Monday, June 19, 2017

Industrial Design to Architecture

Hi I am studying industrial design. 

Is it possible for me to take the master degree in architecture? If yes, after taking the master degree in architecture do i become an official architect? Am i going to be able do to everything that an architect can? 

Please inform me, thank you!

Please note that my expertise is in becoming an architect in the U.S.

With your degree in industrial design, you may certainly pursue the NAAB accredited professional Master of Architecture (3-4 years) at any number of U.S. institutions that offer it.  

With the Master of Architecture, you will have completed the education portion of becoming an architect.  You would still need to complete APX - experience and pass the ARE - examination to become an architect per the state / jurisdiction requirements.

I suggest you pursue the following websites for more details on the process of becoming an architect.



Dr. Architecture

Saturday, June 17, 2017

French and English to Architecture

I hope that all is well by you!  I am hoping to pursue a Master of Architecture, though I have little academic experience in the field.  I have a Bachelor of Arts in French and English from Amherst College and a few years of experience in communications, one of which was spearheading the marketing department of a small residential design firm in San Francisco.  
I am wondering, are there any reputable programs you could recommend that are receptive to students pivoting from another kind of career?  I, unfortunately, do not have many college-level math or art classes to my name, though I am happy to enroll in a few this fall if need be. I am most interested in sustainable design and institutional projects.

Any advice you have is much appreciated!
Thanks for reaching out to me.  First, I will suggest you obtain a copy of Becoming an Architect as it will answer this question and others as you become an architect.

Becoming an Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design - 3rd Edition

The two best sources for potential colleges for studying architecture are the following:

NAAB National Architectural Accrediting Board

To become an architect, you will need to accomplish three tasks - 1) education), 2) experience, and 3) examination.  For education, he will need to complete the a professional degree in architecture that is accredited by NAAB.
There are three degrees - 1) Bachelor of Architecture (5 years), 2) Master of Architecture following a pre-professional degree (BS or BA in Architecture) (6 years) and 3) Doctor of Architecture (Univ of Hawaii - 7 years). 
As you have a BA degree, you may pursue the Master of Architecture (a variation of #2) for those that have a degree in another discipline.  I cannot say for certain, but there are at least 50-60 programs -- see either of the websites listed above.  I typically do not recommend programs because there are so many variables, but would be glad to touch base after you have developed a list.
Depending on the program to which you apply, you may need to have calculus as a prerequisite; as well, you may wish to take ART classes to help you develop your portfolio.

Plus, I would be MORE than pleased to answer additional questions as needed.
Also, I would suggest you pursue a summer program -- this summer if possible.  Each year, I compile a list of the programs.
Again, stay in touch.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Architecture Career/College Days - Fall 2017

Each fall, a number of Architecture Career/College Days are held in Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York.  These are a great opportunity to connect with Architecture Programs throughout the country.

These events are FREE and targeted for both high school students (not just seniors) and for prospective graduate students.  

Check out the event websites and be sure to attend.

Study Architecture
Boston - September 23
Chicago - October 14
Philadelphia - October 21
New York - November 4th

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Hip Hop Architecture Camp™ - Los Angeles, Austin, Atlanta, and Detroit

Starting this summer, there are a series of one week summer programs for under represented youth.  For details, see below and the below listed website.

Hip Hop Architecture

The Hip Hop Architecture Camp™ is a one week intensive experience, designed to introduce under represented youth to architecture, urban planning, creative place making and economic development through the lens of hip hop culture. The Camp is based on the "4C's" which are Creativity, Collaboration, Communication and Critical Thinking. During the camp, students are paired with architects, urban planners, designers, community activists and hip hop artists to create unique visions for their communities which include the creation of physical models, digital models and the creation of a Hip Hop Architecture track and music video summarizing their designs

Who can apply for The Hip Hop Architecture Camp™?
The Hip Hop Architecture Camp is open to middle school and high school students, because of the overwhelming interest in the camp, participants must apply for the limited spaces available in each city. There is no typical student for The Hip Hop Architecture Camp™. Our students are inspiring architects, urban planners hip hop artists, musicians, computer game creators, interior designers, industrial designers, politicians and more! 


Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles Trade Technical College
400 W. Washington Blvd. | Los Angeles, CA 90015
June 12 - June 16, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm

Ages: Youth Ages: 10 - 17 Years Old
Sponsors: Autodesk, LA Trade Tech, The Universal Hip Hop Museum

Austin, Texas
Huston - Tillotson University
900 Chicon St, Austin, TX 78702
July 10 - July 14, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm

Ages: 10 - 17 Years Old
Sponsors: Autodesk, Huston - Tillotson University, The Universal Hip Hop Museum, Austin Public Library

Atlanta, Georgia
Georgia Tech - School of Architecture
North Ave NW  | Atlanta, Georgia 30332
July 17 - July 21, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm

Ages: Middle School Youth Only
Sponsors: Autodesk, Georgia Tech, The Universal Hip Hop Museum, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

Detroit, Michigan
The University of Detroit Mercy - School of Architecture
4001 W. McNichols Road | Detroit, MI 48221
August 7 - August 11, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm

Ages: 10 - 17 Years Old
Sponsors: Autodesk, University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture, The Universal Hip Hop Museum

Friday, June 2, 2017

Arch Stories

Do you wish to become an architect?  One of the best resources to help you is to connect with those who are architects.  But that may be difficult if you do not know any.  Well, I want to share a resource that should help you.

Arch Stories - a compilation of stories from architects about their licensure story.

Authored by Katherine Williams (architect and writer sharing stories of great design, community improvement and diversity in the architecture industry), Arch Stories provides you insight on the licensure process.  It provides you a connection to architects who have successfully completed the task of becoming architect.

From the blog:

For many architects, the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) become a dreaded obstacle that one must conquer. Many of us have searing memories about the experience – the late nights studying, the attempts and multiple practice graphic vignettes, the panic of forgotten formulas moments before entering a testing room. Most of us who attempt the exam eventually succeed at passing and live to tell about it.

Do check it out!

Dr. Architecture

p.s. If you are an architect, consider sharing your story.

Do you have a poignant memory of taking the exam, studying for the exam or some other exam/license related nugget? Did something funny or upsetting happen while you were studying or taking a test? What helped you get through the process? I would love for you to contribute your story to the ARE Stories project. You can write your story. Length should be at least 500 words and no more than 800 words. Alternatively you can be interviewed by an editor for a story.We would love to hear from you.