Posted by Matt on February 11, 2003 at 10:13:43:
In Reply to: Re: Advice for Architecture students posted by Brian on January 04, 2003 at 23:27:55:
I have had the opportunity to work in both medium size and small firms for seven years. Recently, I left the traditional office setting and opted for a Construction Management position. I relish being onsite and seeing "it" from another angle. I have completed three large construction projects and can honestly say my pay and my quality of life have both improved. I miss the raw elements of practicing architecture but I do not miss the underpay and pace of it all. I originally left the office setting in order to get some construction experience on an everyday basis and so far I am still here. I may go back to the traditional office setting but for the time being I am learning quite a bit. Onsite, typically the architect is admonished and sometimes for good reason. Other times it is a fundamental inherent difference of what both are trying to achieve. I understand both positions and often feel torn between the two. This has been my experience and here is my advice. Take the time to understand what it is you want from an architecture career. Assess your skills and see what type of office fits them. If it is construction, work towards a construction administration position, if it is design, work in a firm that deems good design above all else. Do your research and put yourself in a position to succeed. If you are happy where you are, the money and quality of life will come. Above all else, have a good attitude, listen to what is being said, form your own opinions and don't dare think you are above anybody else. And......Good Luck!