Any architect or student of architecture here....

  • chocolateeguy

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    Dec 11, 2013 1:30 PM GMT
    Lets see how many architects or designers are here in our gay world. icon_razz.gificon_razz.gificon_razz.gif
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    Dec 11, 2013 3:57 PM GMT
    Architect
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    Dec 11, 2013 4:53 PM GMT
    Architecture graduate (1969 B Arch from Univ of So Cal) but now retired from career in construction management and real estate.
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    Dec 11, 2013 5:03 PM GMT
    Designer
  • Destinharbor

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    Dec 11, 2013 8:03 PM GMT
    Was a student of Architecture in college but don't do it for a living. Kind of wish I could go back and take it up as a profession. Though just about every architect I've ever known warns to not become an architect!
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    Dec 11, 2013 11:11 PM GMT
    Architect here.. dont do it ... It sucks, especialy the past few years ! The degrees arent worst the investisment !

    Making more money, and enjoy my life in other way (art, web design, design, cook, ...) Archi have been mostly disappointing so far !
  • Lanter

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    Dec 11, 2013 11:19 PM GMT
    I design houses for fun and I have been spending the last 10 years researching and designing my dream house, but I'm not an architect and have no plans to become one. I am interested in the design elements of architecture, not pounds per square inch. I also know how to appreciate home construction quality, but that's a skill I developed after spending years familiarizing myself with industry build practices.
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    Dec 11, 2013 11:37 PM GMT
    HFrenchM saidArchitect here.. dont do it ... It sucks, especialy the past few years ! The degrees arent worst the investisment !

    Making more money, and enjoy my life in other way (art, web design, design, cook, ...) Archi have been mostly disappointing so far !


    I dont know what your experiences have been but as a senior architecture student myself i have the best impression for this profession!I know how civil engineers are clipping our wings off and how clients suck cause they have 0 ideas but take a moment and think what it have offered you so far.
    I believe it's not something anyone can do.It's for higly energetic and goal oriented people with creative spirits ;)
    I consider architects open minded artists with endless imagination who can succeed in any kind of design, like you said yourself,and not only, simply because the roots of everything is architecture.We might be no lifers but everytime i start a new project from scratch the feeling when you see it finally finished is just priceless..I say you're a bit harsh about it icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 12, 2013 2:28 AM GMT
    Senior architect student, means you arent fully into the architecture profetional world yet. It has been a big deception when I jumped into that world. Creativity and design is 5% of the job, otherwise is more administration work, and dealing with big comapny (have you heard abour Private Public Partnership... awefull). I might have an exception, private houses, is awesome, love working close to client, and be able to express myself... other than that, nowaday, everyone says how you should make you job. The profession changed more in the past decate, than in the last century.Actualy that's was the purpose of my thesis ! I also open my own company 2 years ago, and you just dont realize how much work and energy you have to put into it to make it work. I dont mind working 10-12 hours a day (cause thats the way it is in architecture),but only if I enjoy it. Means design, client contact, etc... not for administratif, of dealing with big corporations.

    Just want to let know people who are looking to be an architect, to consider all options first. Architect still has a very glamourous "image", but isnt the reality anymore.

    I might go back to Architecture, when I will have my own clients lists, for houses, and residential project. Achieving that by opening my work horizon to art, design and web design. But trust me, working 3 years on a hospitality or multiresidential project isnt fun, and it's more related to politic than atcual design.
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    Dec 12, 2013 2:38 AM GMT
    Urban planning. Graduating in May!
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    Dec 12, 2013 2:58 AM GMT
    Architecture graduating in may as well!
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    Dec 12, 2013 3:00 AM GMT
    Looks like architects looks good.. just sayin !icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
  • Lanter

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    Dec 12, 2013 3:09 AM GMT
    HotGlued saidI dont know what your experiences have been but as a senior architecture student myself i have the best impression for this profession!

    Lee21 saidUrban planning. Graduating in May!


    springboks9 saidArchitecture graduating in may as well!




    So then, which one of you is going to be willing to proof my house plans when the build time comes? ;)
  • MadeinMich

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    Dec 12, 2013 3:13 AM GMT
    HFrenchM saidArchitect here.. dont do it ... It sucks, especialy the past few years ! The degrees arent worst the investisment !

    Making more money, and enjoy my life in other way (art, web design, design, cook, ...) Archi have been mostly disappointing so far !


    +1. Amen brother. Just had to turn down a job from an asshole who wanted to pay me only $10 per hour. I've made more money than that at a goddamn telemarketing call center working along side crackheads and baby mamas.
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    Dec 12, 2013 3:23 AM GMT
    Yeaaah, I'm wondering where the good paying design jobs are. I'm out six months and already want a different job. I think they are all abroad in countries with great growth for multi-national companies or in the growing South. That's yet to be verified (could be total bull).

    Landscape Architect here.
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    HFrenchM how do you have your own company yet?/Do you need a license for that?

    I wish our professions took more risk. Then civil engineers wouldn't take all our money. When I open my own practice I hope to assume more risk than the typical firm and make mo money.

    Also WHATS UP Urban Planners.
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    Dec 12, 2013 3:45 AM GMT
    PGroove saidYeaaah, I'm wondering where the good paying design jobs are. I'm out six months and already want a different job. I think they are all abroad in countries with great growth for multi-national companies or in the growing South. That's yet to be verified (could be total bull).

    Landscape Architect here.
    First

    HFrenchM how do you have your own company yet?/Do you need a license for that?

    I wish our professions took more risk. Then civil engineers wouldn't take all our money. When I open my own practice I hope to assume more risk than the typical firm and make mo money.

    Also WHATS UP Urban Planners.


    In France you dont need an registred architect for building under 170 meters square. Basicaly, average size house can be built by anyone. SO most of us, in france, start that way, doing small architect projects (shops, houses, ...). On my way to get registred tho, even if I dont want to practice right know, but at least it will be done ! Moved to AUstralia, as I used to study here, but the situation is similar... all my archi friends wants to quit, and are underpaid. I earn twice more beeing a manager at the university (same job as I was a student), than being an architect. Actualy, some company asked me to work for free, after 7 years in the industry, including 3 years full time architect. So just fuck architecture, fuck that "romantic" image of being an architect, or those comments "wow thats such kewl job", no it is not !