Most in-demand skills + grad school


hello all,

what are the most in-demand skills now+next few years? BIM management? computational/parametric design? real-estate business knowledge? 

Whatever that is, I'd like to focus on it for graduate school. I'd love to hear everyone's graduate programs recommendations for this purpose. I have a 5 year professional B.Arch from the USA and do not want all of my graduate studies to be studio-only. My interests are large-scale projects+work in a big office, so something along the lines of innovative facades, structural systems in combination with some urban planning. 

Location-wise I'd like to be in either Japan or USA, but Europe is fine also. I am fluent in Japanese and English. 

Mar 23, 20 11:52 am

I would focus on what interests you most rather than catering to what the market deems as most in-demand. If you are interested in building sciences and urban planning, USC has strong departments for both so I'd look into their programs. USC Price School of Policy and Planning has been top 5 consistently. 

UPenn is also well known for their planning program that I can think of on top of my head. 

There's some great facade specialists in LA that work with USC studios. Plus LA has plenty of large corporate offices to choose from after your done with your program.

Jul 30, 20 10:17 am  · 
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Since the topic is quite vast, I would add something to your interests only;

"My interests are large-scale projects+work in a big office, so something along the lines of innovative facades, structural systems in
combination with some urban planning"

Since you're interested in working on large scale projects, it is necessary  to know BIM. But that's just a tool. you need to start learning about the various complex functions of buildings and start building your profile by working in large scale firms. Now, for facades and structural systems- computational comes into play. you could go on lines to learn programming (and build your own plugins) and integrate the workflow with Rhino- Grasshopper- Revit. Thats what big firms have started integrating. You could go on to become a highly skillful architect equipped with new skills that the world requires. Again the domains are environmental designer, facade designer, Programmer (to operate robots), bio-mimicry, new materials and new structural systems.
Skills like leading a team, Good communication and Project management would also help as it will help you to lead teams- if you are aiming to stick in a firm for a long run.

there are numerous programs in US for the same.

Jul 30, 20 12:05 pm  · 

BIM and computational design, computer programming skills will set you apart. There are too many designers that can push pull a sketchup model.

Jul 30, 20 12:37 pm  · 

I'd seriously suggest hand drawing skills in addition. That will set you apart from someone who's brought in to do the grasshopper / revit / etc. You want to be able to speak to the designer in charge who uses a pen as well as one that uses a mouse.

Jul 30, 20 12:39 pm  · 

Coincidentally I just heard Michelle Obama say this (in her new podcast): 

"Schools don't show you the world. Schools show you the careers."

She meant it as a failing of school. Learn the world. It's much more interesting.

Jul 30, 20 12:46 pm  · 
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Now I'm off to listen to her new podcast while getting through some menial drafting. Thanks for the reminder!


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