Posted by Paul Malo on September 02, 2002 at 20:59:30:
In Reply to: I should have been a bit more specific posted by tjkenney on September 02, 2002 at 20:02:04:
If you're learning all you can about architecture now, you already have the passion. Looking at buildings and analyzing why you like some buildings better than others is the best way of learning--and this sort of learning becomes an investment in the future--because all design really is based upon our experience of what we have seen. The more buildings you see (and remember) the more resources you will have to design with, and you will use these mental images for the rest of your career as an architect.
Next comes design experience. As they say to people who want to become writers, "the way to become a writer is to write." In the same way, the way to become a designer is to design. Begin now, along with your looking at buildings. Design imaginary structures, or cities. It's not mere a waste of time as entertaining fantasy . It's practice. I shouldn't have to tell you to do this. If you have the passion, you are already doing it, right?
If your question is how to launch your career as a practicing architect, that requires a longer answer. Obviously, you have much to learn beyond what you can derive by looking at buildings and designing imaginary projects. To practice architecture, you have to pass registration examinations, requiring evidence of technical skills. Some people acquire this specialized knowledge by working in architects' offices, but it is far shorter to learn this information in schools.
Are you attending a school of architecture now, or thinking of doing so?