Becoming an Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design

Becoming an Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design

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

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?

If you're considering a career in architecture, start with this highly visual guide to preparing for and succeeding in the profession. Through fascinating interviews with working professionals in the field, Becoming An Architect, Second 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, the job search, 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 prepare you for successfully entering this competitive yet rewarding profession.

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ISBN-13: 9780470372104
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 12/02/2009
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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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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.