Dear Future Architects
Dear Future Architects,
I've always said Architecture is a "Love-Hate Relationship." It is so in two aspects: being in it or being outside of it.
We all know of someone who started in architecture school thinking they'd like it but instead hated it enough to completely switch majors. I know after my first semester at NYIT, the studio slimmed considerable. Their hate over came their supposed love for it. Therefore they remain outside of architecture.. Probably with a new found respect for it though.
Conversely we also know or are personally in a love-hate relationship with architecture ourselves as we speak. There are moments of frustration such as learning a new tool or task, a feeling of discontent over a design problem or maybe reliance on a team that just isn't working well together. Even as a registered architect, this can and still does occur. (While practicing architecture, you're likely to also experience challenging clients and contractors.) But all in all, you remain in love and the passion you hold keeps you progressing.
The difficult moments make the victories that much more sweet. Reaching a completed phase of design, being awarded a new project after a lengthy proposal process or having that viola moment when the best design scheme jumps out at you- these are the small wins.
It's just something about design, buildings & construction. I just love it. This creative technical art lured me in some 14 years ago during HS and I continue to be ever intrigued by where it will take me next. With the complex problems being created in society today, a new creative way of thinking is evolving. So future architect: Stick with it! You're needed more than you realize.
An architect that achieved a dream by becoming one..
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4/13/2016 08:04:52 am
Jared, I complete agree with the sentiment you wrote about here. It's definitely a 'love-hate relationship' I think many of us have with the profession. But for all of the headaches, I couldn't see myself doing anything else except architecture.
9/8/2019 08:37:36 pm
12/6/2021 07:27:04 am
Excellent article! Your post is essential today. Thanks for sharing, by the way.
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