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Architectural Ellipsis

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  • Entry Level ... with Experience

    I've been looking at job opportunities lately. I don't know if anything will come of it, but either way, I've been looking around. I seem to be noticing more and more postings that are advertising for "entry-level" positions, but have a list of requirements that makes me wonder if employers and applicants are really on the same page. 

    Some of the requirements don't really say that the applicant needs to have prior experience. Things like a list of computer programs that are requirements can go either way. Some people expect to pick those things up on the job with just a basic prior knowlege of how they work before beginning. Many programs can be learned during the normal course of one's architectural studies. Of course you start to wonder when they start to say things like the applicant must be "proficient" in ________. 

    The requirements that bother me more as they are listed for an entry-level position are the ones that reference that the applicant must have prior experience. I can understand that some words and terms (like "proficient" or "work independently") may have different meanings to different people, but when a posting states "entry-level" it sort of excludes the requirement to have prior experience ... right? 

    I'm ok with saying in the posting that prior work experience is a preference. Obviously some will take inexperience but would prefer someone who knows their way around a set of CDs. But when a firm lists a set of requirements, I understand that to mean that if an applicant does not meet all of the requirements listed, then his or her application is likely to be rejected. Requirements are a must, preferences are a plus.

    I could be off base here. I would welcome any comments from people on the other side of the job searching table. Are we even close to being on the same page? When you say "entry-level," what do you really mean? 

    You keep using that word ...


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  • Let's talk about ...

    As you might have gathered from the description in the sidebar, this blog is about the parts of the profession that we tend to gloss over, omit, or just don’t talk about; what I call an architectural ellipsis. Perhaps a few quick examples may be helpful in understanding what I mean. An...


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An ellipsis [...] is used to signal an omission, an unfinished thought, aposiopesis, or brief awkward silence. Architectural ellipses are those aspects of the profession we (perhaps intentionally) omit, gloss over, or let dwindle in silence. Generally applied this blog should encompass many aspects of the profession. Yet, as an intern architect I'll focus primarily on the architectural ellipses that occur in the internship process.

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