Posted by Donald on October 10, 2003 at 14:03:50:
In Reply to: Re: Architecture in Asia. posted by justin Hui on October 07, 2003 at 17:30:55:
I have worked in ASIA (Thailand) and find it to be rewarding as a USA consultant, but would be very difficult to get a liscense there as the requirements for that country requires a complete knowledge of the Thai language, as one must pass the test there in THAI reading and writing! That sort of limits any outsiders from coming over to take jobs from their own people.
To be able work with people of your own language and culture should help give you a leg up on getting past the liscense part.
As for other personal characteristics, how would you measure up to their requirements of the profession in areas such as:
Personal Character - can you meet the demands of those that act as professional advisors?
Human Understanding- Can you work with all kinds of people?
Stamina and Discipline - Do you have self discipline for years of formal education and a lifetime in self education?
Rewards - From your previous posts I believe you will accept intrinsic rewards in lieu of material rewards.
Imagination - Do you generate creative ideas?
Common Sense - Do you have sound judgement?
Enthusiasm - Do you have keen and ardent interests?
Diplomacy - Can you meld your ideas and interests with those of others?
Synthesis- Can you cope with a variety of Details?
Visualization - Can you visualize space, color, texture and SCALE?
Dimensions - Can you judge distances, proportions and visual relationships?
COMMUNICATION - Can you DRAW, WRITE and SPEAK well enough to effectivily communicate your ideas to others?
As improbable as it may seem, the Truely SUCCESSFUL Architect exhibits all these characteristics. To be sure, some were developed following Formal Education, but the aptitudes were there all the time waiting to be revealed by the demands of the profession.
The earlier these characteristics are revealed, the earlier you will know the satisfaction of matching your attitudes, motivations, and aptitudes to the challenges and opportunities of a career in architecture, wherever you want to practice...China would be a wonderful place to start...Good luck or Chok Dee to you as they say to you in Thailand.
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