Posted by Alissa on June 30, 2003 at 08:42:20:
In Reply to: Should I choose architecture? posted by Edwin Chan on June 22, 2003 at 03:29:23:
I am probably in the best position to give you a negative response. I am a recent graduate, who took a year to find work (using my hard-earned degree, cum laude), and am doing about 10% of what I love about the field. I find myself in a nearly empty office on some nights( there are some people I swear who live here!) and other times I can't believe the projects I have to do 'cause they seem so pointless. Anyways, more back to your point. . .
The fact that you are debating, maybe a red flag or it maybe just insecurity. Architecture is definitelty not a job, you don't leave it at the office and the money is pretty uninspiring, it's a way of life and it rewards are personal. As for the schools that I am familar with the program is tough, and you will question your choice of architecture quite often, most of the people I started with I didn't graduate with. But I digress, again back to your question. . .
The drawing ability is really not so much an issue. It is a tool, and one you will develop and improve. Of course natural abilty is impressive, but you only need to draw enough to communicate your ideas visually, and of course you will do this far less than you will with computers. As for rating yourself on how you would fare in the filed, architecture is very diverse and they are lots of venues to take. You will discover your own aptitude with time and experience, it is not an "art" where you got it or you don't and you can tally up a checklist.
Bottom line evaluate your passion. It's that drive that will get you thru. It's what is still driving me, that and I know that I want to do nothing else I truly love architecture. Good Luck!!
If you go for it, get as much experience as you can before you graduate, even if it postpones(but never prevents!!!) graduation. . it's that crucial.
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