Posted by Brian on January 03, 2003 at 17:44:35:
In Reply to: Advice for Architecture students posted by Ken on January 03, 2003 at 11:59:53:
Architecture is not a low tech dying art. You imply that the computer somehow supplanted the basic need for bringing holistic thinking to building projects and construction endeavors. You also neglect the societal impacts of the remnants of the work, no matter how humble it may be.
Ken, I presume you practice in a mid to large firm and have been pigeonholed into door detail management or some other Dilbert endeavor, but that does not make architecture or architects irrelevant. You are right that the pay is not great, nor the hours, and no student should be led to believe otherwise, but money is not everything.
Architecture is only a fraction of what a modern building and construction project is comprised of and architects who don't recognize this are ultimately frustrated by their own aspirations and the pragmatic limitations of time and budget. My advice to aspiring architects is to take a business class or two during school, quickly fulfill the IDP and gain licensure and then take a long hard look at where you are and where you might want to be.