I just read this article on UAE Landscape Architect’s site called “Innovative program to encourage more graduates to enter the architectural profession”
Apparently there’s not enough of us. Or there are, but records show that people of our ilk tend to go into high-tech and management consulting. I don’t know about you, but I don’t stay up until 4 in the morning gluing tiny pieces of bass wood together so that I can go into…what was that? Management consulting? What is that? It sounds like a Dilbert cartoon.
RMJM, an international architecture firm with U.S. headquarters in New York City, and Harvard University Graduate School of Design will announce today the launch of a $2 million program aimed at tackling a global shortage of architects. The announcement will occur at 6:30 p.m. in Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy Street, Boston, MA.
RMJM’s $1.5 million donation, matched by another $500,000 from the Harvard GSD, establishes the “RMJM Program for Research and Education in Integrated Design Practice,” which aims to stem a “brain drain” in the design and construction industry. It is the largest cash donation received by the GSD since a donation from The Aga Khan in 1999.
Despite the current building boom, many recent graduates from architecture and engineering schools are choosing to pursue more lucrative careers in high-tech and management consulting, according to The Society for Marketing Professional Services, a nonprofit trade association serving the architecture, engineering and construction industry.
This dearth of talent could have major consequences for the design construction industry, experts say.
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