Message - Architecture's no joke! What vague future!

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Posted by  William on January 25, 2003 at 09:29:40:

Hello... I'm a first year student in a Malaysian college, hoping to continue by studies in Melbourne.

After enrolling, I kept thinking if I was making a mistake. My family is not wealthy, and architecture is such a long and expensive course. Still, I chose this field because of my immense interest, not only in the designs, but also in its history and building processes...

However, the prices are really hefty... And after reading most of the posts below, I find that the future of architects are very very vague. In fact, there are very little people taking architecture in my college. Most of them are in the QS stream. And already, I can see some architecture students starting to loose their confidence and drop off one by one. I'm worried about my future...

Perhaps in 6 years time...

I can be a potential architect that no one sees. Perhaps my designs are all subdued by the client's desire to cut costs? Perhaps I'll be a wandering artist that gets no pay?

I know that it's always better to look on the bright side of things, but the future constantly worries me. As the computer generation grows to engulf the world... I feat that the art of building will be replaced by complex mathematical formulas embedded inside microchips... And the steady hand of an architect is replaced by the palm of an engineering clicking away at his mouse...

The Gugenheim Museum in Bilbao was built not using the curves of Frank Gehry, but a sophisticated computer program...

Perhaps there will be a time when this debated art will be appreciated by people again?

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