Posted by Floval on September 15, 2003 at 16:22:21:
In Reply to: About to quit architecture... posted by Gabs on August 06, 2003 at 19:32:07:
Hi, i feel all guilty now for encouraging you ;) I see many different attitudes to the career on this forum, and I can actually relate to all of them, both the good and the bad. Ultimately it comes down to what you want to be doing in future years. If you're still young there's no reason why you can't take time out and try other things (though I'd recommend you check you'll be able to rejoin the stream at a later date). You can keep going, become an architect, then STILL go on to do other things after if you want. As Nestor says, there is a passion involved in studying the subject, I can't really quantify it but it is hard to find elsewhere in other professions. Closest I got since would be writing a good computer program, but it's still not the same as seeing a finished building you helped design. I've done 7 years already at University, and would be looking at another 3 (or possibly even 5 if I have to start from scratch) to finish architecture, so don't let another 4 scare ya :)
I'm sure the courses here in the uk have transfer schemes from Architectural technology to the Architecture degree. Not sure how many years they let you skip though. Must be info around on the 'net about it.
When I was a student, I saw Frank LW's long-time assistant who was a guest at the University. I'm embarrassed to say I can't recall his name, I must look it up. He must have been about 90 years old and the first thing he said to the class was "Why do you want to do architecture, why the hell are you here?". Strong words, but it was meant to make us all question our reason for being there, because it's a long road and you really need to love the subject. I imagine even Frank himself questioned it at times. I like to think he used some choice words too :)
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