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Becoming an architect : a guide to careers in design
Publication Information:
Hoboken, N.J. : J. Wiley & Sons, c2006.
Physical Description:
xv, 304 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.
The definition of an architect -- The education of an architect -- The experience of an architect -- The careers of an architect -- The future of the architecture profession.


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What do architects do?

What are the educational requirements for architects?

What does an architectural internship involve?

How does one become a licensed architect?

What is the future of the architectural profession?

Get the answers to these key questions in Becoming an Architect . This completely up-to-date guide to today's careers in architecture provides a clear and concise survey of the field and offers advice for navigating a successful career. Filled with interviews and insights from leading architects, the book covers everything from educational requirements and design specialties to registration requirements and the many directions in which a career in architecture can go.

Author Notes

LEE W. WALDREP , Ph.D., the associate dean in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at the University of Maryland, has more than ten years of experience in the career development field related to architecture. He holds a Ph.D. in counseling and development from American University and a master of architecture from Arizona State University. He was assistant dean for academic affairs in the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology from 1994 to 2001.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Chapter 1 The Definition of an Architectp. 1
What Do Architects Do?p. 2
Why Architecture?p. 4
Is Architecture for You?p. 4
Question - What Is Architecture?p. 5
Profile of the Professionp. 31
Diversityp. 32
Question - What Are the Most Important Skills an Architect Needs to Be Successful?p. 33
Chapter 2 The Education of an Architectp. 69
Preparation: Pre-High Schoolp. 70
Toysp. 70
Booksp. 70
Activitiesp. 70
Selected Books on Architecture for Childrenp. 71
Resourcesp. 71
Preparation: High Schoolp. 72
Academic Courseworkp. 72
Explorationp. 73
Visitsp. 74
Summersp. 74
After-school Programsp. 75
Question - What Advice Would You Provide to Someone Who Wants to Be an Architect?p. 76
Routes to an Accredited Degreep. 94
Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.)p. 94
Pre-professional Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)p. 94
Undergraduate Degrees (B.A./B.S.) in Fields Other than Architecture and Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)p. 95
Doctor of Architecture (D.Arch.)p. 96
Post-professional Degreesp. 96
Decision-making Processp. 96
Youp. 97
Institutionp. 98
Architecture Programp. 99
Resourcesp. 102
Promotional Materials, Videos, Catalogs, and Websitesp. 102
Guide to Architecture Schoolsp. 102
New England Career Day in Architecturep. 102
Campus Visitsp. 102
Admissions Counselor/Administratorp. 103
Students, Faculty, Alumni, and Architectsp. 103
NAAB Architecture Program Report (APR)/Visiting Team Report (VTR)p. 103
Ranking of Architecture Programsp. 103
Application Processp. 104
Applicationp. 104
Personal Statementp. 104
Test Scoresp. 105
Transcriptsp. 105
Portfoliop. 106
Recommendationsp. 106
You Are an Architecture Studentp. 117
NAAB Student Performance Criteriap. 117
Coursesp. 121
Architecture Electives: A Samplep. 123
Academic Enrichmentp. 124
Independent Studyp. 124
Minors/Certificatesp. 124
Double Major/Degrees/Dual Degreesp. 124
Off-campus Programs (Semester Abroad/Exchange Program)p. 125
Lecture Seriesp. 126
Community Servicep. 126
Mentoringp. 126
Student Organizationsp. 126
Conclusionp. 127
Chapter 3 The Experience of an Architectp. 157
Gaining Experience as a Studentp. 158
Shadowp. 158
Volunteerp. 158
Research with Facultyp. 158
Externshipp. 159
Internshipp. 159
Cooperative Educationp. 159
Career-related Experience (Part-time/Summer)p. 161
Full-time Positionsp. 161
Question - What Do You Look for in Hiring a New Designer?p. 162
A.R.C.H.I.T.E.C.Tp. 190
Assessmentp. 190
Researchp. 190
Connectionsp. 190
Helpp. 190
Interim Positionsp. 191
Toolsp. 191
Experiencep. 192
Commitmentp. 192
Transitionp. 192
Moving toward Licensurep. 193
Intern Development Program (IDP)p. 194
Intern Development Program (IDP) Training Areasp. 195
Architect Registration Examination (ARE)p. 196
NCARB Certificationp. 197
Chapter 4 The Careers of an Architectp. 223
Career Designingp. 224
Assessingp. 224
Valuesp. 224
Interestsp. 225
Skillsp. 225
Exploringp. 226
Decision-makingp. 227
Planningp. 229
Career Pathsp. 230
The Careers of an Architectp. 232
Chapter 5 The Future of the Architecture Professionp. 261
Question: What Do You See as the Future for the Architecture Profession?p. 262
Appendix A The Resources of an Architectp. 271
Collateral Organizationsp. 271
Architecture-related Associationsp. 272
Associations-Related Careersp. 274
Architectural Historyp. 274
Constructionp. 274
Design - Graphic, Industrial, Furniture, Lightingp. 275
Planning/Landscape Architecturep. 276
Technical/Engineeringp. 276
Interior Designp. 277
Historic Preservationp. 278
Institutions Dedicated to Architecturep. 278
Community Servicep. 279
Recommended Readingp. 280
Websitesp. 283
Appendix B NAAB/CACB-Accredited Architecture Programs in the United States and Canadap. 285
Appendix C Career Profilesp. 293
Indexp. 297