Architecture, as a career prospect, has gained a lot of attention from students who look for courses that can lead to a promising life ahead. The increasing demand for qualified architects, not only in private spaces but also in public spaces at large, many opt for a course in the field.

Specialized institutes founded by the government of India, for excellence in the field of architecture and planning are SPAs (Schools of Planning and Architecture). They are Institutes of National Importance through an act in the Parliament, on the lines of IITs, NITs, and IIMs. Currently, there are three such SPAs, with the MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development) mulling over setting up more such institutes.

1Indian Institute of Technology KharagpurKharagpurWest Bengal
2Indian Institute of Technology RoorkeeRoorkeeUttarakhand
3National Institute of Technology CalicutKozhikodeKerala
4School of Planning and Architecture New DelhiNew DelhiDelhi
5College of EngineeringThiruvananthapuramKerala
6School of Planning and Architecture BhopalBhopalMadhya Pradesh
7National Institute of Technology TiruchirappalliTiruchirappalliTamil Nadu
8Jamia Millia IslamiaNew DelhiDelhi
9School of Planning and Architecture VijayawadaVijayawadaAndhra Pradesh
10Birla Institute of TechnologyRanchiJharkhand
11College of Engineering VisakhapatnamVisakhapatnamAndhra Pradesh
12Anna UniversityChennaiTamil Nadu
13Aligarh Muslim UniversityAligarhUttar Pradesh
14Maulana Azad National Institute of TechnologyBhopalMadhya Pradesh
15BMS College of ArchitectureBengaluruKarnataka