- Series: Guide to Careers in Design
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (May 27, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118612132
- ISBN-13: 978-1118612132
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you are considering a career in architecture, start with this highly visual guide to preparing for and succeeding in the profession. Becoming an Architect, a Guide to Careers in Design, Third Edition gives you an inside view of what it takes to be an architect, including an overview of the profession, educational requirements, design specialties from which to choose, insiders' tips on finding a job, registration requirements, and the many directions in which a career in architecture can go.
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I found this book somewhat informative, but rather unengaging and dry. While the interviews and quips could have added interest and exemplified or expanded on points made in the text, their sheer volume bogged down the message. All of the interviews begin with exactly the same 2 questions: “Why did you become an architect?” and “Why did you choose the schools you did?”. The remaining questions are often similar from interview to interview, and soon become dreadfully similar as the list of interviews drags on. Often, the information in the interviews does not directly pertain to the topic of each chapter, so the interviews can distract from, rather than exemplify the points made in the main text. The short quips are similarly overly numerous and often contradictory to each other or to the points in the main text—for example, are math skills important for an architect? The quips suggest that it depends on who you ask, even though the main text instructs you to “pursue the highest-level math course your high school offers.” Advice about planning a career seems simplistic and trite, with its emphasis on the imperative of proceeding with careful plans. As becomes clear all too quickly to college graduates, “life is what happens when you're busy making other plans,” so the best way to plan for the unexpected may not be to plan too carefully but to get the best broad general education possible so that any and every opportunity can be recognized and made the most of. Indeed, the importance of being flexible about one's career ambitions is mentioned by a number of the interviewees. Overall, this book offers a bit of information explaining educational and licensing requirements for architectural aspirants. I don't think I would appreciate it much if it were assigned reading, however.
My son is interested in architecture and is currently attending community college for required courses. This book will help him determine the path he needs to take to complete his training, with advice and guidance from those who have already been there.
This book is about giving someone an idea of what courses and kind of jobs there are available pursuing a career in architecture. It has case studies/profiles of architects along with photos of what they have worked on. It outlines important skills that are listed from working architects themselves. It goes from concepts, interviews of architects, course strategies, getting an internship, and so on.
Although perhaps not as helpful as a video on the subject, this book does a fine job of conveying what being an architect is really like and has many tips and guidelines for getting there.
What I do agree with the other review is that this book is overpriced by about 40-50%. Should be under $24.
Anyone, young, old, or in between, who is considering a career in architecture should get ahold of a copy of this book. You'll be glad you did.