I am a recent Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering graduate, and am vigorously pursing a career in architecture, and in particular a M.Arch. I am a Canadian, and have read your book, Becoming an Architect. I have a few inquires about architecture that I was hoping to get your response to.
1. Your book mentions to assess the importance of the reputation of the school. I think that it depends on the employers, so my question is, from your experience, how important is the reputation of the school to an architectural firm? For example, the University of Toronto and University of British Columbia M.Arch programs are the most competitive in Canada. Do architectural firms give more attention to students from competitive schools moreso than others (such as the University of Calgary's which is less competitive) ?
2. Does the CACB also conduct annual Architecture Program Reports that are accessible to the public?
3. Do you have a good resource for the job demand for architects in Canada? Through rileyguide.com, I was able to link up with many sites pointing to American firms, and I see a demand for Building Integration Modelers, Health Care Facilities designers, and Project managers. I can't seem to find a good resource for Canada.
4. Do you know if there is a resource/program for students to connect with architectural firms (preferably Canadian) to ask career questions & job shadow?
I look forward to hearing from you!
First, congratulations on your desire to pursue architecture. Also, I appreciate your reading my book.
1. To truly gain the insight on this question, I would suggest you contact some firms; with that said, I would state that some firms may use the institution from which you graduate as an important criteria at the time of graduation, but after a few years, most will care more about what you can do as evidenced from your portfolio.
2. I do not know for sure, but I would imagine that the architecture programs in Canada are required to submit materials parallel to the APR as part of the accreditation process. To know for sure, you should contact CACB.
3. I am not sure of the best resources, but did find the following:
4. Unfortunately, I am not fully aware of resources but suggest you contact the following:
The RAIC does have a member directory that might be helpful in contacting architects. I have found that most architects are willing to help.