They are very compelling and interactive sessions teamed with exercises and experiments to derive conclusions. The methods adopted are varied as per demand of the topic and which are more suited for better understanding and absorption of concepts.
Aspiring students for graduate studies face a tough challenge of choosing an appropriate field from the wide choices of programs given by universities in India and abroad. The decision making is confusing due to lack of thorough understanding of fields. The Academy provides an overview of various fields, available courses and future prospects in each field of study through these seminars. The participants are guided enough so they can make an informed decision as per their interest and temperament.
Fresh graduates often get projects from family and friends network. Although proficient in design and drawings, the young professionals are deprived of guidance related to information such as fee structure, approval process, cost estimation, vendor / contractor selection, tendering and even current practices in Architecture and Construction. The Academy, with its intent to promote best practices, shall provide project-based assistance for these young professionals. The aim is to build confidence of budding architects and simultaneously make them aware of the responsibilities and liabilities in architectural practice.