Becoming an Architect (Guide to Careers in Design)

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Becoming an Architect will inspire future architects, career consultants, and human resources professionals alike, providing all the information you ll need to make intelligent decisions about careers in architecture. From the Foreword by Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, 2014 AIA National President Starting a career as an architect is an exciting prospect, but it's important to do your research before you take the plunge. The third edition of Becoming an Architect is an update to the best-selling guide and highlights the risks and rewards on the path to a career as an architect. You'll find new insight and tons of helpful resources, as well as a complete outline of the trajectory of an architect's early career, from higher education through internship and licensure. More than thirty-two new interviews and profiles from architecture students, emerging, and established professionals give the resource a truly personal feel, and help get you acquainted with real-life scenarios from architects from varying backgrounds and specialties. With a highly accessible approach, this guide provides a complete overview of the profession, including educational requirements, design specialties, registration requirements, and the paths of a career in architecture. Whether you're a high school student, a college undergraduate, a career counselor, or a human resource professional, Becoming an Architect offers much-needed advice and information to anyone interested in career development for architects. * Covers recent changes to the Intern Development Program (IDP) * