(Closed) Any Architect bees?

posted 9 years ago in Career
Post # 3
3525 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

It is possible to get a job at a architecture firm without a degree. However, understandably much harder. You will most likely be just a drafter. Period.

I’m pretty sure you can go into a Masters program without an undergrad it will just be a different program than those who DO have a undergrad in Architecture.

What is your end goal? Do you just want to work in architecture or do you want to be licensed?

To be licensed you have to join the Intern Development Program; I’m assuming you are in the US? This is the case in almost all states. Which is a training program where you earn a series of training units. Your education (dependent on what kind) will give you x units. Average it takes someone with a bachelors or masters 3 or so years to complete the IDP.

Go HERE for more info.

Without a degree of any kind you have to have working experience that equates to almost ten years I believe.

What is your background?

It’s possible to earn training units while working at a construction company, engineering, landscaping, interior design, etc.

Can I ask what you think a job in architecture means to you? Many many people are disillusioned by the concept of being an architect. Many many people drop out within the first year of undergrad. I think it’s safe to say the average dropout rate is 60-70%.

Mrs. Gator is also a intern in Florida I believe. And I’m in NY State. There are  couple others around, I know.

Rules differ by state.

P.S. If you don’t plan to go into Undergrad/Masters I highly recommend taking a course at a technical school of some sort to learn AutoCAD or Revit. Without a education background or software skills in one of those programs your chances of getting hired are very slim.

Post # 4
488 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Hey.  Yes it is.  Several of my co-workers have done this.  One guy that I worked with several years ago went to the Harvard grad program with an undergrad degree in psychology 🙂

The most important thing when applying to architecture programs is your portfolio.  It doesn’t have to be full of architecture type things necessarily, but art type things, so they can tell you are design oriented and artistic.

You also will want to look into the cost.  Unfortunately, my co-workers who did M Arch programs all have lots of student loans.  Its a 3 or 3.5 year program and that adds up.  And you don’t make as much as an architect as you would if you were a lawyer or doctor, so figuring out how much you can afford realistically to take out in loans before you start is a really, really good idea.

Post # 5
636 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Hi there! You’ve gotten some great advice so far from the PP.

To add onto what @Gerbera stated, most states now require at minimum a Bachelor’s of Architecture (5 year degree) for licensure after completing the intern development program, which entails about 3 years work experience if you land in a firm which allows a lot of diverse experience. However, there is a major shift in many states to require a Masters of Architecture for licensure. There may be one or two, if that many which allow for work experience in lieu of a degree, but I don’t see that remaining the case for much longer. The big question is whether you intend to get licensed down the road and how large of a financial commitment you are willing to make.

What many people do not realize going into architecture is the huge upfront expense (cost of tuition itself and the cost of supplies for models, drawings, etc., and licensure) versus the end salary. The sad fact is an architect’s salary is pretty low in comparison to the amount of schooling required and the job’s demands on your time and the amount of daily responsibility and stress. I don’t want to sound discouraging…I just wish someone had broken down those things for me prior to going into the profession.

I think you would have to speak to the specific institution you would be going through for your master’s, but typically they require an undergrad portfolio from a related degree. If you don’t have that, it is very likely you would be required to take many of the undergrad architecture-specific courses prior to starting your masters coursework.

A gentleman whom I worked with at my last job graduated with a 4-year Bachelor of Science in Architecture, which does not meet the requirement for licensure in Ohio. He went back to school for his masters and had to complete the 5th year coursework (to achieve the equivalent of a Bachelor of Architecture) plus some additional undergrad coursework that wasn’t included in his original program before he was able to start his master’s courses. I believe overall it took him 3.5 years to get his master’s

What is your previous degree? I also agree at minimum you should look into AutoCAD or Revit (preferably both) training for a drafting position. Also, right now the industry is hurting pretty bad. I have 12 years experienced and am licensed and have had no luck finding a job for about 6 months. I’m in Michigan, which is one of the harder hit states. Unfortunately, the building industry is one of the first to take a hit when the economy takes a dive. Hopefully by the time you would be finished with your program, the economy will have turned around.

Good luck. If you have any other questions, feel free to PM me. 🙂

Post # 6
636 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Oh, also if you are interested in becoming licensed, make sure whichever program you are looking at is NAAB or CACB accredited. If it isn’t, you won’t meet IDP requirements for many states.

Post # 7
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

a friend of mine majored in music and is now in an architecture grad program. start looking at the entrance requirements for the schools you’re interested in to get an idea of what’s involved.

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