Becoming an Architect (3rd Revised edition)

Becoming an Architect (3rd Revised edition)

By: Lee W. Waldrep (author)Paperback

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Becoming an Architect will inspire future architects, career consultants, and human resources professionals alike, providing all the information you ll need to make intelligent decisions about careers in architecture. From the Foreword by Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, 2014 AIA National President Starting a career as an architect is an exciting prospect, but it's important to do your research before you take the plunge. The third edition of Becoming an Architect is an update to the best-selling guide and highlights the risks and rewards on the path to a career as an architect. You'll find new insight and tons of helpful resources, as well as a complete outline of the trajectory of an architect's early career, from higher education through internship and licensure. More than thirty-two new interviews and profiles from architecture students, emerging, and established professionals give the resource a truly personal feel, and help get you acquainted with real-life scenarios from architects from varying backgrounds and specialties. With a highly accessible approach, this guide provides a complete overview of the profession, including educational requirements, design specialties, registration requirements, and the paths of a career in architecture. Whether you're a high school student, a college undergraduate, a career counselor, or a human resource professional, Becoming an Architect offers much-needed advice and information to anyone interested in career development for architects. * Covers recent changes to the Intern Development Program (IDP) * Provides advice on obtaining professional experience while studying to be an architect * Considers career paths in a myriad of work environments, such as government agencies, education, and research * Includes helpful appendixes with resources for further information, such as career-related associations, websites, and recommended reading Obtain a solid introduction to a career as an architect, and plan your own path with the guidance and advice of dozens of others who have already started this process.

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About Author

LEE W. WALDREP, PHD, has over 20 years of experience in higher education with expertise in career development and architecture. Waldrep earned a Ph.D. in counseling and development from The American University, a master of architecture from Arizona State University, and a bachelor of science from the University of Michigan. During his career, he has served in three accredited architecture programs the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Maryland and Illinois Institute of Technology. Waldrep previously served as Associate Executive Director of the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and as National Vice-President of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). Waldrep has written and presented on the topics of careers and architecture extensively around the country. In addition, he is a contributor to AIA's Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice, 15th Edition.


FOREWORD xi PREFACE xiii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xv 1 The Definition of an Architect 1 What Do Architects Do? 2 Design Process 3 Why Architecture? 4 Is Architecture for You? 4 Question What Is Architecture? 5 Career Profiles 12 Profile of the Profession 36 Salary 36 Diversity 37 Question What Are the Most Important Skills an Architect Needs to Be Successful? 38 Career Profiles 45 2 The Education of an Architect 71 Preparation 72 Activities 72 Programs 72 Academic Coursework 73 Exploration 74 Visits 75 Summers 76 After-School Programs 77 Question What Advice Would You Provide to Someone Who Wants to Be an Architect? 78 Career Profiles 86 Paths to an Accredited Degree 100 Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) 100 Pre-Professional Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) 100 Undergraduate Degrees (B.A./B.S.) in Fields Other Than Architecture and Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) 102 Doctor of Architecture (D.Arch.) 102 Joint Degrees 102 Post-Professional Degrees 103 Decision-Making Process 103 You 105 Institution 105 Architecture Program 106 Resources 109 Promotional Materials, Videos, Catalogs, and Websites 109 Guide to Architecture Schools/ 110 Career Days in Architecture 110 Campus Visits/Open Houses 110 Admissions Counselor/Administrator 111 Students, Faculty, Alumni, and Architects 111 National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) 111 Architecture Program Report (APR) / Visiting Team Report (VTR) 111 Ranking of Architecture Programs 112 Application Process 112 Application 113 Application Essay/Personal Statement 113 Researching a Graduate Program 114 Test Scores 115 Transcripts 115 Portfolio 115 Recommendations 117 Scholarships/Fellowships/Competitions 118 Career Profiles 119 You Are an Architecture Student 135 Student Performance Educational Realms and Student Performance Criteria 136 Courses 140 Architecture Electives: A Sample 144 Tools 144 Academic Enrichment 145 Off-Campus Programs (Study Abroad) 145 Independent Study 145 Minors/Certificates 146 Double Major/Degrees/Joint Degrees 146 Lecture Series/Exhibits/Reviews 147 Community Service 148 Mentoring 149 Student Organizations 149 Conclusion 150 Career Profiles 150 The Experience of an Architect 167 Gaining Experience as a Student 168 Shadow 168 Volunteer 168 Research with Faculty 168 Externship 168 Internship 169 Cooperative Education 170 Preceptorship 171 Career-Related Experience 171 Gaining Experience as an Emerging Professional 171 Full-Time Positions 171 Volunteer 172 Design Competitions 172 Mentoring 172 Professional Associations 172 Question What Do You Look for When Hiring a New Designer? 173 Career Profiles 178 A.R.C.H.I.T.E.C.T. 201 Assessment 201 Research 201 Connections 201 Help 202 Interim Positions 202 Tools 202 Experience 203 Commitment 203 Transition 204 Moving toward Licensure 204 Intern Development Program (IDP) 204 Architect Registration Examination (ARE) 206 Intern Development Program (IDP) Experience Categories and Areas 207 NCARB Certificate 210 Conclusion 210 Career Profiles 210 The Careers of an Architect 237 Career Designing 237 Assessing 238 Exploring 240 Decision Making 242 Planning 243 Career Profiles 245 Career Paths 266 Architectural Practice 267 Architect Positions 267 Outside Traditional Practice 268 Beyond Architecture 269 The Career Paths of an Architect 272 Career Profiles 273 The Future of the Architecture Profession 297 Sustainability 299 New Technologies/Social Media 299 Building Information Modeling (BIM) 300 The Future of Architecture Architects 300 New Practices 301 Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) 302 Collaboration 302 Diversity 302 Globalization 303 Public Interest Design 303 Distance Education/Learning 303 The Future 304 The Next Architect: A New Twist on the Future of Design 304 Question What Do You See as the Future for the Architecture Profession? 305 Appendix A: Resources of an Architect 313 Collateral Organizations 313 Architecture-Related Associations 314 Associations-Related Careers 316 Architectural History 316 Construction 316 Design (Graphic, Industrial, Furniture, Lighting) 316 Historic Preservation 317 Interior Design 317 Planning/Landscape Architecture 318 Technical/Engineering 318 Dedicated to Architecture 319 Community Service 320 Recommended Reading 321 Websites 326 Appendix B: Accredited Architecture Programs in the United States and Canada 329 Appendix C: Career Profiles 341 INDEX 345

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  • publication date: 25/07/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781118612132
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 368
  • ID: 9781118612132
  • weight: 722
  • ISBN10: 1118612132
  • edition: 3rd Revised edition

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