Message - Re: Curriculum for an undergraduate architect

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Posted by  BDH on March 06, 2004 at 13:07:02:

In Reply to:  Re: Curriculum for an undergraduate architect posted by steveA on March 05, 2004 at 09:50:32:

Architecture schools are constantly getting criticized for not preparing graduates to work in the real world. The standard cop-out excuse is “We’re preparing students for the last fifteen years of their career, not the first five.” This is weak, academic escapism.

You really need to look at it as a Both/And scenario, not an Either/Or scenario. You have to learn some basic skills so that you can be productive as soon as you graduate. If you graduate and have to learn all your practical architecture skills while working then it will take years before you get to do something meaningful.

At the same time, you need exposure to ideas, creativity, and patterns of thought that set you up for a life of learning and a career as an artist, scientist and explorer. A good school will provide both, and if you don’t feel that yours can, get out. It’s your education, you’re paying for it – take control.

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