If you decide to study architecture, it's important to understand that it is a creative and intellectual journey. When getting an architecture degree you won't just design buildings. It's really about exploring ideas that shape our world today – like how different cultures use space or what values make up an ideal community. The experience of attending an architecture program can be highly benefited by everyone who participates in this incredible educational opportunity!
Here are 10 reasons why you should get an architecture degree.
1. To Become a Brilliant Problem Solver.
Acquiring technical skills to solve design problems will make you a superhero!
An architecture degree teaches you to take a pile of data and information and interpret it to inform how to design a building or solve a problem.
The answers never come right away; they come through investigation of the problem and many many versions of trial and error until arriving at a perfect solution.
This is called the design process.
The same design process and logic used to design a building can be used to solve many problems that have nothing to do with architecture.
Once you learn and discover what your design process is, it will change how you approach problems in all areas of life. The technical skills used to solve design problems are the same ones you use to solve problems in everyday life.
2. To Travel The World
Everyone who studies architecture must travel to explore how people live in other parts of the world.
I’ll even argue that people don’t even know what architecture is until they have gotten out of their bubble and visited buildings on the other side of the world to see how other people live and interact with their environments.
Traveling is a requirement for every aspiring designer.
3. Because you love to make things.
In design school, you are constantly making and producing things.
Sketches, Drawings, models, renderings, 3d computer drawings, paintings, collages, photographs, portfolios, resumes, good ideas – the list goes on and on.
It also allows you to use that passion of creating. Students often find themselves so focused in the process of making, they lose track of time and the rest of the world. Staying up all night with intensity and focus
4. To make great friends and meet some AMAZING people.
The people you go to architecture school with quickly become your family, because you’re all in this together. You’ll spend more time with them then anyone else in your life. Some of the most important people in my life are the people who I went to architecture school with.
Regardless of where you live, you will meet LOTS OF PEOPLE when you study architecture.
5. To think outside the box.
Architecture courses are all about looking at problems from many different angles. Its not about getting from point A to point B. Its ALL about the journey that students go on to arrive at the destination.
I struggled my whole life in school until I landed myself in architecture school. Once I did, for the first time in my academic life, I felt like I was rewarded for my creative ideas, rather than being punished for not following instructions.
6. Discover what you are capable of.
The amount of personal growth that happens during the years of architecture school is mind blowing! Students enter as freshman totally intimidated by the work that thesis students are producing, and 5 years later they themselves are producing the same amount of work.
Everyone is capable of sooo much more than they think they are. Architecture school is an amazing opportunity to test your limits of what you think is possible.
7. To become an Architect.
If you want to become an Architect, have your own design firm, stamp drawings and see your buildings get built, then architecture school is the first step of the process.
Becoming a Licensed Architect (in America), is a 3 part process of: the proper education, on the job experience hours and passing the Architect Registration Exam.
On average it takes about 13 years from when students first begin architecture school, until they are a licensed architect. It took me 15 years.
Getting an architecture education and learning how to design as the first phase of your training as an architect. Phase two begins when you graduate and enter the architecture profession and start learning how to practice architecture on real construction projects. .
8. To Help Figure Out What You Want to do with your life.
Often people start architecture school and quickly realize that architecture isn’t for them but get very clear understanding about what they should be doing. Maybe its graphic design, engineering, computer programming, art or whatever.
The intensity of architecture school helps people get very clear and discover what they should be doing with their lives, even if it isn’t architecture.
I went to school with a guy, who after his first year in the architecture program he realized it wasn't for him. However during that time he discovered graphic design was his true passion. Studying Architecture was just an act of discovery in itself–a step towards finding out what he was really passionate about!
9. To Have Fun!
Architecture school is a ton of fun! Traveling the world, meeting cool architecture people, staying up all night, working really hard alongside your best friends and always testing the limits.
Some people (myself included) never wanted architecture school to end because it was soo much fun.
10. Studying Architecture Will Change Your Life.
It will change how you see the world and ultimately change your life. You will graduate as a drastically different person then when you started. Except for architecture friends, no one will really understand what you went through during your years at architecture school.
Architecture school isn’t easy and it’s not supposed to be. The purpose of architecture school is to create strong, dynamic, smart , well rounded graduates who are ready to move into the next phase of becoming an architect.
The Bottom Line About Deciding to Study Architecture
So, if you’re still undecided on what to study in university, or maybe you just want a change of pace from your current course, consider architecture. It may seem like an impossible dream but it can definitely be achieved with hard work and dedication. I believe that if you study architecture will change your life for the better and we hope you take this opportunity to find out for yourself.
If you want to know more about choosing architecture as a career, the best book I can recommend is called Architect? A Candid Guide to the Profession. It paints a very realistic picture for those considering going into architecture school or getting their first job as a professional in this field of work and gives tips on what not only aspiring architects need to know, but also how they should prepare themselves.