Is there an architect in the building?

Gare (@fossilfuelsrule) 8 years, 10 months ago

I’ve been deliberating on picking a major; I have two more semester before i really have to decide on a bach. degree. I’m considering taking up a career in architecture. Any HEthens out there will some sweet sweaty knowledge on the inner workings and any important resulting factors as a result of the career choice. How has working as an architect affected your life as a whole? LOVE, PEACE, Feedback plzz.

February 3, 2013 at 12:15 pm
winslow (85) (@winslow) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@fossilfuelsrule, Im no architect. More like the polar opposite, but I do know alot about the profession. Do it, Architects need more youth to bring in the new features and innovative design processes. It takes a long time to be a licensed architect but I know a few who make 100s of dollars an hour to sit around and think. So theres a perk. If you do become an architect or even plan on designing things, make sure that you know how that item will go together. Too many times at school I have seen designs that look great, but are impossible or illogical to build. But I do believe that the life of an architect would be desirable especially since you have the opportunity to bring the new technologies into the mainstream. Maybe become less dependent on fossil fuels.

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Gare (9) (@fossilfuelsrule) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

Word, that’s hinting at what I pretty much want to here. I’m no elaborate frivolous designer, but i do believe in taking a practical approach and still being able to relay aesthetically pleasing designs for the eye, body, and mind-scape; making smaller spaces reach greater lengths, being able to make more time available in life, spread out, and accommodate new ideas with a psychological approach in relation to how the mind conforms to our living environment. Insurmountable capable possibilities, and it feels sooo good. Mucho thanks for some incite boss @winslow 8]

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Bryan Hellard (307)M (@xyver) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@fossilfuelsrule, Engineers, trades people, builders of all kind are good jobs to get into. If you like bringing things to life, go for it.

How’re you at math? There’s always more math then you expect :P

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Gare (9) (@fossilfuelsrule) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

Sadly I’ve never dived into full blown calculus, I understand the general concept but haven’t yet tried a coarse. Physics, stats and trig fortunately were courses that i hadn’t had to exert too much energy to understand. I studied drafting all throughout high school and just learned loved the know-how of dissecting and dimension-ing anything and creating your own designs of anything and everything. @xyver I’m going to work up enough courage for calc next semester Xl

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winslow (85) (@winslow) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@fossilfuelsrule, You wont ever need calculus as an architect. Trig is the deepest math you will need for architecture. But I mean, it never hurts to know a little extra.

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seahlontay (2) (@slont) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

Im a Landscape Arch now doing my masters thesis and my partner of 4 years is doing her Ma in Arch having worked in a Melbourne Studio. So though not an architect, having spent 5 years sharing a building with many of them has given me some interesting insights!

The biggest warning bells for the study period of your career is be prepared to sacrifice lots of yourself. Your time for socialising disappears during coursework, almost entirely. As well as that for eat and sleep and exercise in healthy, regular doses. Unless you somewhat of a savant :)

Next I would say be prepared for a many good number of years of being an architect, yet also not being an architect. That’s my way of saying its competitive and hierarchy is well established in most scales and sectors of the profession so jumping the ladder can be difficult. If you imagine yourself graduating into a position infront of drawing board Gehry-ing it up so to speak maybe you should reconsider.

Aside from all that, it is a challenging profession that demands so much of you. You grow as a person if you really commit to it. You get to work with so many different people from many different perspectives of life and leisure. And the ways in which to work as architect are constantly evolving. So good luck and the best to you!

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