When I tell people who I knew I wanted to be an architect by the time I was 5 years old, they think how lucky that must have been! But am I really so lucky? There was a time when I thought I had made a terrible decision, and I found myself struggling with the classes and the time and effort required to just to keep pace with my peers. (but I think this story has a happy ending)
Architects can make a great living but there is a balance between money and happiness that must be found. This post contains a snapshot of some of the best places to work and what areas of the country pay the highest salary for architects. Before anybody starts whining and moaning about how architects are underpaid, let me tell you now that I don’t want to hear it. Teachers are underpaid.
What this page (because it seems to change with remarkable regularity) is anything to do with the act or process of getting licensed, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (), Intern Development Program (), or what college you should consider attending. Those things have too many moving parts to consider and since I have been licensed for a while now, I don’t keep up with the changes. If you have any questions about college, what sort of classes to take, putting together a portfolio, etc. I would strongly recommend that you contact the school that you would like to attend and get specific and relevant information directly from the source.
It takes a lot of commitment and desire to become an architect. Nobody becomes an architect because they think it sounds cool or they like to draw. There is a lot more to it and I think it needs to be a calling for you to even think you will experience any measurable success. Do you think you have what it takes to be an architect?
A few years ago I started a series of posts that were directed towards people who had an interest in either becoming an architect or now that they had finished school … what happens next? The intent when I started this series was to create a repository of answers to questions that people tended to email me – thinking I could just refer people to the post on the subject rather than having to recreate the answer over and over again. These posts have been created over a two-year period and I discovered that some people who wanted this information still couldn’t find it and I still found myself back where I started. Hopefully, now that I have created a single page that will contain all of the posts that fall into the category of “Do you want to be an Architect” I can accomplish my original goal of the blind leading the blind.
There is a reality check coming for most graduating architecture students. Practicing architecture for 99.9% of the architects out there means something other than designing – at least what you might typically think design really means. The practice of architecture is more than sketching on trace paper, parti diagrams, deciding what pens to draw with, groupies, and last-minute trips to Vegas with the client. It means solving problems – sometimes incredibly mundane and uninspired – yet very important problems to the people who retain your services.
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To be an architect you must have specific tools to get the job done. Here is a look at the ones I use most often. Some (but not all) are clearly throw-backs tools that reflect the fact that I graduated from architecture school 20 years ago. Despite the fact that I am pretty good at AutoCAD, I didn’t put it on my list of tools. If I had made my list a little longer it probably would have shown up.
Is Physics a must to become an architect?
You see in O levels I never opted for physics so I can’t pursue it in A levels.
But I did opt for Additional Mathematics though. Do you think I still be an Architect?
Sir I am a 3rd year barch student from India . I always wanted to be an architect but recently I have started to feel that it was a very bad idea not because I hate designing but because I am constantly criticized by the professors and no body seems to like my work . So what should I do ..? Should I stay in this branch only because I like designing even though no body likes or appreciates it ? Can you suggest some branch that I can take up after I pass out of architecture school which requires less creativity