Posted by John DeFazio on October 16, 2003 at 07:29:47:
In Reply to: Help! I need advice. posted by dans on October 15, 2003 at 12:41:25:
Do not lose hope or your love of architecture. I don't know why you trailed off in the last two years of undergraduate school, but the lack of quality later year course work, in well illustrated in a portfolio is the first hurtle to overcome. There are good books on portfolio design; get one. Organize your work you have done, and tweak some of the things that "weren't quite finished"; show yourself as you want to be known and understood.
Look for the firms that you would like (love would be better) their work, a firm that you would be proud of being part of, or would even like your own firm to be like someday. Think of what they would look for in a young architect-- what skills, what expertise. Think of how you can get those skills, and develop those talents. Consider going to graduate school to develop those talents, and get those experiences if that maybe the best route. Your new portfolio can help you in that. You may want to find out if anyone it that firm teaches, and maybe select a school based on that. You may want to contact that person to ask how the school is, and express you interest in the firm that he or she is part of, and how you someday may want to work there. (Do not ask for a job. Ask about what they teach, their background, and how they managed to find their way into good office.)
Most of all get back on track. Keep abreast of what is going on in the fields of the profession that interest you the most. Work hard; do as excellent work as the situation allows. Remember what you love about potential of Architecture. Be the best architect you can be.
Being an architect is hard. It is complex, sometimes frustrating work-- and there are easier and more lucrative ways to make a living. But few professions have the potential to enrich people lives as Architecture.
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