Unsure If I Should Go Into Architecture



I am a high school student, and figured I should start taking a serious look at careers to pursue. I have always loved building and design. This started from Lego's as a kid, to building houses in Minecraft, to now taking an Architectural Design class in which we are designing homes in CAD in high school.

But, I am unsure if going into architecture is right for me, or even more so if architecture school is right for me. I have done some research and it seems like many schools do not emphasize the building of actual structures, and that it is more of an art school, and the things made often do jot even reflect buildings. I am not saying these things are bad, and in fact I would say they help with creativity, but it is not what I would enjoy. 

That being said, I DO enjoy coming up with creative designs--just mostly on buildings. I don't want to be copying an Architect's plans onto CAD software either, though I really do like CAD. I have looked into careers related to architecture as well such as structural engineering, but I am unsure if that is what fits me, as they do not handle the design of the structure most of the time from what I understand. 

Are there other careers related to architecture I should know about? Are there acreddited schools that deal mostly with design of buildings


May 10, 19 11:58 pm

CAD  architecture

May 11, 19 5:20 pm

I am aware, but creating original designs in CAD software kind of is in a way


Sorry, posted my previous comment before I was done. Sure, CAD is not the same as architecture, but because I am creating unique designs in CAD I am wondering if architecture may be a good path to pursue.


If you don't like CADing, then you're probably going to find the first few years of employment after graduation absolutely dreadful. GL OP


I'm in the same boat as you except I'm not in high school anymore what I'm trying to do is take the engineering exams the Fe and then the PE and going to apply to get my license

May 11, 19 6:01 pm

Can engineers, say for example a structural engineer, design buildings as well? From what I understand they mostly work with the structural systems and such and less the design, but is it possible?


architectural engineering, and dont listen to jawknee, at all.....


If you enjoy 'design' then pursue architecture. However, set realistic expectations and do not romanticize the profession of an architect. It is not as glamorous as one would think.

May 13, 19 1:17 pm

Save yourself tons of grief. Get a civil engineering degree with a concentration in structures from an ABET accredited school. Work a few years at a very generous starting salary and get your PE degree and then make a decision about graduate school in architecture. My guess is that by then you will be glad you dodged the bullet and be happy in the CE field. 

May 16, 19 9:14 am

Don't Just Do It!

May 17, 19 9:51 pm

Architecture is a really fulfilling career. 

The pay is not as good as other professions requiring similar levels of education. However, I can't imagine another career that gives one the balance of creative and technical elements, problem solving, and cultural and social engagement as architecture.

You could try to attend a school that conforms with your current strengths - more technicaly oriented (Cal poly San Luis Obispo, KU, Ohio State, etc) or challenge yourself with a more radical design school (sci Arc, east coast schools, AA), but the vast majority will give you a good balance. Maybe look into Rice, Tulane or Auburn for good design-build with balanced technical and design instruction. 

Michigan, IIT, Cincinnati are some other balanced programs.

Good to think about what degree path you want to pursue. 5 year professional vs undergrad + 2 or 3 year masters.

Do some googling. Check out NAAB and NCARB if you are posting from the USA. Try to find a local architects office to do an internship at. Good luck!

May 17, 19 10:23 pm

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