Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Career Switch

I am considering changing my career track from medicine/lab research to architecture. So far, I have my bs in biology and I'm doing a lab research internship for 1-2 years. I was planning on attending medical school thereafter, but I'm still wavering.

I've always wanted to try studying architecture because I love designing,and I'm very good a math ( physics, calculus) and communicating. However, Im not the best artist. Do you think I could still pursue it if I lack this skill right now? Do you think such a radical change is wise at this point? Would it be an easy switch?

I would appreciate your advice.

Given your interest, you should begin to explore the discipline of architecture further. Ask your family and friends if they know an architect that you could meet with to discuss their career. You could possibly shadow the architect to learn firsthand the career of an architect.

As you learn more, you may discover that you do not need to be a perfect artist, but you do need to learn how to communicate your ideas to your clients. Architecture is about being creative and problem-solving. Besides, drawing, etc. are skills that you will learn in an architecture program. Another preparation task is to take a freehand drawing course at an area community college as you will need to submit a portfolio when you apply to graduate programs.

Also, there are a few summer programs for individuals like you to help you transition --

Harvard University - Cambridge, MA


June 14 – July 23, 2010

California at Los Angeles, University of


June 21 – July 30, 2010


LA Institute of Architecture and Design

Dr. Architecture

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