Practical Experience: An Architecture Student's Guide to Internship and the Year Out

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Routledge, 2005 - Architecture - 221 pages
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The year out, or internship, in a professional practice can be the most rewarding experience in an architectural student's education. It can also be a shock to the system to find that architectural working practices are very different to architectural study. This book provides a beginner's guide to professional practice and a step-by-step guide on how to find the placement that best suits your goals. It is the fourth title in the successful 'Seriously Useful Guides...' series.

In order to give you a real insight into professional experience, this guide includes real
life case studies from students who have been through the experience and from practices that have taken them on. It guides you through the steps of finding a placement, outlines the norms and expectations for internship in different countries, and discusses codes of office behavior and professional ethics. Contemporary architectural
practices are becoming increasingly diverse and this guide outlines some Practical experience/Internship choices, providing cases studies of award wining firms that offer practical experience. These case studies range from conventional practices based on the art of building, to practices based on digital media or contemporary urbanism. Finally, the term 'critical practice' is becoming increasingly important, and the book provides some definitions and examples of critically based architectural practices.

* Provides a valuable step-by-step guide on how to make the most of your time in practice
* Prepares you for what to expect from an office and lets you know what an office expects from you
* Includes interviews with students, professionals and tutors who have been through the experience, to give you the best, first hand, advice

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1 Introduction
Where to Go
Case Studies
How to Get There

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Igor Marjanoviæ is Assistant Professor of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, USA. Together with Katerina Ruedi Ray, he is Principal of ReadyMade Studio, an interdisciplinary art and design practice, which was one of ten selected exhibitors in the architectural exhibition Ten Visions: Chicago Architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago. Marjanovic's research focuses on the history of design pedagogy. His essays about Alvin Boyarsky's pedagogical work appeared in anthologies such as Chicago Architecture (University of Chicago Press, 2005) and Critical Architecture (Routledge, 2007). Marjanovic has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and Iowa State University (ISU), where he also served as Interim Director of Undergraduate Studies (UIC) and Director of the Core Design Program (ISU). He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and completed his diploma thesis at the Moscow Architectural Institute. He also received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was awarded the UIC/Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill scholarship.

Katerina Rüedi Ray is the Director of the School of Art at Bowling Green State University. From 1996 to 2002 she was the Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She studied architecture at the Architectural Association in London, UK and has a masters and a doctoral degree in architecture from the University of London, UK. She has taught architectural design and theory at the Architectural Association, The Bartlett School and Kingston University, UK before taking up the position at UIC in 1997 and at BGSU in 2002. Her work as an architect has won various European design awards; as an artist she has exhibited work in the UK and Italy. As an academic she has acted as a visiting professor, critic and lecturer at European and north-American architecture and art schools. Her research focuses on design, art and architectural education, interdisciplinarity and identity politics.

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