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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2010
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The book is really nothing but a bunch of interview questions and the answers architects give to them, which isn't a bad thing. There are several pictures of architectural structures, several drawings, and some diagrams of buildings as well. Instead of reading a concise summary of the authors research you instead get the raw data (for the most part) and draw your own conclusions from it.

I kept seeing a few similar traits over and over in the architects the author interviewed and this led me to not become an architect.

I did find it rather interesting that the author is NOT an architect and never was. But you don't have to be something in order to research it and write about it now do you? Of course not. The author did however pursue the field of architecture so they do have some first hand knowledge to draw on.

A very good book in my opinion, it was worth the purchase.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2010
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I don't know how we would have navigated the process of locating architecture programs and schools without this book. The author includes information from the definition of an architect through education, careers and licensing. The interviews with architects cover a broad spectrum and offer great insight into the profession. A MUST READ FOR ASPIRING ARCHITECTS!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2010
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This book contains many interviews from those whom have gone to architecture school. I liked that the author chose to interview many people from different fields which goes to show that one does not have to strictly be an architect after having gone to school for architecture.

I would recommend reading this if you have any interest in architecture as a possible career path.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2014
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only purchase a properly printed, factory edition of this book. There's some misprints inside this one that makes it almost impossible to read certain chapters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2012
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I'm a high school senior. I purchased this book the summer before my senior year started to make sure architecture was the major I was going to really want to apply to, and did this help. The guide is so detailed you'll really be able to "plan" your life for the next ten to fifteen years. You know which way your career will most likely go and where it will end up. Architecture is not for the faint of heart; it is a lot of work, time, and sitting in front of a computer. Since then, I've been accepted into college to study architecture and will continuously refer back to parts of this guide.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2013
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Career searching teen in family loves the set up of this book. Useful. Answers relevant questions. WOuld be appropriate for adults as well.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2013
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This book is well written and researched, and does give a very good sense of the field. There are tons of interviews which do get somewhat tiring but there is also a gold mine of information in the book.
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on July 16, 2014
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I bought this as a gift for my young nephew who has been interested in architecture for a long time. He LOVED this book, and even now as a university architecture student, he still keeps it handy for occasional reference.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2011
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This book is terrible! The author is not an architect, offers no advice, and the entire book is pictures mixed with quotes.

The author does have interviews of architects, but it's clear that he merely sent them all a list of (the same) questions to respond to. Repetitive, uninformative, boring, not helpful.

Be clear: there is not one iota of practical advice here for applying to programs, or how to get ahead. It's all useless platitudes: an architect must be focused, must have a good eye, must be diligent... etc. Don't get me wrong, there's a place for this, but the book should be named "Wisdom from Architects"--there's nothing in this book that offers guidance.
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on February 4, 2015
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useful read
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