Thapa also pointed out that the market of architects has increased in the country compared to the past as public, commercial and institutional buildings are being built under the supervision of architects. “Eighty-five percent of construction in the country does not employ engineers. In the 15 percent which use engineers, architects are involved in only a few of them,” said Thapa. But the next two years, during which Nepal will chair the Saarch, is expected to change it as Nepal will lead South Asian architectural movement.
Data shows that 120 architects graduate in Nepal each year. In the past, architects were only used to design “important” government-funded buildings and private houses for the rich. But these days, hospitals, schools and housing projects are increasingly employing architects in the country. According to Sona, architects do not have to stay unemployed these days unlike in the past.
General Secretary of Sona Architect Suman Meher Shrestha said that the organisation is giving constant feedback to the government in its reconstruction campaign and has been stressing on community-led reconstruction based on indigenous designs and using locally-available materials.