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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This book, though outdated, offered tremendous insight and perspective on the profession of Architecture. It covered every detail from every angle, and Roger K Lewis is an exceptional writer.


Why Be an Architect?
Money and Lifestyle Social Status Fame Immortality Contributing
The Odds of Making It Lack of Work Competition Inadequate
Becoming an Architect
Experiencing Architectural School
Professors and What They Profess
After School What?
The Building Process and the Architects Role
How Architects Work
How Architects Get Work
We Who Are Architects

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

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