Breaking the Box: Explode out of Architecture School to a Successful Career as an Architect
Chapter 1 - In Architecture School you will learn _______.
Part 1 - Updated January 8, 2017
You gotta start somewhere.
Architecture school is the foundation for your career in architecture. There was a time when you could become a licensed architect without an accredited degree from an architecture school but those times have passed.
One of the reasons I am writing this book is because I believe that architecture school does not adequately prepare students for a career in architecture. Understandably this could be interpreted as an attack on architecture school. In fact, it is quite the contrary. I look back at my time at the University of Maryland Architecture School as one of the fondest periods of my life. This is where my life-long passion for Architecture and Design ignited. Architecture School changed my life.
The challenge is that architecture school is squeezed into a relatively short window. Although it may seem like a life-time, most students will enter the profession with approximately 4 years of studio experience. That is not very long considering that many well known Starchitects did not gain fame until their late 40’s and 50’s.
For that reason Architecture School focuses on the fundamentals of design and provides small glimpses into the many aspects of a career in architecture. Think of architecture school as a Tapas restaurant. You get a little taste of this…a little taste of that. And then you get a big bill at the end!
The professional world of architecture is very complex.
Even within one architecture firm you will find many rolls:
- Architects that focus on design.
- Architects that are project mangers.
- Architects that are code and detail experts
- Architects that focus on Construction Administration.
- Architects that are marketing gurus.
There are many different types of architecture firms?
- Small firms where employees do a little bit of everything.
- Large firms where employees are more specialized.
- Architecture Firms that focus on specific project types such as :Custom Residential, Athletic Stadiums, Hospitals, Museums, Hotels, etc.
- Humanitarian Architects in the Non-Profit Sector
- Starchitects with cool names like Bjarke, Zaha and Renzo
- Forensic Architects that investigate building failures and ultimately help sue architects.
- Jewelry Architects (JK. Other industries appropriating the name architect pisses me off.)
You get the picture?
That tasting menu sounds pretty good now! It would be impossible to cover it all in the short window of Architecture School. This chapter provides a brief overview of that tasting menu.