Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cooperative Education

First off I just want to thank you for what you do. When I was deciding on attending architecture school , your book really answered and prepared me for what was ahead in my path! You are a very valuable resource to the architecture education process and the profession itself. I really wish there were more people in the world like you.

I have researched this before, schools that have co-op requirements within their education programs, but can no longer find a comprehensive list online. Do you have any resources that can point me in the right direction?

As internships are such an integral part of the licensure process, it's a shame that many schools are not more helpful in acquiring them.

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First, thanks for the kind words; you are exactly the reason I do what I do.

Unfortunately, I do not know of a comprehensive list either of architecture programs that either require or have cooperative education programs.  I will do my best to provide such a list but I make no promises that it is comprehensive.







Rochester Institute of Technology - Candidate Program

This list will get you started, but do not limit yourself to programs that only require coop.  Some programs will offer work related experience.

Also, regardless of where you attend, tap the resources of the Career Center and the faculty to ensure that you gain career related experience while in school.

Best.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Healthcare to architecture/construction

I want to start a new career in the field of construction and architecture but my background is in healthcare (MD) in the UK. Having already spent many years in school I have been looking for a role in construction administration assistant / assistant to architect to gain some work experience and be sure of my path before enrolling for something like a graduate masters degree in Architecture. 

I wonder if you can suggest any other resources for getting into a career in this field? Where can I start to gain the skills required for these roles (e.g. building design software and basics in construction, building codes)? 

Thanks!
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My direct expertise is in the process of becoming an architect so I am not sure how much assistance I can be for entering either construction administration or assistant to the architect.

With that said, I would do an assessment of your skills that would be transferable to the field of architecture and construction.  As for developing direct skills needed, you may consider returning to education.  For the specific software, there are a few online training website - lynda.com and black spectacles.

I cannot speak for the UK, but aspiring architects in the U.S. must participate in IDP - Intern Development Program which is the experience component of becoming an architect.  One resource is the Emerging Professionals Companion -http://www.epcompanion.org -- It is a great resource to learn what is needed to become an architect.

I would also contact professional associations in the field - RIBA in the UK or the AIA in the US.

I hope this is a start for you - BEST.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Architects and Beyond: Career Opportunities Abound

Architects and Beyond: Career Opportunities Abound

This past Friday, my colleagues and I (see below) presented on the topic of careers beyond architecture at the AIA Convention in Chicago.  From all accounts, it was a success.  Attendance was almost 200 attendees.  After a brief introduction to the topic, each of my colleagues presented on their own career paths in architecture and beyond.  Afterwards, we let the audience do the same in small groups.

After additional information and resources, we opened up the session to comments; it was a healthy conversation that all agreed that a degree in architecture was good preparation on a number of career paths in the discipline and beyond.


Session Description:
Architects and Beyond: Career Opportunities Abound will provide insight on the myriad of career paths one with an architectural education can pursue.  Learn directly from others in careers beyond traditional practice and apply what you learn to you own career path.

Alan Brangman, Lee Waldrep, Ashley Clark, Megan Chusid

Too late!

It's not uncommon for people to make career changes late in life, but pursuing a career in architecture at my advanced age might not be practical. I'm 53. I've spent my career as a graphic designer and advertising copywriter, but I desperately need a change and architecture has always interested me.

Am I crazy? What sort of realistic time frame am I looking at? Are there lower level positions, such as draftsman, that I could get into more quickly and begin earning a living in the field? Any advice and/or additional references would be appreciated.

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First, as one who helps students/individuals pursue their "dreams," I say it is never too late.  With that said, pursuing the path to become an architect is a long road.

Assuming you already had a college degree, albeit it in another discipline, the Master of Architecture will be 3-4 years. Afterwards, you must complete IDP - Intern Development Program, the experience portion of becoming an architect that requires 5600 hours working under the supervision of an architect; on average, graduates take between 3-5 years to complete.  Once you have education and experience are able to take the ARE Architect Registration Exam; again it takes on average between 1-3 years to take and pass the 7-part exam.

