Architecture Colleges Need To Make You Very Prepared

Architecture Colleges Need To Make You Very Prepared


(upbeat music) – You know, this day and
age it is a requirement to go to architecture school
to become an architect. You need to get formal training. You know, back in the day, you
could work under an architect for about eight years and
then, if you develop properly and the architect committed
to training you properly, he could sign you off to be
able to have a credential to take the licensing exam. The environment has become,
the profession has become so demanding this day and age
that there’s so much to learn that the architecture profession
has made it a requirement to get a degree from an accredited school. So that is very, very important in choosing a school to get
training as an architect. There are so many schools
out there, so many schools that provide different types
of exposure to the profession, and also they’ve made it a lot of fun. These are creative
spaces, creative schools that really enhance the
development of a future architect. You know, there’s so many
great architecture schools in the United States and around the world. I’m not gonna name them all. We are based here in
California and, of course, there are some great schools here in the state of California. Personally, I went to the
University of Washington. I got my bachelor’s degree and my master’s degree
in architecture there. The master’s degree was
the professional degree required to be able to take the next step to become an architect. That was a tremendous experience for me because the University of
Washington sat in an urban setting in the city of Seattle,
where you are presented with design challenges throughout the city that you get to study within
the school of architecture. So, it was a tremendous exposure for me to be able to experience that. Of course, it’s a long
career, it’s a long degree, so you gotta make sure that you pick the proper,
the good school for you. The University of Washington
was the perfect school for me. I loved it, I could have kept on going. I was sad actually when it was all over. But to this day I’m still in touch with the University of Washington. But outside of the
University of Washington, of course, I’ve got, being
in the state of California, I need to name some
schools here in California. I think Cal-Berkeley is
getting some very high ratings as to the quality of education
architects are getting there. My personal favorite is
Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. It’s a very, very good school. The schools in Southern California. I think Cal Poly-Pomona is
a very, very good school. I understand that UCLA
has a very good program that is highly touted as putting out some very,
very good graduates. There was one school, though, that I knew about for a long long time, and understanding how it’s so important to be able to develop as an architect and have a very well-rounded education. I think not many people know that, when you go to architecture school, that is one school but you also need to be able to have the
school in the real world. And the University of Cincinnati
is one of those schools that has a program that combines academics with real profession experiences. So they are able to place
their students in offices as interns in between,
throughout their education. One term was in school, the
next term was in an office, the next term was at school,
the next term was an office. So, by the time they graduated, they had a very well-rounded education in the profession of architecture. You know, I think that, to me, it’s important to be
able to go to a school where the surrounding environment is complementary to the
education of an architect. To be in an urban setting, I
think is the most ideal place to be because you can take the
ideas that you are learning at school and be able to implement them or be able to study
your built environment, to be able to get
examples of what is right and what is wrong in
the design environment. That is one piece of advice. The second advice that I would give is look of the opportunities
outside of the classroom. There are so many
examples that can be used because architects
really, this day and age, are required to be leaders. You have that requirement to be able to have exposure in business, in getting along with
people, their social skills. It is so, so important. You cannot get around the profession with just being a designer. Not that there’s anything wrong with it but, if you’re going to
school all these years, you want to be a well-rounded architect and to be able to have that exposure outside of the classroom
is so, so important. For me, the way I did it, I got involved in
leadership opportunities, like through the American
Institute of Architects. I was an officer with our student chapter, and I got the opportunity to get exposed to what real architects, architects that were
already outside of school and licensed and practicing
in the profession, being able to be exposed to them to see what they were doing, through the American
Institute of Architects. Every school has a
chapter, a student chapter of the American Institute of Architects. So, I highly recommend that every student gets involved with them and
be able to take advantage of what they have to offer
outside of the classroom. And take it a step further. Become an officer of your
local chapter, so that you can experience those
leadership skills and develop them. Of course, there’s other ways to be able to expose yourself
to leadership skills. I’m sure your campus has
fraternities and sororities. I think you learn a lot
from those experiences. There’s pluses and minuses. People have their own opinions. I personally think that,
to able to be exposed and to be able to make
your mistakes in college so that you don’t make
them in the real world once you graduate, I think
is very, very important. To be able to get those
mistakes out of the way is very, very important. Those are the things that I
really would highly recommend. I mean lastly, the third thing is be passionate about architecture. It’s just like any other thing. If you aren’t passionate
about the profession, perhaps you should not
follow through on it because the passion is really what’s going to ride
you all the way through. It’s what’s gonna get you through. It is a long profession in that it takes a lot of preparation and requires your commitment
to be able to get through it. If you don’t have that commitment, you don’t have that passion,
well then we’ve got a problem. So make sure you have those
feelings in place, so that you will be able to succeed
in this awesome profession.

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