Posted by Charles on September 16, 2003 at 08:03:36:
In Reply to: Re: Marketing the Profession to the Public posted by Elizabeth Geary-Archer on September 16, 2003 at 07:44:44:
Please, let's not leap to national standards right off the bat. Each AIA chapter has in its membership firms that design schools, and have access to school "people". Work on that line.
Also, architecture when combined with construction and safety [yes, mention codes!!!!] can be a very good civics lesson. Stress not the gradiose aspect of architecture, but the every-day, how-does-it-touch you aspects. In fact, if truth be known, there could eb a good course [replacing 'senior health', and American government, which deals with all of the professions, and with the every day application of law-- speeed limits, income tax, why must you stay in school, criminal law, etc.
It is the realism and direct application of the topics and their application to Joe and Jane Blow which counts. Not every child will use an architect later in their life, BUT they can know a little more about what we do, and how it effects them. Doing a simple task is not all that daunting. Further the engineers use their Engineer's week to go into the schools and give talks, demonstrations and hold class projects based on their various disciplines. I think it is really a matter of resolve and doing, in lieu of moaning about one's dilemma!
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