Thus, it could take from 7 - 10 years before you are a licensed exam.  You might say that becoming an architect in 10 years is too old, but do know that Philip Johnson, one of the most influential architects of the 20th century became an architect at 39 years old and practiced until his death at 93 years old.

As you suggest, there may be many employment opportunities within the building industry that you could do sooner and be satisfying.  In fact, many larger firms may have graphic designers on staff.  

You must also look at why you need a change.

As for references, visit ARCHCareers.org and obtain a copy of Becoming an Architect, 3rd Ed.

Best.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

NAAB and Becoming an Architet

Dr. Architecture:


I have a few questions in mind. I am a little perplexed when my parents ask me what I want to become. I want to become an architect. The only problem is that I dont know which college or university to take admission in. I reside in India,and I study in class 12. I read about this in NAAB. I wanted to know what is it about and which colleges in Asia are registered with it..

Thank you
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First, congrats on your pursuit of becoming an architect.  

Next, NAAB is the National Architectural Accrediting Board -- (http://www.naab.org).  As you can read from their website, they accredit architecture programs in the U.S.  In addition, they maintain a list of accredited programs with websites for you to research.

Unfortunately, they do NOT accredit programs outside the U.S.

An additional resource for you is Becoming an Architect, 3rd ed. -- Again, it is written for becoming an architect in the U.S., but it may still be useful.

Becoming an Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design - 3rd Edition


Best.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Neuroscience to Architecture - Path?

I have a bachelor of science degree in neuroscience and I wanted to know if it was possible to pursue a masters in architecture with that degree. Would I have to go back to finish undergraduate coursework or can I jump? 
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As you have the equivalent of an undergraduate degree (BA or BS), you may directly pursue a Master of Architecture (typically 3-4 years) for those that have a degree in another discipline. I do not have an exact number, but about 50-60 institutions offer such a degree in the U.S.

NAAB is the National Architectural Accrediting Board -- http://www.naab.org. They accredit architecture programs.

Thanks!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Becoming an Architect, 3rd ed.

It is official!

Becoming an Architect, 3rd ed. is now available.  Below is the description as listed on the Wiley website.

A note of appreciation to those that helped; now, get your hands on your copy and provide feedback via this blog or via Amazon.
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Becoming an Architect will inspire future architects, career consultants, and human resources professionals alike, providing all the information you’ll need to make intelligent decisions about careers in architecture.” —From the Foreword by Helen Combs Dreiling, FAIA, 2014 AIA National President
Starting a career as an architect is an exciting prospect, but it's important to do your research before you take the plunge. The third edition of Becoming an Architect is an update to the best-selling guide and highlights the risks and rewards on the path to a career as an architect. You'll find new insight and tons of helpful resources, as well as a complete outline of the trajectory of an architect's early career, from higher education through internship and licensure. More than thirty-two new interviews and profiles from architecture students, emerging, and established professionals give the resource a truly personal feel, and help get you acquainted with real-life scenarios from architects from varying backgrounds and specialties.
With a highly accessible approach, this guide provides a complete overview of the profession, including educational requirements, design specialties, registration requirements, and the paths of a career in architecture. Whether you're a high school student, a college undergraduate, a career counselor, or a human resource professional,Becoming an Architect offers much-needed advice and information to anyone interested in career development for architects.

http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118612132.html




Sunday, April 13, 2014

Types of Architects

Hello I am a sophomore in High School. I want to enter the field of architecture. However I do not know many architects. I would consider myself a very artistic person. I love to design and make the building "look pretty" and I have many ideas about creating. I like to fuse cultures and their styles together to create new buildings. Since there's many different types of architects, (from my understanding there's a type that focuses on the actual planning, another that oversees the whole project). I would like you to tell me the different types of architects, because I myself don't know what or where I should work in the field of architecture. Thank you,
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First, congrats on your desire to pursue architecture.  I would suggest you strongly consider summer programs - see attached list.

