Posted by steveA on March 12, 2004 at 14:49:33:
In Reply to: Re: LET'S UNDERSTAND:Curriculum for an undergraduate architect posted by Ralph on March 12, 2004 at 07:10:05:
Finally a readable thread!
I think the dillema is that the best way to become a facile designer is to go thru the design process over and over again. Schools have a choice: to fill a students time with design assignments forcing a repetition of a process, and therfore an intimate understanding of that process, or broaden the students experience with many of the other activities that architects are involved in. Most of those things can be learned somewhere else (do you really want to spend $30,000 per year toiling over contracts, or title blocks, or specification writing?) . The university is really the only place your going to have a design experience as dense as you have in studio. I would look for a school that placed a major emphasis on design studio, and on those areas that support design: theory, history, and construction technique, in that order. Grad schools are an opportunity to learn a different set of theoretical positions. Many grad schools are places for self-direction... you can chart a course of study that suits your needs.
Of-course, every school will pretend to be well rounded, but how can they really be?
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