This Is Real Life

Discussion (8)

  1. Lauren

    When I was in school we would ask about code and the response was you’ll learn that in your co-op/internship. During our internships when we ask about codes, the response was you should have learned that in school.

  2. Really

    Pretty snarky comment for Mr. Perfect Architect. I am sure he never made any mistakes. Take off your cape.

  3. Will Design for Food

    At Wisconsin’s 16 technical colleges, we teach the design and theory aspects of architecture as well as the current CAD and BIM software *and* the technical classes such as detailing and building codes. The next time you’re looking for a well-rounded intern, call up the faculty at your local technical college for some recommendations and get ready to be surprised.

  4. Central Standard

    Sounds like every year it’s the same restroom….

  5. SMH

    What’s worse is when the principal is trying to scrunch down the restrooms well below the size required by ADA…when they are the one person in the office closest to needing the accessibility. They also tend to undersize everything they can, not just restrooms when they have the largest office in the building.

  6. Riss

    And yet… NCARB is looking into licensure upon graduation? My undergrad made sure we knew codes, my grad school ignored them to the point of stupidity.

    • RamaFan

      I think some of this depends on the school you went to. Grad programs often have undergrad degrees that have ‘extra time’ to cover codes, details, etc… The five year undergrad programs don’t have time for this in the curriculum.

      I have a five-year degree and we had so many required courses we were not allowed to take electives or get a minor. I went three summers because I had to take two extra classes to ‘catch-up’ with ones some people took in college prep classes. The curriculum was so packed my Structures-III professor required us to make up classes HE missed.

      We had no required CAD, BIM, code, or drawing classes. They threw the project at you and said ‘get it done’…if you didn’t know how to draw or use CAD or build a model you better learn quick. They expected you to know certain things and if you didn’t they weren’t going to hold you hand; you had to learn on the fly and get it done.

      Funny fact: My college is one of the top ten undergrad architecture programs in the country. We have a 65% pass rate on the ARE for graduates….which I’m told is fairly good.

  7. E Architect

    The entire process is random chance – no two fresh graduates will have the same breath of knowledge. They may have different base skills, had different teachers, gone to different schools, had different summer jobs or even expect different things from Architecture.

    However there are some BASIC skills and GENERAL knowledge that everyone needs to have in order to function in Architecture. It can be a surprise when someone makes it all the way through their education and never been exposed to it… but it does happen.

    If school was just like “real life” I think fewer people would enter the profession but because it is not we must all live with the output from those schools. Consider that NCARB.