The best way to learn about architects is to read/look at their work via websites or books.


You may also wish to contact the local chapter of the AIA (American Institute of Architects) to connect with architects in your area.

I hope this is a good start for you.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

ARCHITECTURE SUMMER PROGRAMS - SUMMER 2014

ARCHITECTURE SUMMER PROGRAMS - SUMMER 2014
ARCHCareers.org – http://www.archcareers.org


NORTHEAST
Barnard College – New York, NY
June 22 – 28, 2014 (1 week); June 22 – July 19, 2014 (4 weeks)

Boston Architectural College - Boston, MA
June 30 – 25, 2014 (4 weeks)

Carnegie Mellon University - Pittsburgh, PA
June 28 - August 8, 2014 (6 weeks)

Catholic University of America – Washington, DC
June 16 – July 3; July 7 - July 25, 2014 (3 weeks)

Center for Architecture Foundation - New York, NY
http://www.cfafoundation.org/summer
June 23 – August 28, 2014 (week long Architecture Camps Grades 3-12)

City College of New York – New York, NY
July 7 – August 1, 2014 (4 weeks)

Columbia University - New York, NY                          
July 7 – August 8, 2014 (5 weeks)

Cooper Union – New York, NY
July 7 - August 1, 2014

Cornell University - Ithaca, NY
June 21 – August 2, 2014 (6 weeks)

Design Science Lab - Chestnut Hill College - Philadelphia, PA
June 22–30, 2014 (1 week)

Drexel University - Philadelphia, PA
July 13 – 26, 2014 (2 weeks)

Harvard University - Cambridge, MA
June 9 – July 18, 2014 (6 weeks)

Fallingwater – Mill Run, PA
July 22-29; August 1-8, 2014

Maryland Institute College of Art
June 28 – July 26, 2014 (4 weeks)

Maryland, University of - College Park, MD
July 13 – August 1, 2014 (3 weeks)

Marywood University – Scanton, PA
July 14 – 25, 2014 (2 weeks)

Massachusetts Amherst, University of – Amherst, MA
July 20 – August 2, 2014 (2 weeks)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Boston, MA
Contact School for dates (6 weeks)

National Building Museum - Washington, DC
July 7 – 18; July 21 – August 1; August 4 – 15, 2014

New Jersey Institute of Technology - Newark, NJ
July 13 – 18, 2014; July 20 – 25, 2014 (1 week)

New York Institute of Technology - Old Westbury, NY
July 7 – 31, 2014 (3 weeks)

Northeastern University – Boston, MA
June 29 – July 25, 2014 (4 weeks)

Parsons The New School For Design – New York, NY
August 4 – 15, 2014 (2 weeks)

Parsons The New School For Design – New York, NY
June 23 – July 25, 2014 (5 weeks) – for college students

Pennsylvania State University - State College, PA
July 13 – 17, 2014 (1 week)

Pennsylvania, University of – Philadelphia, PA
July 6 – August 2, 2014 Residential (4 weeks); July 1 – August 2, 2014 Day (4 weeks)

Philadelphia University – Philadelphia, PA
Contact School for Dates

Pratt Institute - Brooklyn, NY
July 7 – August 1, 2014 (4 weeks)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Troy, NY
July 6 – 18, 2014 (2 weeks)

Roger Williams University - Bristol, RI
July 6 – August 2, 2014 (4 weeks)

Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY
June 28 – August 8, 2014 (6 weeks)

Temple University – Philadelphia, PA
July 7 – 18, 2014 (2 weeks)

Yale University – New Haven, CT
June 29 – July 19, 2014; July 20 – August 9, 2014 (3 weeks)

SOUTHEAST
AIA Ft. Lauderdale – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
July 14 – 18, 2014 (1 week)

AIA Memphis/University of Memphis - Memphis, TN
June 2-14, 2014 (2 weeks)

Auburn University - Auburn, AL
June 22 – 27; July 13 - 18, 2014 (1 week)

