The Architecture Bug II

Discussion (12)

  1. Joe

    Did she hike up her skirt or something between panels 2 and 3?
    And where did those sunglasses come from?

    I would have said it was a different person.

  2. joearchnj

    After I told my parents that I wanted to be an architect, seemingly ever time we went out to eat, someone I’d never met before came up to our table and said “I hear you want to be an architect. Don’t do it.” Didn’t listen.

  3. Matt

    My Brother-In-Law is an architect. He warned me. I did not listen.

  4. Random Architect

    I get self-depreciating humor, but do people in the profession really hate it this much? I love being an architect.

  5. T

    I have a love/hate relationship. Love the challenge, hate the babysitting and low compensation.

  6. David

    Got a drafting degree in 1981.
    Decided not to pursue an architecture degree at that time.
    I have worked in almost every aspect of residential construction and am now certified to inspect and review plans.
    Decided to go for the architecture degree.
    After one year of classes I dropped out. I cannot work with people who tell me architects don’t need to worry about codes, properties of materials, and won’t teach the software they require you to use.
    Beginning to think I was smarter in ’81 than I was recently. Shouldn’t have wasted my time.

    As a draftsman though I have had to redraw plans done by architects which got paid much more for the incorrect plans than I got for the corrected ones… which is annoying, but less so than the coursework.
    I cannot imagine going through the internship now.

    • Phlox

      When I was in school, the first couple years were spent learning the design process, basically dreaming and brainstorming without constraints. The real world professional practice stuff (materials, structures, specs) came later. Most programs expect we’ll learn the (local) codes once we’re employed. For better or worse, architecture is a design degree geared toward kids straight out of high school.

    • Flit

      I agree with Phlox, If schools bothered to teach codes, it would have been a waste of time, I would have learned BOCA which would have been obsolete by the time I graduated. many changes even in the IBC each cycle. Not to mention NFPA101. Really that is why we need to Intern after school. The important part is knowing generally how to understand how they are written and where to locate the information vs. what the actual information is for a given code year. And as an Architect, I have had to correct a lot of “residential designers”/drafters work who bailed on projects after the first round of permit review.

    • David

      You are probably correct, it is geared toward kids right out of school. Having been in the industry as long as I have (over 30 years) I cannot even comprehend drawing a plan without ensuring that the codes are used/met.

      My first, and largest gripe, was when it came to software. I took a year course in AutoCAD and cannot say I am proficient in it. When my instructors (who could not agree on software, one said SketchUp is important another called it a toy that shouldn’t be used) would require me to use a certain software I asked if they were going to teach how to use it, and got told to “look up videos on YouTube”. Why was I paying thousands to be told to look it up on YouTube?

      Yes, Out of high school I probably wouldn’t have had a problem. But now, just cannot think that way.

  7. Guy Smiley

    My uncle is, too, and I got my first internship through him. It was awesome, since I got to live and work in Germany for a summer.
    I don’t regret the choice to enter this profession, but as I approach licensure (finally), I really hope it makes a significant difference in my marketability.

  8. Flit

    I keep trying to get my intern to get out of Architecture by not paying him

  9. Grammarchitect

    Thank you for your great posts, I am a regular reader. I just want to point out a typo in the third panel where you have two (he). Kindly note that I am not good in English so please don’t be harsh on my errors.