Saturday, September 6, 2014

Graduate Studies - Right after UG or not.

I'm having trouble deciding whether to do the M.arch program (for non architectural background) straight after undergrad or taking a gap year (or two).  Is it beneficial to work before and gain some real world experience? I don't want to get burnt out but also am thinking that it may be good to go ahead and start my career. Any advice? 
This is always the million dollar question - go straight through or take a year or two between.  
First, I would apply to programs and plan to pursue the degree directly after your program because you can always decide later to not go if admitted.  Next spring, you cannot apply to programs after the deadline if you do not have a position.
Normally, I would suggest you work between degrees to broaden your exposure to the profession, discipline, but can you find employment?  What is your UG degree?
Remember, that most graduate programs for those with a degree in another discipline may be 3-4 years -- taking a year or two in between may be a nice diversion if you can afford it.

Funding for Graduate Studies

Funding for grad school is really important for me and I can't find any good source to find the list of architecture grad programs that offer good amount of funding/assistantship. Can anybody help me with this or direct me to a source??
For simply a list of architecture programs, access the following:
Your best source of potential funding sources will be that actual architecture program; most will offer fellowships, scholarships and teaching assistantships, but they are competitive.  Determine the programs to which you plan to apply and contact each directly to learn their application process and criteria.
Beyond the program, contact the office of student financial aid on each campus.