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alexisjeffri

I am finishing up community college and about to start uni in the fall at Arizona State to get my bachelors in Architectural studies (MArch after that). I took architecture and engineering classes all throughout high school so I do know a little about programs and design, but since that was 2 years ago I feel nervous I won't know what I am doing or my designs won't be good compared to others. I am wondering how I can possibly learn and get better before I start and what to expect my classes to be like. 

Thank you!

 
Apr 2, 21 6:15 pm
proto

there will be time for throwing yourself into work for classes

my tip: remember to keep your body healthy (keep regular hours; exercise; eat quality foods; burn stress off in a healthy way) & make time for your mental health

Apr 2, 21 7:29 pm  · 
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caramelhighrise

I wish I did this.

Apr 4, 21 10:19 pm  · 
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senjohnblutarsky

8 years of school for an architecture job? My first boss actually went 9.  Thought that was nuts.  


If I'm throwing out tips: is there an avenue to a professional degree that isn't going to require a masters? 

Apr 5, 21 8:53 am  · 
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alexisjeffri

I've always been told that for architecture you need to get a masters degree in order to get a job anywhere "good". Plus the bachelors program at ASU isn't accredited by the NAAB only the master program :/, so I'm not too sure if just getting a bachelors would be sufficient.

Apr 5, 21 11:22 am  · 
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senjohnblutarsky

I guess that all depends on what you define as good. My undergrad program (Virginia Tech) sends people to starchitect firms and sends people to regular production jobs. I'm in a production job, reasonably high ranked in the structure of things, and pretty happy with where I am. But, this is coming out of an accredited program. I'm just asking if there is a program that gets you to where you want to be, without having you in school for 8 years total (including your comm college work). School isn't cheap, and the pay isn't great early on.

Apr 5, 21 1:06 pm  · 
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atelier nobody

The industry in North America is moving in the direction of requiring a masters (as it already does in most of Europe), but you can still do OK with a B.Arch.

Apr 5, 21 1:46 pm  · 
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alexisjeffri

@senjohnblutarsky the only other university that has an accredited program in Arizona (want to stay in-state because of in-state tuition) is UofA which is a 5 year program for only a bachelors degree :(. While a bachelors + master will take me 6 years at ASU.

Apr 5, 21 2:05 pm  · 
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senjohnblutarsky

I have seen zero evidence in the world of hiring that says the market is "moving in the direction of requiring a masters". All anyone cares is if you have an avenue towards licensure or not. I'm involved in candidate evaluation. Don't care if someone has a masters. (I really don't even care what school they went to, unless it's known for producing turds). I'm looking at work, and the person to see what they can do. If they industry moves towards requiring a masters, we've done actual qualification a disservice and replaced it with a piece of paper.

Apr 5, 21 3:38 pm  · 
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atelier nobody

You'll never make it through university on tips - you'll need a much better source of funding. Unless, of course, you're a really good exotic dancer, in which case your tips will probably cover you.

Apr 5, 21 1:41 pm  · 
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