Message - Re: Are we being "crippled" by visionary professors?

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Posted by  John DeFazio on May 20, 2003 at 05:49:34:

In Reply to:  Are we being "crippled" by visionary professors? posted by Amila on May 19, 2003 at 20:37:11:

Obviously you're not being crippled; your doubt reflects your intelligence as well as your ability to understand your education for what it is... a laboratory for architectural investigations, which apparently you are very good at. But it may by not enough for you, you and your friends may still hunger for something more concrete.

Like always, it is not just what your education is, but what you do with it. It sounds like your attending, (and prospering) at an elite school... i.e.: Princeton, Harvard, Cooper Union, et al. If you are, look at it as a gift. Such credentials will open many doors for your career. But it will matter which doors you choose, and the work you do there. The best and brightest of Ivy elites that I know either went on to teach themselves, or worked for a "star" firm,. Others throw in the towel, and work on "real buildings" for "normal firms". others struggle on their own, trying to become a star themselves or have moved on to another, more lucrative profession... And still others, go on to be pure artists. Follow your heart.

You would find that the debate that you having among your friends is the same that you would find in the faculty lounge. Like your friends, all architecture schools are not the a like. Many schools, (Like where I teach, Drexel University, is just the opposite of were you are; We have a co-op program, where the students work in firms while they learn design, structures and theory. (As a theory instructor, my job is to get overly pragmatic students to think in more visionary ways).

You may want to find a graduate school whose values are closer to where you want to be. Or..

You can find an architect or firm that does the kind of work you want to do. Find out if it is really a good place to be, i.e. is it a (mentally) "healthy" place to work. If it is. and if you still want to work there, work there, and learn all that you can about what it takes to get one of these things (a work of architecture) in to the world. in any case, keep being a student, but now your are your instructor as well. Travel, attend lectures, read. In the end, education is just a long process to get you to think for yourself. Do what it takes t

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