Family Ties

Discussion (11)

  1. Fat Bob

    Tell him to become a plumber. Those guys are loaded and judging by the films I’ve seen, usually very popular with the ladies.

    • Jerry

      Did you hear about the plumber who was called to fix a leak at the doctor’s house? The two minute job cost $200. The doctor was aghast. “I don’t charge that much and I am a doctor.” The plumber replied, “I didn’t make that much when I was a doctor either. That’s why I became a plumber.”

  2. Kevin Burke

    What we’ve told them for over a decade is to find something they are passionate about. One is pursing a PT degree and the other works for a non-profit. I’m passionate most days as a landscape architect and my wife is passionate about the work she does to reduce 30-day re-admissions for Medicare patients.

  3. rekleiner

    Yes, sadly, I do believe that becoming a doctor would have been easier and more rewarding than becoming a licensed architect.

  4. Tony

    If my kid is anything like me, I know two things for sure: 1. Nothing will stop him/her from pursuing design. 2. Nothing I say will stop him/her from doing anything.

  5. Tim Berneche

    The grass is always greener…

  6. DavidK

    I neither encouraged nor discouraged my children from going into architecture. None of them chose to do so, having had a front row seat to observe the effects of such a choice.

  7. Random Architect

    The one thing I don’t like about this comic is how self-degrading it is. I feel like I’m one of the only architects around who LOVES what he does, and while I don’t make a ton of money, I come from a super poor background and being the first generation of my family to get college educated and get a professional job, I make more than anyone in the preceding generation of my family. I suppose it’s all relative, if you’re the child of a rich lawyer and doctor, then yes what you will make as an architect probably looks like a pile of shit, and that’s why you hate it. But for someone who rose up to the profession from poverty, it’s amazing. My son wants to be an architect, and I will help him if he still wants to when he’s college aged.

    • DKNY

      Well said. Architecture is enjoyable and rewarding regardless of the paycheque. If you prioritise earning power then by all means study law or medicine but I will encourage my children to pursue their passions and not an ever growing bank balance. Architecture may not pay as highly as other professions but it pays enough to live a happy life. If you spend your life comparing your lot with other people and professions you will never be happy regardless of what your occupation is. Your perceived success will always be relative. There is probably a comic strip somewhere with a nurse or teacher encouraging their children to study architecture. Instead of concerning yourself with other professions just do what you enjoy and enjoy what you do.

  8. E Architect

    At the core this strip is correct. Architecture is one of the most disproportionately underpaid and misunderstood professions out there – there are numerous studies, papers and even publications by the AIA that support the claim. It is easier to become a Medical Doctor than an Architect – really!
    Personally I became an Architect because, like Random above, I was the first in my artist filled family to graduate with the degree and by artist standards Architects are paid very well. I enjoy the creativity and that I am helping to make not only peoples’ lives better (like a doctor) but the world around them (unlike a doctor).

  9. DrafterJ

    I hate to say it, but I cant disagree with the core of this strip. I wanted to be an Architect in 7th grade, and I followed that dream for 15 years of school, work, and no-life.
    I found construction administration was far more my speed. And no 5 years for registration exam, and massive insurance fees, and frankly better pay.