Becoming an Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design

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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?

Here is the completely up-to-date guide to today's careers in architecture—a clear and concise survey of the architecture field and advice for navigating a successful career. Filled with interviews and advice from leading architects, it covers everything from educational require-ments and design specialties to registration requirements and the many directions in which a career in architecture can go.

Expanded and revised to include the most current issues that are impacting architects' work, such as BIM and integrated practice, this essential guide will put you on a solid foundation for successfully entering this rewarding profession.

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"At the risk of sounding redundant about a newly released Wiley reference-based publication, I must admit that if were in a classroom environment, at least 2 copies of Becoming an Architect would be made available to my students. Once again, Wiley Press has hit the bullseye in producing textual material designed to comprehensively inform a segment of the industry seeking to make educated choices about their career direction." (, June 2010)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470372104
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/2/2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee W. Waldrep, PhD, the assistant director of undergraduate student services in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has more than fifteen years of experience in higher education with an emphasis in academic affairs and the career development field of architecture students. Waldrep holds a Ph.D. in counseling and development from The American University and a master of architecture from Arizona State University. A frequent lecturer on the topics of careers in architecture, he has previously been associate executive director of the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), associate dean at the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at the University of Maryland, and assistant dean at the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology.
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Table of Contents




1. The Definition of an Architect.

What Do Architects Do?

Why Architecture?

Is Architecture for You?

Profile of the Profession.

2. The Education of an Architect.


Path to an Accredited Degree.

Decision-Making Process.


Application Process.

You Are an Architecture Student.

Academic Enrichment.


3. The Experience of an Architect.

Gaining Experience as a Student.


Moving Toward Licensure.

4. The Careers of an Architect.

Career Designing.

Career Paths.

5. The Future of the Architecture Profession.



BIM-Building Information.


Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)



Agent of Social Change.

Distance Education/Learning.

Appendix A: The Resources of an Architect.

Collateral Organizations.

Architecture-Related Associations.

Association-Related Careers.

Institutions Dedicated to Architecture.

Community Service.

Recommended Reading.


Appendix B: Accredited Architecture Programs in the United States and Canada.

Appendix C: Career Profiles.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2006

    Exceptional Resource

    Dr. Waldrep's book is great for anyone considering a career in or related to architecture. He concisely delivers important information about the process of architectural education and licensure while incorporating interesting interviews from professionals throughout the field. This book provided me with many ideas on how to get involved in the field of architecture as well as alternative ways to take my career, besides the traditional goal of working at an architecture firm. Even if you've read introductory books on architecture, such as Roger Lewis' Architect?, you will enjoy Dr. Waldrep's refreshing perspectives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2006

    A MUST read for those considering a career in architecture

    My son knew at an early age that he wanted to pursue a career in architecture. Lacking first-hand experience I tried to help him research what the career was all about. I wish I had this book early in the process. We ended up interviewing architects on our own, reading articles, college rankings, etc. Going in I assumed the CAD/CAM / math / physics aspect would dominate. While important, I soon found out that the artistic / sketching / creative / aspect is equally important. As this book so beautiully points out however, the value of intangibles such as 'creative problem-solving' and 'ability to communicate abstract ideas' outweigh pure technical or artistic skills. Dr. Waldrep skillfully weaves the thoughts and experiences of 49 professionals from diverse backgrounds in architecture to help fill in the knowledge gaps about the career - and may I say - what a broad career! After reading the book you will be impressed with the fact that a career in architecture is a never-ending learning experience with a myriad of 'career spokes' springing from hub of the core disciplines. We owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. Waldrep for artfully constructing this launching pad of thought-provoking gems from the bright lights of the architecture industry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2007

    Great Book for Every Aspiring Architect

    This book should be mandatory resource for all aspiring architects. Dr. Lee Waldrep sucessfully answers the 'what, whys, who, and how' questions and exceptionally provides an in depth explanation of architecture . This book is for any age group from high school to college. If you are in high school now or have just started college, and you desire to pursue any field in architecture but you just don't know what YOU want to do, this is definitely the book for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2006

    Should you become an Architect?

    I read this book because I am interested in pursuing a career in architecture and am in the process of applying to colleges. The book was extremely useful for many reasons. The first is that it gives a very clear explanation of the different paths that can be taken to become a licensed architect in reference to the different degrees. I was able to decide that the 4+2 program is right for me. It also gives an in depth explanation of what an architect is and what they do. The book talks about what courses you should take in high school to prepare yourself for this career and although it was too late for me since I am a senior, someone younger who is interested in architecture would find this very helpful. One of the things that I really enjoyed about the book, was reading the various answers to the questions that the author poses to many different architects. This was extremely interesting. The book talks about how important it is to gain experience in the field and how to go about getting that experience. In summary, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is potentially interested in pursuing a career in architecture.

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