Posted by JWmHarmon on May 27, 2003 at 12:40:41:
In Reply to: Re: What Courses to Take in High School posted by David on May 26, 2003 at 12:22:33:
High school students should have a solid knowledge of as much mathematics as possible. Chemistry and physics are certainly advisable. The ability to write and speak well are essential which suggests advanced language and speech classes.
Art classes and drawing are obvious choices. Portfolio preparation is essential.
In general a person should be well versed in a variety of topics and have the ability to communicate well. You will be dealing with people from the most highly educated and motivated segments of society once you begin an architectural career, so it is advisable to be well prepared to communicate with a wide variety of personality types, especially the "movers and shakers" who tend to be the decision makers who initiate contact with the architects.
Consider the example of the "Renaissance man" who was well versed in many areas and specialized in one or a few. Thomas Jefferson was not only an architect, but a political philosopher, an agriculturalist, an educator, a diplomat, an inventor, an eloquent writer, and a prolific record keeper.
The more interests you have the easier it will be to relate to those who have a knowledge of some of those interests.
Remember also, that once you are out of school your education has just begun. Life-long learning will be a requisite skill.
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