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by Katy Purviance on 05/22/11 @ 03:37:53 pm
Categories: Architects, Applying to Grad School, Grad School | 420 words | 4452 views

I’m working on a project that looks at the process of becoming an architect. And I’d like you to contribute.

I’m looking for anecdotes from your experience in becoming an architect.

Whether you are:

  • thinking about becoming an architect
  • working on your Bachelor of Architecture degree
  • working on your Master of Architecture degree
  • working on your IDP hours
  • preparing for the AREs
  • beginning your professional architecture career

I’d like to hear from you.

If you’re just beginning the journey, I’d like to hear why you want to go into architecture.

If you’re in school, I’d like to know what you think of it. What school do you go to? What classes are you taking? How much does it cost? How long does it take? What do you like about it? What do you not like about it?

If you’re an intern, I’d like to learn more about how many internships you’ve done so far, and how many hours you’ve been able to accumulate for the IDP? Will you be able to get all of your IDP hours at just one firm? Have you had to move around a lot?

If you’re in the middle of your AREs, I want to know what you think of the tests themselves? Do you believe that they are an accurate reflection of the skills you’ve learned thus far? Do they test for skills that are important to the profession? How long have you been testing? How many tests have you taken so far? How many have you passed? How many have you failed? Have you taken any tests over? What was the experience like for you?

If you are now licensed and are in the early years of your professional architecture career, I’d like to hear your thoughts on how well your education has served you. What was useful, and what wasn’t? How did your internships help you? How long did it take you to become a licensed architect, starting with your first year of school until you got your license? How much do you estimate that you spent in order to get your license? How many different internships did you do? What are you really happy about, now that you have your license? What do you wish you had done differently?

I’d love to hear from you. Click here to jump to the contact form on this page. Please use “Becoming an Architect” as the subject line.

Please also let me know if I may thank you by name in my Acknowledgements section.

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