Posted by Jonn on August 11, 2003 at 09:19:24:
In Reply to: Future in architecture? posted by MJE on June 10, 2003 at 20:42:34:
Here's my two cents.
Appreciate architecture for the primitive to the classical to the modern buildings. It's always fascinating.
But you need to be more of a business person these days. Sorry, but that's the reality. 27 years ago when someone was starting out in this field was a different world they were living in.
Now it's more about maneuvering as the previous poster mentioned. When you gotta make a living, this is part of the new reality you need to be good at.
Now what's good for you is, most architects to be spend inane weeks drawing on CAD when they don't even know how to sell their drawings or themselves! Don't rely too much on your omni prof to give you the real deal. Their job is to cover the curriculum since you paid for it.
They're not gonna tell you anything that will make what they're teaching irrelevant. Does studying architecture really need to take THAAAT long 6-7+ years? Cmon, now.
The real deal is found talking to the small architecture firm, so seek them out and ask them some questions.
Like most, I was disgusted when I learned I was sucked into architecture thinking I'd be 'rolling in it' and 'getting all the fame' and everything else I was primed for... because the reality of doing well had to be more business motivated than anything else.
So I left and studied business. Life's too short. If you're gonna be in it for the long haul, accept the reality that it's going to be a long road to being THE architect. If you wanna get involved and fast track, go to China. There's a boom in construction there.
Hope this gets you thinking.
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