Message - A passionate young professional Look for an architect mentor

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Posted by  Freespirit on September 05, 2003 at 13:37:06:

I will be a newly licensed architect soon, but I still feel the future of my architectural career is not very clear. Most of the time, I feel I'm wasting my life working, do all the drawing and trying to get permit. The boss keeps the most fun part design to himself. Six years ago I came to USA from China for my master degree, with the dream that I will be able to see the great buildings, and understand architecture better. I never think work is just a way to make a living, otherwise why not change to other more profitable jobs? But it becomes more and more trivial. I don't know where to release my creative energy. I want to go back to china, but do not feel learned enough yet, how do I compete with people who have built maybe ten buildings a year if I don't have any theory or ideas? I visited a lot of great and not so great buildings whenever I have chance. The trip to east coast, make me realize how Kahn and Wright are genius that many other can't compare. But how to get there? What make a design good, just nice detail that meaning nothing? What is behind it that can hold a power to touch people. I'm search for the answer and don't know where to start. How I wish I can have a mentor who can direct me, who have similar dream and like to share his experiences. Should we all have a mentorship that not just the names filed in the IDP form? Thanks in advance for your response.

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