I graduated just over 2 months ago and got my 4-year degree in mechanical engineering. I've wanted to be an architect since my junior year, but my school didn't offer an architecture degree so I stuck it out and got my engineering degree. I'm hoping that my BSME will provide the math and physical science background I need to continue to pursue a degree in architecture. Is this true? Could I have the pre-reqs to get my master's in 2 years? Or should I pursue a bachelor's in architecture?
In addition to education questions, I also have employment questions. I may not have the proper degree to be an architect now, but what about architectural engineering? Am I qualified to do that, or do I need architectural experience?
My degree may be in engineering, but my true passion is for architecture. My favorite classes were physics, statics and dynamics, vibration analysis, and computer-aided engineering; anything that had to do with structural analysis. My senior project was 90% structural analysis, and I loved it. I know I've asked alot of questions, but architecture is my dream job and I want to know all I can and what to do to start moving towards that dream.
Thank you for your time,
First, congratulations on your recent degree and desire to pursue architecture.
As always, you will need to check with potential graduate programs to determine if you have met required prerequisites. With that said, you will have definitely completed calculus or physics requirements but some programs require drawing and/or architectural history.
As you have a BSME degree, you should definitely pursue the Master of Architecture and not the BArch.
Architectural engineering is truly civil engineering with an emphasis on buildings; as to whether you are qualified to enter the workplace will depend on your skills and background.
What is most crucial to applying for a MArch is your portfolio. Do you have any creative background? If not, you may wish to consider taking a art/drawing course to generate materials for your portfolio over the next year while you apply for F14.
Also, as you appear to enjoy structures, you may consider the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as they have a focus on structures as part of their MArch and also have a joint degree with civil engineering.
Best! Feel free to contact me with more questions.
P.S. Consider the book - Becoming an Architect, 2nd ed.