Clemson University - Clemson, SC
June 15 – 28, 2014 (2 weeks)

Duke University – Durham, NC
http://www.tip.duke.edu/fsi         
June 14 – 28, 2014 (2 weeks)

Florida Atlantic University – Boca Raton, FL
June 16-27; July 7-18, 2014 (2 weeks)

Florida, University of - Gainesville, FL
http://chobee.me/               
June 15 – July 4, 2014 (3 weeks)

Georgia Institute of Technology - Atlanta, GA
Contact School for Dates

Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge, LA
June 8 – 13, 2014 (1 week)

Miami, University of - Miami, FL
June 10 - 28, 2013 (3 weeks, half-day non-residential)
July 6 – 26, 2014 (3 weeks, full-time in-residence)

Mississippi State University - Oxford, MS
June 6 – 13, 2014 (1 week)

North Carolina at Charlotte, University of - Charlotte, NC
June 15 - June 20, 2014 (1 week)

North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC
June 23 – 27; July 7-11; July 14 –18; July 21 – 25; (day)
June 15 – 21; July 27 – August 2, 2013 (overnight) (1 week)

Savannah College of Arts & Design - Savannah, GA
June 21 – July 26, 2014 (5 weeks)

Tennessee, University of - Knoxville, TN
July 13 – 18, 2014 (1 week)

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University - Blacksburg, VA
July 6 – 14, 2014 (1 week)


EAST CENTRAL
AIA Columbus – Columbus, OH
June 16 – 20, 2014 (Elementary), June 23-27, 2014 (Middle School), June 16 – 27, 2014 (High School)

Andrews University – Berrien Springs, MI
Sessions:  June 9 to July 18, 2014

Bowling Green State University – Bowling Green, OH
Contact School for Dates

Ball State University - Muncie, IN                 
July 13 – 25, 2014 (2 weeks)

Cincinnati, University of – Cincinnati, OH
June 22 – 28, 2014 - tentative (1 week)

Cranbrook Summer Art Institute – Bloomfield Hills, MI
July 14 – August 1, 2014 (3 weeks)



Detroit Mercy, University of – Detroit, MI
arch.udmercy.edu/camp                    
June 23 – 27, 2014 (1 week)

Lawrence Technological University – Detroit, MI
June 23 – 27, 2014 (1 week); July 7 - 11, 2014 (1 week); July 14 – 25, 2014 (2 weeks)

Miami University - Oxford, OH
July 7 – 18, 2014 (2 weeks)

Michigan, University of - Ann Arbor, MI
July 14 – August 4, 2014 (3 weeks)

Notre Dame, University of – Notre Dame, IN
June 15 – 27, 2014 (2 weeks)

WEST CENTRAL
Illinois Institute of Technology – Chicago, IL                   
July 7 – 18 (Commuter) and July 20 – August 2 (Residential), 2014 (2 weeks)

Illinois at Chicago, University of - Chicago, IL
http://www.arch.uic.edu/yarch/index.php (college students/working professionals)
July 7 – August 1, 2014 (4 weeks)
http://www.arch.uic.edu/hiarch/ (high school students)
July 14 – 19, 2014 (1 week)
June 6 – 7, 2014 (weekend)

Illinois at Urbana Champaign, University of - Champaign, IL
June 15 – 28; July 6 – 19, 2014 (2 weeks)

Iowa State University – Ames, IA
June 22 – 28, 2014 (1 week)

Judson University - Elgin, IL
July 13 – 18, 2014 (1 week)

Nebraska-Lincoln, University of - Lincoln, NE
June 8 - June 14, 2014 (1 week)



Oklahoma, University of – Norman, OK
June 1 – 6, 2014 (1 week)

Oklahoma State University – Stillwater, OK
June 16 – 21, 2014 (1 week)

School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago, IL
http://www.saic.edu/ecp                                      
June 16 - 27; July 7 - 18, 2014 (2 weeks)

Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, IL
http://kidarch.siuc.edu/          
June 16– 20 (4th – 6th grade), July 13-18 (middle schl), July 20-25, 2014 (high schl)

