Posted by steveA on August 04, 2003 at 12:32:46:
In Reply to: help me choose career...opinions needed posted by help on August 03, 2003 at 13:20:06:
You didn't say why continuing for the Masters was not a good option. Are you now disenchanted with the profession? Sort that out first.
Of the options given, I guess I would lean towards no. 3. No. 1 is somewhat bogus. You will have to be a draftsman for many more years before you would be qualified to take the exam, all the while as a "second class citizen" and probably being limited in your responsibilities and pay check. If you ultimately rely on other architects in other states to stamp your work you would be promoting unethical practises that could land your counterparts in some trouble.
No. 2 assumes also limits what sort of projects you can be involved in, and sounds more like business than design. On the other hand it is potentially much more lucrative. No. 3 is interesting. Landscape architects are often on the front end of any design initiative, particularly in urban and suburban settings. They have quite a bit more control over the built environment than most people realize. But it seems to me whatever disadvantage there is to the MArch route, you also have with the landscape route. Cost, time, simmilar job prospects, similar approach to work, etc.
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