An Associate’s degree or more informal


I have been fascinated by architecture, its history, the math behind it, its form, function, and the creativity of it for as long as I can remember, but always from a distance. I have three degrees, but in history and education. I work in education, and when I taught math I even created an architectural study for my students that addressed the math concepts they were supposed to be learning. I have long since left the classroom and completed a doctorate but I continue to be drawn to architecture. As just a study of architecture, what would an associate’s degree provide me with that a more informal self-directed book study can’t? At this point I am not seeking a career change but I have often thought if I had it all to do a again I should have studied architecture instead. 

Jul 15, 19 6:08 pm

As far as I know, there's no such thing as an Associate degree in architecture. At that level, the best you're likely to find is a more tech focused program that will teach one to be a drafter. There may be some history programs but I've never heard of one.

Save your money and hit up a library. Or start with a Masterclass or similar online. I think Gehry has one?

Jul 15, 19 6:56 pm

You could find an associates in interior design, which, at the right institution would give you a glimpse into studio culture. If that doesn't fix your problem ten you may be right that you should have been an architect.

Jul 15, 19 7:49 pm
atelier nobody

There are AA degrees in Architecture - I know of a few junior colleges here in California that have both an Architectural Technology track, intended for CAD/BIM employment immediately on graduation, and an Architecture track for transfer to a 5- or 6-year Architecture school. In your case, however, since you don't plan on a career change, I don't see any reason either of those would be superior to self-directed study. There are many good books, blogs, podcasts, and YouTube channels, which you might then supplement with a few specific courses, but not the full AA program.

Good places to start are books by Francis D K Ching, any good History of Architecture book (Kostof is the one I am most familiar with), maybe some books by Rybczynski, Life of an Architect blog & podcast, maybe 30X40 Design Studio's YouTube Channel - then on down the rabbit hole those sources lead you to.

Jul 15, 19 8:44 pm

There are community colleges / junior college that offer AA degrees in Architecture. It just depends on where you live and how far of the community college you have to travel to. 

I prefer studying in person under a teacher and along side students myself. And the tuition rate should not be too expensive and the duration of study is not too long because it is a community college and towards an AA degree. But if you prefer to learn on your own through the net and by books, by all means.

Good luck, 

Jul 16, 19 9:15 am

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