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Posted by  Paul Malo on October 09, 2002 at 07:08:37:

In Reply to:  future of profession posted by Daniel on October 08, 2002 at 21:04:11:

There's a lot to talk about here. First of all, the degrees are not B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) but B. Arch. (Bachelor of Architecture)and M. Arch. There are two kinds of M. Arch. degrees. One is a first architecture degree, for students who earned a B.A. or some other first degree before they go into architecture. The content of the professional program is generally the same as for students coming directly out of high school, although the teaching is somewhat different, due to the advanced maturity and experience of the students. Both of these are called "first professional degrees." If a student with a B. Arch. continues, he or she may earn an different kind of M. Arch. degree, which we call "M. Arch II" at our school.

If you can afford to get a B. A. in a general liberal arts program before professional studies, it will be a valuable lifetime investment. Many of the more prestigious architectural schools here in the US require a previous degree, only offering the M. Arch. degree.

Regarding the future of the profession, it's here to stay. People always need buildings and we live in a "Kleenex culture" where buildings are replaced frequently. The more important question is whether architecture is for you. I know no rich architects (other than those with family money) but evey architect I know lives comfortably. What's important is that you get personal satisfaction from what yoiiu're doing.

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