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Posted by  steve on September 11, 2002 at 12:57:35:

In Reply to:  College Studies posted by James Bialczak on September 11, 2002 at 06:51:33:

This is a big question that will require some honest self-examination. If you are sharp, passionate, artistically inclined , but not without quantatitive abilities you might want to consider architecture. But realize you have to love it, or you will either fail, or become a poor architect.
However, there are scads of architects out there who have none of the qualities mentioned above, and they are happy, but I think they might just as well have been engineers....or accountants. Certain schools emphasize design at a rather "theoretical" level....primarily the private schools, and don't always produce the most useful graduates, at least not right out of the box. State schools seem to produce well rounded folks who are often very adept managers (as public institiutions state schools have more of a fixed agenda). The highest level practitioners out there (from my qualitative perspective) however, seem to be graduates with Masters degrees from the Ivy Leagues....and a couple other elite schools. They're not necessarily better educated, but usually much better COMMUNICATORS, which is a quality you should understand about yourself before deciding where you want to go. Do you enjoy the company of people? Can you work collaboratively? Can you verbalize your feelings? There are a lot of successful mid-level architects who don't communicate well, but it is my belief their growth potential is limited.
'Hope I haven't offended anyone with my bias, but this is my view after 18 years or so of practise in the north-east U.S. .

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