Sunday, April 25, 2010
Becoming an Architect, 2nd Edition - Critical Review
With the second edition of his book, Waldrep has created an upgraded and updated beginner's guide to architecture. It proves to be an essential resource for any young student - especially a high-school student - starting down one of the many paths toward a career in the environmental design professions.
Architecture is a challenging career, and a profession that is seeking to redefine itself and find a position of relevancy. Waldrep asks the reader to accept these challenges, and his book will either fuel your passion or frighten you away; inspire you to become an architect or to employ your creativity and interests to pursue another path.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I was thinking of going for mechanical or civil engineering with the ultimate professional goal of being an architect. I was just wondering a few things. If I did go for engineering, would it be smarter from an architecture standpoint to go for civil or mechanical engineering? I was always wondering if it would be worth going for a degree in engineering and then a masters in architecture, as far as job prospects and salaries, or if it would be smarter to just go straight to Penn State and go right into the architecture program? Thank you for your time.
To best decide, you need to determine what you want.
If you want to just pursue architecture, attending the BArch at PSU may be the perfect choice for you, however, if you want the opportunity to pursue both engineering (civil or me) and architecture, VTech may be perfect. Both paths are good choices, but which do you want?
The engineering undergraduate degree with the architecture graduate degree will take you longer (probably 7 or so years) vs. the BArch at PSU will probably 5 years. This impacts cost.
When choosing engineering, choose what you would enjoy the most, but civil engineering is certainly more directly related to architecture, but so is mechanical.
As you are having difficulties, I suggest you do some more research on the career choices prior to making the institution choice.
Monday, April 19, 2010
She was impressed with the arch professor who spoke with them, and she visited some of the studios, including his first year studio.
If money were not a factor though, I think she would prefer one of her two other choices.
Do you know anyone who graduated from the particular program in architecture?
Do you have any info on these three programs?
Certainly, money is and should be a primary consideration, but I do not think it should be the only criteria. Obviously, I am not aware of where you live, what other programs that she applied to, etc., but is she confident of the fit with the program she just visited?
Why would she prefer the other two choices? What criteria aside from finances is being considered. Where will she practice after graduation?
Unfortunately, I do not have much information beyond what you probably already know from visiting.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
First, EESA does not accredit foreign degrees, they evaluate foreign academic credentials as they meet the NCARB Education Standard; below is their website and a statement from their website. I am not sure when EESA begin providing this serve on behalf of NCARB, but I think it was about 2003 or so.
EESA assists those individuals who wish to apply for NCARB certification or for registration by an NCARB member board and who do not have a professional degree in architecture from an NAAB-accredited program of study. EESA works with internationally educated applicants and with architects in NCARB’s Broadly Experienced Architects (BEA) program.
Second, NCARB did not stop accepting foreign degrees, instead, they contact with NAAB for the EESA process to evaluate foreign credentials against the NCARB Education Standard. To learn more, visit the NCARB website - www.ncarb.org.
You may also wish to review the BEFA program of NCARB assuming that you have what is listed as the minimum requirements.
NCARB offers an alternative for certification through our Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) Program. At a minimum, this program requires:
- A professional degree in architecture from an accredited/ validated/officially recognized architecture program
- An architect credential in a country other than the United States and Canada (NCARB provides certification for architects registered in Canada) that:
- Has a formal record-keeping method for disciplinary actions for architects; and
- Provides reasonable reciprocal credentialing opportunities for U.S. architects
- A minimum of seven years of comprehensive, unlimited practice as a credentialed architect over which the applicant exercised responsible control in the foreign country where the applicant is credentialed
Friday, April 16, 2010
You are in a perfect place to become an architect. To get you started, I suggest you review the ARCHCareers blog as I have answered many parallel questions.
With your degree in international business, you are eligibel to pursue a professional NAAB accredited Master of Architecture (3-4 years) at any one of a number of institutions (www.naab.org).
In the interim, there are summer programs to assist you in preparing materials for your portfolio; it may be possible to secure employment within architecture firm, but the current economy may make that difficult. You need to immerse yourself with the profession. Read architecture, look at architecture, talk architecture, draw architecture.
Before you graduate, seek out possible courses that connect international business and architecture.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
First off, I am convinced that you are an architecture angel (an arch angel! haha.) Your posts have been extremely helpful and easy to understand. But...the time has come, where I feel like my situation is too strange to base my decisions off of other people's special circumstances.
I currently attend University of Oregon and I am pursuing a double major in Judaic Studies and Interior Architecture(accredited 5 year program). I am in my second year of college..but technically a first year in the architecture school because I applied & got in as a sophomore. I realized recently that I am able to graduate as a Judaic Studies major next year. This realization left me with two options
1) Continue with my original plan - interior architecture & Judaic studies degree until my IARCH degree is finished in 2013 & graduate as a double major(IARCH & Judaic Studies) & triple minor: business, architecture, art history
2) Graduate with just a bachelor of arts in Judaic Studies and then apply for a M.Arch 3-4yr program at a graduate school. Assuming that I got into a graduate school and did the Grad program for 3 years...I would also be graduating in 2013, but this time...with a Masters degree.
What should I do? Stick with my original plan? Or graduate early as a Judaic Studies major & apply for Grad school? If I graduate early I could have the option to attend a different university - which would be nice to get another perspective. However, what do archiecture firms like better? A B.IARCH and Judaic Studies OR A bachelor of Judaic Studies WITH a Masters of Architecture/IARCH?
Thank you so much!
As to your situation, what you do depends on what your career goals are? Continue with #1 if you wish to graduate with an interior architecture and Judaic Studies degree; this will depend on what your career goals with these degrees. You would NOT be able to pursue licensure as an architect with only the Bachelor of Interior Architecture.
Instead, switch to #2 if you wish to pursue the professional accredited Master of Architecture after receiving your BA in Judaic Studies degree. This route leads you to the necessary degree to become a licensed architect.
Thus, what do you wish to be doing 10-20 years after graduation and which plan will allow you to get there.
Thanks and best wishes with your decision.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
I am pleased to hear that you find the blog a valuable resource. As for summer programs, I would first start with the list of programs available from www.ARCHCareers.org -- while many of them are targeted for high school students, I am sure some do or would be willing to accept individuals with a college degree. Below are a few that I do know of that do --
Los Angeles Institute Of Architecture And Design (more than a summer program)
As these programs develop materials for your portfolio, attending would improve your chances for admission. As well, you might be able to solicit a letter of recommendation from the faculty of the program.
In addition, simply become engaged in the profession - read book, online magazines, attend lectures or view online, participate in a summer program or take a drawing/life drawing course. Find a mentor, talk with current students, etc.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
I am not sure what resources you have already used, but I would suggest you start with NCARB resources available to those taking the ARE.
Another great resource are others taking the exam. Contact your local AIA Chapter to see if they can put in touch with others taking the exam to form study groups. Also, some AIA Chapters host study sessions on the ARE.
ARE Forum - another source.
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