Posted by Peter B on August 27, 2003 at 11:21:33:
In Reply to: Re: Hoping for something a bit more inspiring posted by Willy on August 26, 2003 at 10:34:54:
Architect's less relevant? Paid handsomely?
Willy I must disagree with most of what you say, except I understand your rankling against what seems like the elitism of some architects. I think these are architects who thought they'd all grow up to be FLW and boss people around for big cash.
Certainly the image of pomposity and high design is less relevant.
Architects will make less money, be less of a high-brow class of worker, but be more relevant as time goes on. It's not up to them. More and more, even houses of modest requirements will be REQUIRED to be designed by architects as they are in some states now. Meanwhile all commercial buildings are designed by architects and most houses that err from the most basic design. Or the houses are copied from work by architects--not that this is always desirable.
But architects will only be seen as a part of the team in design and building. Their relative merit or prestige will depend on how they fit in to the team and serve a purpose. Around here architects are well known. They may not be famous the next county over, but here, the ones that dedicate themselves are known and respected in their own community.
As for rewards: As in any industry there are a range of chances for enjoyable or not- so-enjoyable experiences. You have to find your own way. As to money--it has always been a case that there's not much to be made unless you are a principal. You are more likely to make more money by selling insurance to architects or building their designs, if that what you're after.
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