Job with industrial buildings specialist firm


Today I had my 1st job offer out of college with a firm that specialises in industrial buildings. I am looking to spend 2-3 years working in practice before I go back to school for the MArch. Do you reckon it is a good idea to work for a firm like this straight out of college? Do I run the danger of getting pigeonholled too early in my career because of the specialism of the firm and not being able to get work with traditional architecture practices in the future? Another question I have is whether this type of work(industrial) is more busy and profitable for architects versus other sectors, guaranteeing steady flow of incoming work and job security? Please let me know, thanks for your time.

May 18, 17 7:54 pm
Non Sequitur
Take the job and be a superstar. Draw out all the training you can and you'll be miles above your fellow graduate school colleagues
May 18, 17 8:38 pm

One thing that annoys me is that they worked exclusively with Sketchup and Autocad, while I have spend so much time learning Revit to make myself employable. If I take the job it will be a huge step back for me software-wise. I just can't imagine how they are able to deliver and coordinate large projects with Sketchup. I keep thinking that the process would be extremely arduous.

Non Sequitur
This is your first job. The extensive software skills you claim to have are nothing when compared with project experience. Anyone can learn what butons to press, but very few can coordinate projects.

A seasoned architect could likely make a good CD set using minesweeper, excell, and discarded beer coasters. Probably faster too.
May 19, 17 9:03 pm

Remember back in the industrial age when we did it all with pencils?


mariosk, congratulations on your job offer. Industrial is too dry, glamourless, too technical, too uncommon maybe. However, if you manage to specialise in this field, you will gain skills and knowledge which are even less common. Many architects tend to stay away from industrial, and that will make you even more marketable. Just imagine, you will gain knowledge about manufacturing processes which might include robot cells, positive pressure rooms, overhead cranes, etc.

May 23, 17 4:31 pm

I'll echo what Non Sequitur said: you have no idea how much you don't know until you start your first job.  Hands-on experience with real projects is invaluable, no matter the sector.  

May 23, 17 4:40 pm

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