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My prof...</p> Architecture / Interior Architecture grahwanji 2016-05-03T14:29:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T11:01:08-04:00 <p>Hi everyone,</p><p>Actually i was wondering since i have graduated 2 months ago, From interior architecture, (Bachelor Degree).That if it's possible for me to make my masters degree education in Architecture ?. I don't know why i feel myself automatically following buildings news and loving to read about them more than interior architecture projects.&nbsp;</p><p>If not, is it possible that maybe in the future if i had my own firm, that i can work in architecture after good experience from architectural firms ?</p><p>I'm so much wondering !</p> ARE order of exams. Thoughts? tduds 2016-05-02T17:01:11-04:00 >2016-05-03T12:50:17-04:00 <p>First off, the good news: I took my first ARE in April (Structural Systems) and passed! Such a relief! 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Any ideas?</p> Computer Science or Architecture? confusedtky0 2016-05-01T21:25:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T22:16:49-04:00 <p>Im a 21 year old student. I did a year in BA Architecture at a good university in the UK and passed the year but then I decided to drop out and do BSc Computer Science at a bad university in the UK. Well it's not bad but it isn't good. I'm about to finish first year of BSc Computer Science but I'm confused.</p><p>I don't know whether to continue with Architecture or Computer Science. I LOVE Architecture way more than Computer Science but when it comes down to my grades, I excelled in Computer Science whereas I did mediocre in my first year of Architecture. I have the option to continue onto second year of either Architecture or Computer Science but I don't know which one to do at all...&nbsp;</p><p>I was thinking to either go down the Architecture route completely, the Computer Science route completely, or try and combine both fields? If so, how would I go about this? I've heard that architects who can program are sought after nowadays as it's apparently the future of architecture? (Sorry if I'm wrong...</p> Phd Programs in the US p_9029 2016-05-01T12:51:00-04:00 >2016-05-01T12:51:40-04:00 <p>I'm an international Masters student planning to apply to US architecture PhD programs. I went to a top school in my country and have good grades, considerable assistantship experience. I'd like to do my PhD in Architectural Technology, Building Design or Architectural Engineering.</p><p>- What are top schools in the US in these areas?</p><p>- What GRE score do I need to be competitive in these schools?</p><p>- I've done some research of my own, of course. I have found out that Harvard, MIT, Princeton and Berkeley have good programs that might be suitable for me. But I can't find any programs in New York. Can you recommend some good schools in NY that offer these types of programs?</p><p>Thanks.</p> UofT undergrad vs Waterloo Undergrad architecture, which is better? favour1998 2016-05-01T11:34:00-04:00 >2016-05-03T10:38:03-04:00 <p>I just got accepted to these two programs, I have always wanted to go to U of T, however, I have not heard good things about their architecture undergrad program. I would like to go to waterloo, but i keep hearing that it's so hard and competitive, plus the location is very ugly and boring, which is mainly what is throwing me off.</p> second interview?/ san diego junior designer avg salary? ine433 2016-05-01T04:31:52-04:00 >2016-05-01T12:31:43-04:00 <p>I interviewed for a junior designer/drafter position around 3 weeks ago and it went very well. 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