Taliesin – Summer Immersion Program – Spring Green, WI
http://taliesin.edu/sip/                                          
June 2 – July 25, 2014 (8 weeks)

Washington University in St. Louis - St. Louis, MO              
July 6 – July 19, 2014 (2 weeks)

Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Univ. of - Milwaukee, WI
August 3 – 9, 2014 (1 week)

Weisman Art Museum - Minneapolis, MN
Contact Museum for Dates




SOUTHWEST
Arkansas, University – Fayetteville, AR
June 16 – 19, 2014June 23- 26, 2014

Houston, University of - Houston, TX
June 16 – July 18, 2014 (5 weeks)

Prairie View A&M University – Prairie View, TX
Contact School for Dates

Rice University – Houston, TX
Program has been suspended for Summer 2014; check back for 2015.

Texas A&M University - College Station, TX
http://camparch.tamu.edu/                      
July 13 – 19, 2014 (1 week)

Texas at Austin, University of - Austin, TX
June 9 – July 11, 2013 (5 weeks)

Texas at San Antonio, University of – San Antonio, TX
June 9 – 20; August 4 – 14, 2014 (2 weeks)

Tulane University - New Orleans, LA
June 22 – July 11, 2014 (3 weeks)


WEST
Architectural Foundation of San Francisco – San Francisco, CA
Contact AAF for Dates

Arizona, University of
June 2 – 6 (6th-8th); June 9 – 13 (9th-12th); June 16 – 20 (6th-8th); June 23 – 27 (9th-12th) (1 week)
  
California at Berkeley, University of - Berkeley, CA
July 7 - August 15, 2014 (6 weeks) - College
July 7 – August 1, 2014 (4 weeks) – High School
June 2 - June 26, 2014 (4 weeks) - College

California at Los Angeles, University of - Los Angeles, CA
June 23 – August 1, 2014 (6 weeks)

California College of The Arts - San Francisco, CA
cca.edu/precollege                    
June 23 – July 18, 2013 (4 weeks)

California Poly State Univ. – SLO - San Luis Obispo, CA
June 22 - July 18, 2014 (4 weeks)

Idaho, University of – Moscow, ID
July 6 – 12, 2014 (1 week)

Los Angeles Institute of Architecture and Design

Nevada – Las Vegas, University / AIA Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV
Contact School for Dates

Newschool of Architecture and Design - San Diego, CA
http://www.newschoolarch.edu/programs/summerexploratory.htm                            
July 17 – 21, 2014 (1 week)

Oregon, University of - Eugene, OR
July 7 – August 1, 2014 (4 weeks)

Oregon, University of – Portland, OR
July 14 – 18, 2014 (1 week)

Project H Design / Camp H for Girls – Berkeley, CA
July 7 – 11, July 14 – 18 (1 week)


Project Pipeline Los Angeles NOMA Chapter - Los Angeles, CA
Please contact for dates!

Project Pipeline San Francisco NOMA Chapter – San Francisco, CA
Contact Program for Dates

Southern California Institute of ARChitecture – Los Angeles, CA
July 14 – August 15, 2014

Southern California, University of - Los Angeles, CA
July 6 – 20; July 6 – August 2, 2014 (2 or 4 weeks)

Talieisin Preservation – Spring Green, WI
July 7 – 10, July 4 - 17, July 28 – 31, August 4 – 7, 2014 (1 week)

Taliesin West - Scottsdale, AZ
May 26 – August 15, one to two week sessions (Grades 2-12)

Washington, University of - Seattle, WA
June 23 – August 22, 2014 (9 weeks)
July 21 – August 1, 2014


INTERNATIONAL
Architectural Association – London, ENGLAND
Monday 7 – Friday 25 July 2014

CIAO!  Center for Introduction to Architecture Overseas
http://www.ciao-cfsu.org                              
July 5-26, 2014

International Summer School – Tamil Nadu, INDIA

Please contact for dates!