Architecture School

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    Feb 18, 2010 10:42 PM GMT
    Can anyone who has either gone through the program or knows someone that has gone through the program, recommend a certain school.

    I would like to go somewhere in the south, I have also considered Colorado.

    I would real experiences with a school or program, not as much from hearsay, only because I would like to hear the good and the bad of the programs or schools.

    If anyone has information, it would be greatly appreciated to know your opinion.

    Thanks, ~P
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    Feb 19, 2010 3:41 AM GMT
    I'm just a landscape architect at VT, but I know we've a ballin' 5 year program. If you don't mind a gay community either invisible or defined by LGBTA its awesome. All my friends are great, awesome, and accept me. There are a ton of clubs. I'm personally part of the Ultimate Frisbee team. There is club soccer, lacrosse, inter-murals, epic triathlon people. There's hiking places. We've a first rate arch which is 4th this year nationally. Used to be #1, but don't know how much that matters to you. But yeah, I can answer your questions about the program if you got any, shoot me a message if I don't reply to this.
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    Feb 19, 2010 3:44 AM GMT
    I know Yale is good. I think most of the art schools have good programs.
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    Feb 19, 2010 4:24 AM GMT
    Yeah Woodbury University in California it's a small private school but it's way awesome and has a great program
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    Feb 19, 2010 4:34 AM GMT
    Arizona State University has a decent one

    http://herbergerinstitute.asu.edu/
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    Feb 19, 2010 4:34 AM GMT
    I went to Rice University for the B.Arch program. It is actually a 6 year program. 5 years of academic study and 1 year of internship at a respected architecture office. The tuition is much lower compared to other schools in the same tier. Rice is a small school and the campus is lovely. The architecture school itself has a good mix of people. Some people are turned off by the fact that Rice is located in Houston but I enjoyed my time there...Yes the summers are unbearable but it is an affordable city with a lot of opportunities. There is a relatively vibrant gay community in the city and within the student body at Rice. I would definitely recommend checking it out!
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    Feb 19, 2010 4:41 AM GMT
    Wentworth Institute of Technology has n outstanding program. It is in Boston so its not the south but its is ranked in the top 50 of arch programs in the world. I dont remember its exact number though.
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    Feb 19, 2010 5:32 AM GMT
    A wonderful friend went to Virginia Tech.
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    Feb 19, 2010 5:38 AM GMT
    my boyfriend went to the university of miami and got a great post grad education. did some semesters abroad. reflects very positively on the experience.
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    Feb 19, 2010 5:43 AM GMT
    I went to Portland State University.....


    One of the first major questions I think you should ask yourself is what type of architecture school do you want to go to? There are more technically based programs and more conceptual programs. My school was on the far end of the conceptual spectrum... So math wasn't as big of a requirement in terms of studio. Also, there are schools (such as University of Texas-Austin) that have great design build programs. One of my professors, Sergio Palleroni, used to run the design build program there.. You can actually find some of his stuff he did with students on You-tube. Oh.. and start practicing not sleeping right now. lol
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    Feb 19, 2010 6:02 AM GMT
    How south do you want to go? ;-) My BF went to the University of Tasmania's School of Architecture. People seem to like it there.
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    Feb 19, 2010 6:52 AM GMT
    There wouldn't be many further south than that icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 19, 2010 7:32 AM GMT
    The University of Texas at Austin is the top ranked public school in Architecture and Austin is a fun and gay friendly town.
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    Feb 19, 2010 7:46 AM GMT
    Just go to the one that works out financially and logistically. Your talent will not diminish or enlarge because of which school you go to. Michaelangelo didn't have to take a course to determine the size of David's ..um..proportions. He instinctively knew what was right, and what was too wrong. The real talent is in the heads of the architects out there designing in the real world, not in the heads of those who can only teach about it. It's either a talent that you have and that the school will legitimize for future employers, or it's a time to consider dental school maybe. I should have been an architect. I had the talent, but fate had other plans. Oh wait, I'm not dead yet! Hmmm.
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    Feb 19, 2010 8:15 AM GMT
    iI did my masters in architecture at georgia tech in atlanta in '01. I cant say a masters in architcture was particularly helpful, it was all too conceptual for my liking. architecure is a service industry and school never seem to recognize that. gravity itself was optional, and clients didnt exist. i didnt care much for atlanta so i left, 2 days after gradiation never to return.

    make sure your program is recongized by NCARB, so that when you pursue your license, they recognize and give you the credits you deserve.

    see how long the program is, what it costs, speak to students in the program if possible.good luck.


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    Feb 19, 2010 9:25 AM GMT
    sundayswim saidiI did my masters in architecture at georgia tech in atlanta in '01. I cant say a masters in architcture was particularly helpful, it was all too conceptual for my liking. architecure is a service industry and school never seem to recognize that. gravity itself was optional, and clients didnt exist. i didnt care much for atlanta so i left, 2 days after gradiation never to return.

    make sure your program is recongized by NCARB, so that when you pursue your license, they recognize and give you the credits you deserve.

    see how long the program is, what it costs, speak to students in the program if possible.good luck.




    I've always thought of architecture school to be the process to develop critical creative thinking.. not to bound yourself with rules that you will have to in real life. I think pushing the creative mentality is much more difficult, than figuring out a design that is most cost effective. The out of the box, conceptual thinking is something that isn't pushed in schools.. so I really appreciated going to a super conceptual school..
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    Feb 19, 2010 10:48 AM GMT
    Both Rice University and the University of Texas at Austin have sterling reputations for serious architectural education. Both, also, have enormous resources as universities. Those resources, like the architectural library at UT and the Harry Ransom Center make a difference.

    As others have pointed out, UT is the top rated public university for architecture.

    Yale, Harvard, and Columbia all have extraordinary programs in architecture. In particular Yale and Columbia excel at architectural scholarship as an adjunct to professional practice.

    SciArc in Los Angeles has an interesting program and has produced a great deal of innovation.

    I might suggest you set up an account on Architizer where you can, perhaps, gather more information.
  • Csrobbie2000

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    Feb 19, 2010 4:10 PM GMT
    I have a few friends going to SciArc (Southern California Institute of Architecture), and they seem to do quite well after they graduated (3 of them are currently working for Frank Gehry) . I also heard Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has a pretty good architechture program.
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    Feb 20, 2010 4:51 AM GMT
    Thank you guys for replying. I have spent so much time researching my head hurts. Then I turned to you guys for some advice. I really needed it.

    Actually two of you wrote schools I have been considering previously. I have really been looking at the University of Texas at Austin.

    I hate applying for new schools. Then there is the big worry with "Did you get in or not." I have been going to school for Engineering, which is not something that is too enjoyable. My professors say that engineering is not for design it is only the workability of the substance. It really gets old after a while.

    Another thing I need to address I guess is your opinions on what to do about the bf?

    He says that he will not make a move with me to where ever I might get in. We have been together for over four years. I relationship is not perfect; we go through our rough times just like any other couple.

    What should I do? Do I make a move on my own and hope that I can deal with the stresses of not having support or should I stay here and try to make this relationship work first? I am lost as to what I need to do.

    I really want to make a good career for myself...