Architect?: A Candid Guide to the Profession

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"This is a terrific book for anyone thinking about a career in architecture. It's very useful and valuable."
-- Richard Meier, Richard Meier & Partners

"Required reading for would-be architects, it's also of value for those who teach them."
-- Architectural Record

The first edition of Architect?, published in 1985, quickly became known as the best basic guide to the architectural profession. More than a decade later, it is a standard text for introductory courses on ...
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Overview


"This is a terrific book for anyone thinking about a career in architecture. It's very useful and valuable."
-- Richard Meier, Richard Meier & Partners

"Required reading for would-be architects, it's also of value for those who teach them."
-- Architectural Record

The first edition of Architect?, published in 1985, quickly became known as the best basic guide to the architectural profession. More than a decade later, it is a standard text for introductory courses on architecture and recommended reading on the application forms of many schools of architecture. This revised edition includes new information pertinent to current education and practice and addresses issues and concerns of great interest to students choosing among different types of programs, schools, firms, and architectural career paths.

Roger K. Lewis, a practicing architect and educator, takes a hard look at the education of the architect as he covers such topics as curriculum content, pedagogical theories and methods, program and faculty types, the admission process, internship, compensation, computer-aided design, and the culture of small and large firms. He tells how an architect works and gets work, and explains all aspects of architectural services, from initial client contact to construction oversight.

The author describes the benefits of becoming an architect, including the opportunity to express oneself creatively, to improve the environment, and to achieve notoriety. But he doesn't hesitate to show the other side--the lack of steady work and appropriate compensation, the intensity of competition, the restrictions imposed by clients, and the high degree of anxiety and disillusionment among young architects. Written in a clear, accessible style, the book is accompanied by the authors often-humorous illustrations and a valuable appendix.


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"Roger Lewis's book Architect? is a complete and comprehensive overview of the profession and a valuable resource for students, teachers, and practitioners." —Deborah Berke, Deborah Berke Partners
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262620482
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1985
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.89 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger K. Lewis is a practicing architect and planner, Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Maryland, and a columnist for the Washington Post.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Why Be an Architect? 3
2 Why Not to Be an Architect 19
3 The Structure of Architectural Education 39
4 Experiencing Architectural School 61
5 Professors and What They Profess 89
6 Architectural Schools: Choosing and Being Chosen 123
7 After School, What? 141
8 The Building Process and the Architect's Role 165
9 How Architects Work 183
10 How Architects Get Work 213
11 Architects' Clients 235
12 We Who Are Architects 255
Afterword 267
Appendix Accredited Programs In Architecture 271
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