Message - Re: A passionate young professional Look for an architect mentor

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Posted by  annoyedwithoveratedarchitects on January 04, 2004 at 10:03:08:

In Reply to:  Re: A passionate young professional Look for an architect mentor posted by VINOD MAKHESANA on September 08, 2003 at 20:11:39:

Funny, Its a situation many people come up against in this industry.. I myself abandoned Architecture 2 years after graduated for a new (more lucrative) career in IT/Telecomms.. after being labled (CAD Monkey)

Having now spent the last 3 years in a different industry altogether, I can now look back at my training, and the Architectural world with a different viewpoint..

It stikes me that the so called "greats" of Architecture and many other artists alike are nothing more than a heavy old case of the "emporers clothes". Whats more it keeps many journalists, writers and critics in a job who continualy bring out new books about Le Corb, FLW, Mies Etc Etc..

As young eager minds we are taught to think we can never aspire to the brilliance of these "untouchables". I have been to some terrible buildings by the so called great Architects.. I have also seen some terrible paintings..

Having left the industry for precisley the reason you write.. My advice to you would be to try somthing new for a few years... then you will appreciate two things about architecture:

1. A sense of being part of something productive
2. A feeling that the things you directly affect peoples lives whether in a good or bad way..

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