Message - Re: Curriculum for an undergraduate architect

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Posted by  yo on March 05, 2004 at 01:34:53:

In Reply to:  Re: Curriculum for an undergraduate architect posted by IIT student on March 04, 2004 at 21:45:07:

I went to Notre Dame. We focused on classical Greco-Roman, Beaux Arts architecture for the first 3 years, culminating with a junior year in Rome. The last 2 years we were free to create whatever expression we wanted, but we had to sell it.

All my 5 years there, we focused on the art of design. Painting, drawing, designing, philosophising.

To get my 1st job, I had to take an AutoCad class at a community college.

After I was out for 3 years, and got a strong dose of what architectural practice was all about (ie, a lot more AutoCad & construction documents than I ever imagined) I was upset at my school for not teaching us more practical skills.

Now that I've been out for 10 years, I am grateful I had those years of pure design and artistic expression. It's invaluable, because that kind of time is precious. I now think those years provide my best foundation as a real Designer (as opposed to someone who just churns out walls and brings home a paycheck.)

I think it's important to take school for what it is. It's a chance to develop your thinking, explore, and sharpen tour discipline.
The key is to enjoy what you have, and create what you can while you are there. Meanwhile, get some internships so you know what to expect when you graduate.

School could not possibly be a representation for the "real world." It's a cocoon. What's better about the real world, is that it is REAL. Eventually your ideas will not be discussed, but built.

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