Architect?: A Candid Guide to the Profession

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MIT Press, 1998 - Architecture - 281 pages
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The first edition of Architect?, published in 1985, quickly became known as the bestbasic guide to the architectural profession. More than a decade later, it is a standard text forintroductory courses on architecture and recommended reading on the application forms of manyschools of architecture. This revised edition includes new information pertinent to currenteducation and practice and addresses issues and concerns of great interest to students choosingamong different types of programs, schools, firms, and architectural career paths.Roger K. Lewis, apracticing architect and educator, takes a hard look at the education of the architect as he coverssuch topics as curriculum content, pedagogical theories and methods, program and faculty types, theadmission process, internship, compensation, computer-aided design, and the culture of small andlarge firms. He tells how an architect works and gets work, and explains all aspects ofarchitectural services, from initial client contact to construction oversight.The author describesthe benefits of becoming an architect, including the opportunity to express oneself creatively, toimprove the environment, and to achieve notoriety. But he doesn't hesitate to show the otherside--the lack of steady work and appropriate compensation, the intensity of competition, therestrictions imposed by clients, and the high degree of anxiety and disillusionment among youngarchitects. Written in a clear, accessible style, the book is accompanied by the authorsoften-humorous illustrations and a valuable appendix.

  

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Review: Architect? a Candid Guide to the Profession, Revised Edition

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I wish I read this book before I started architecture school. Read full review

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Definitely a worthwhile exercise for anyone considering architecture as a profession. Read full review

Contents

Why Be an Architect?
3
Money and Lifestyle Social Status Fame Immortality Contributing
17
The Odds of Making It Lack of Work Competition Inadequate
27
Becoming an Architect
34
Experiencing Architectural School
61
Professors and What They Profess
89
After School What?
141
The Building Process and the Architects Role
165
How Architects Work
183
How Architects Get Work
213
ArchitectsClients
235
We Who Are Architects
255
Afterword
267
Copyright

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Roger K. Lewis is Professor at the University of Maryland School of Architecture.

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