Posted by Ralph on March 16, 2004 at 04:56:28:
In Reply to: Re: LET'S UNDERSTAND:Curriculum for an undergraduate architect posted by steveA on March 15, 2004 at 10:35:28:
I agree! Except for the "tech school" part. My view is that ALL achitecture students need to be at least exposed to as many facets of the profession as possible-- all of them would be nice. The student then, with astute advise, should be able to move to the niche she/he is best suited, or where their interest lies. If that is the far-sighted postion-- fine, no argument. But at the same time another studetn will make a different decision, and choose to be a part of the document production, or contract administration fields. Now, as we now practice [and unlike medicine] there are no architectural specialties; architects are architects, despite what their personal niche may be. Yes, some firms practice over a narrow range of project types, but still even they, need a balanced staff to take far-sighted thinking and create reality.
But I ask that the "tech school" not be misleading. No 2- or 4-year technical school produces the level of technical know-how required in an architect's office; they produce, in the main CAD personnel, not creative thinking ARCHITECTS who can "put buildings together" both on paper and in the field.
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