Becoming an Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design / Edition 2

Becoming an Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design / Edition 2

by Lee W. Waldrep
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Becoming an Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design / Edition 2

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?

Get the answers to these key questions in Becoming an Architect. This completely up-to-date guide to today's careers in architecture provides a clear and concise survey of the field and offers advice for navigating a successful career. Filled with interviews and insights from leading architects, the book covers everything from educational requirements and design specialties to registration requirements and the many directions in which a career in architecture can go.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900470372103
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 12/02/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents




Chapter One: The Definition of an Architect.

What Do Architects Do?

Why Architecture?

Is Architecture for You?

QUESTION—What Is Architecture?

Profile of the Profession.


QUESTION—What Are the Most Important Skills an Architect Needs to Be Successful?

Chapter Two: The Education of an Architect.

Preparation: Pre–High School.




Selected Books on Architecture for Children.


Preparation: High School.

Academic Coursework.




After-school Programs.

QUESTION—What Advice Would You Provide to Someone Who Wants to Be an Architect?

Routes to an Accredited Degree.

Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.).

Pre-professional Bachelor of Science (B.S.).

and Master of Architecture (M.Arch.).

Undergraduate Degrees (B.A./B.S.) in Fields Other than Architecture and Master of Architecture (M.Arch.).

Doctor of Architecture (D.Arch.).

Post-professional Degrees.

Decision-making Process.



Architecture Program.


Promotional Materials, Videos, Catalogs, and Websites.

Guide to Architecture Schools.

New England Career Day in Architecture.

Campus Visits.

Admissions Counselor/Administrator.

Students, Faculty, Alumni, and Architects.

NAAB Architecture Program Report (APR)/Visiting Team Report (VTR).

Ranking of Architecture Programs.

Application Process.


Personal Statement.

Test Scores.




You Are an Architecture Student.

NAAB Student Performance Criteria.


Architecture Electives: A Sample.

Academic Enrichment.

Independent Study.


Double Major/Degrees/Dual Degrees.

Off-campus Programs (Semester Abroad/Exchange Program).

Lecture Series.

Community Service.


Student Organizations.


Chapter Three: The Experience of an Architect.

Gaining Experience as a Student.



Research with Faculty.



Cooperative Education.

Career-related Experience (Part-time/Summer).

Full-time Positions.

QUESTION—What Do You Look for in Hiring a New Designer?






Interim Positions.





Moving toward Licensure.

Intern Development Program (IDP).

Intern Development Program (IDP) Training Areas.

Architect Registration Examination (ARE).

NCARB Certification.

Chapter Four: The Careers of an Architect.

Career Designing.








Career Paths.

The Careers of an Architect.

Chapter Five: The Future of the Architecture Profession.

QUESTION: What Do You See as the Future for the Architecture Profession?

Appendix A: The Resources of an Architect.

Collateral Organizations.

Architecture-related Associations.

Associations—Related Careers.

Architectural History.


Design—Graphic, Industrial, Furniture, Lighting.

Planning/Landscape Architecture.


Interior Design.

Historic Preservation.

Institutions Dedicated to Architecture.

Community Service.

Recommended Reading.


Appendix B: NAAB/CACB-Accredited Architecture Programs in the United States and Canada.

Appendix C: Career Profiles.


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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.