#1
I am i smart young man in my 12th year of school and i think that architectural studies may be a good career choise for me and i was wondering if anyone here is a architect and would have some input if it is a good choise or if anyone has any thoughts on it in general. for those who think it matters i take English Social and Math at a 30-1 or Pure level and i also take Phisics and chemisty. thank you for any input
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smart young man that can't spell "choice" right...

apply to some architect magazines, they always give you a good insight on what you're getting into.
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My drafting teacher said you have to take 8+ years of University, you have to be smart and you will have to start off drafting and work your way up to becoming a full blown architect and designing buildings/homes and whatnot. But if you can pull it off it's an excellent career choice, it's impressive and it pays very well,

If thats what you want to do then I say go for it
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#4
All I can say is awesome choice man. Good money in architecture.

Make sure you are ready for long long years filled with math and math only.
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#6
it sounds like a good idea. personally im a geer, or, going to be a geer, so i think i'll be working with architects. and dont you need some calculus? im sure it would be handy
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it sounds like a good idea. personally im a geer, or, going to be a geer, so i think i'll be working with architects. and dont you need some calculus? im sure it would be handy


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#8
i've always wanted to pretend to be an architect...

chemisty? phisics?
damn those sound advanced...

i am i? choise? sorry, i'll stop.

well the job requires a lot of education and math skills and a lot of time, but the pay is nice. it's a fine career if it's what you're interested in.


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#9
I am a second year architecture student at the university of minnesota, do you have any speceific questions? I also interned at an architectural firm last year so i have pratical experience in the field, however, I'm not an "architect" yet.
#10
i know that my grammer is poor i'm sorry, and i looked at a institute of technology in my area that has a two year program in Architectural Technologies i'm not sure but i think that is the first step to becoming an architect and then i can get a bacholers degree and then a masters after that but i think that i am qualified to work after the two year program but if i'm wrong please let me know

EDIT: to the person studying architecture i would like to know the proper method to becoming an architect what kind of courses would be needed and such and where to start my post secondry education
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I would say skip the tech school. Tech schools only offer courses in drafting, not architecture. I'm going to dispell some rumors and misconceptions i had about architecture and how they appear now in school

Architecture is very much art and design based, NOT drafting and math based. In high school I was totally into drafting. In college, you really wont do any drafting until you get into 3rd or 4th year. The main thing you will do is make models in studio for your teachers to review.

Working in an architecture firm this summer, there are two types of people working there, the architects, who design and dream up crazy things, and the drafting guys who turn it itno construction drawings. CAD are not architects, they go to tech school and learn how to use CAD, architects are more artists than anything else. Also, a four year bachelors degree will get you work at any good firm. HOWEVER, to get seniority, or to move up at the firm, or to start your own firm, you need to become a REGISTERED architect, which, in most places, involves a two years masters degree in addition to a bachelors degree. And then you have to start a two year process of becoming certified. After you are certified, you start managing people and making lots of money. Pay until then, is only ok.

Sorry that was a lot but i think architecture is a good choice if you like looking at buildings, appreciating subtleties of space and stuff like that.

let me know if you have any questions
#12
First of all to start things off, i'm going to school to be an architect, and i love it. I'm starting my second year at an architecture school in central Vermont. We have a 5 year masters program here, so i'll come out pretty well set, and after that you're eligible to take the licensing exam after 3 years of internship...so yes it amounts to 8 years, but u can shave time off the internships and you're getting paid for it too, so it's not that bad.
A lot of the things mentioned before seem to be common misconceptions that i had when i first entered here. No, you're not going to be doing math all day, that's if you become an engineer, not an architect. My program is heavily centered around art and sustainable design. So i would definitely recommend taking any more art courses you can squeeze in before you graduate.
While architecture school is amazingly fun most of the time, be prepared for a lot of work. The projects which you get are the real deal and you have to put in a lot of good work to get them to come out right. This doesn't mean staying up all night all the time, but it does mean having a game plan for every project and applying yourself. Don't believe the hype about no sleep and no social life...it's not true.
Not to discourage you but you're not going to be making bank as an architect...at least not right out of the gate. Don't get me wrong, you'll be able to make a living, but you're not going to be buying a yacht after your first year. Nobody makes that kind of money right out of college except doctors and rocket scientists. Mainly the field is basically like any other - do good work and excel at your job and you'll get paid more, except that we have it easier because we get to think outside the box and have fun too!
If you're serious about getting into the field (and don't get me wrong, there's a lotta people who aren't and just slack off) my advice is get into the construction industry ASAP and do a few summers working on a framing crew before you do your internship. You'll have plenty of years to perfect your drafting both in school and in the office, but astoundingly, many architects out there today lack a necessary knowledge of construction, leading to a communication breakdown between them and the construction workers who actually build the structures.

But yeah, in a nutshell, being an architect is awesome and a load of fun, and as long as you give it your best shot and don't slack off you should be pretty well set.
#13
so the architects basicly designs the building the draftsmen puts it into the blueprint format? and so then what kind of tool does the architect use because i'm not that great at drawing if that is a important skill but i don't think it would be, and also it would be better just to go into university and skip the tech school?
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#14
To the other architecture student above^^^^


So you have a 5 year masters program, is that like 4 years for an undergrad and 1 year for a masters, or can you guys like start you masters work while finishing you bachelors degree?
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so the architects basicly designs the building the draftsmen puts it into the blueprint format? and so then what kind of tool does the architect use because i'm not that great at drawing if that is a important skill but i don't think it would be, and also it would be better just to go into university and skip the tech school?



Like I said, tech schools only offer courses in drafting, not architecture. And drafting can only take you so far. Main tools of the architect, I would say, would be:

A 9B woodless pencil
Adobe Photoshop
Other computer image programs
Hobby Knife (For making studio models)


As for drawing, I'm not that great an artist either, but to be a good architect is to be able to communicate your ideas in some medium. Your creating stuff that nobody else can see unless you draw them a picture or make them something in Photoshop.
You'll get better at drawing by practice, lots of practice. Dont let that keep you from being an architect.

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#16
well i would consiter myself to be a fairly creative person and i have always been fasinated by building even when i was a small child i would build with blocks and i said that i wanted to be an architect not really knowing what it was but still i have always had a interset in buildings and what kind of high school courses are needed and recomended to have for entering such a program
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Well as far as that goes, most colleges are designed to start you from scratch, so that you learn architecture "their way" which is pretty much true of any major at any college. I thought that a whole bunch of drafting courses would help me in college. Wrong. If I were you...or me back in time, I would take some kind of drawing course. Doesnt matter what kind, I mean in my drawing class this morning we were drawing people. As long as your practicing drawing it doesnt matter what you draw, so take some kind of drawing course, doesnt have to be about buildings, doesnt even have to advanced. That would be my recomendation. other than that, just try to get far in some math or science classes so you dont have to take them in college.

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What all of them said

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anything else i should know
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You'll need a degree, and for a degree you'll need a good, extensive art portfolio.
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#21
really? do i need to have past experiance with architecture to apply? or can i just say i want to take this course and they'll be all sure come in come in
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I simply cannot take this god-awful place anymore. Goodbye to all the good people here. The rest can fuck off.