Message - Re: LET'S UNDERSTAND:Curriculum for an undergraduate architect

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Posted by  Ralph on March 11, 2004 at 11:59:00:

In Reply to:  Re: LET'S UNDERSTAND:Curriculum for an undergraduate architect posted by Chris on March 11, 2004 at 11:31:23:

Great to hear about the MN faculty-- much to their credit, along with some other schools. It is not so much to teach ALL the knowledge as it is to at least expose, and orient the student to the overall breadth of the profession. As I noted, we all cannot, and do not do everything or everything well. However, the student should be made aware of what the ENTIRE professional effort is about. I contend that we each come to choose a niche for our professional selves-- some design; some teach; some detail; some write specs; some do contract administration; some market, etc. But I sincerely feel and know that the schools need to let the student know about ALL of these facets of the work-- the eventual choice is then up to the student. Wise and informed choices and ancillary academic efforts [electives-- even in other schools/colleges of the same university] can add to the "whole" of the new professional. Now the IDP specifically show the lack of academic time [even at minimal level] directed to the technical part of the profession,and the IDP isn't doing a lot of good in elevating the level of expertise. Hence the offices are very reluctant to hire new grads or interns. Like the old saying [slightly altered]-- "You can't get a job without experience, and you can't get experience without knowing what you should be about and can do to get a job".

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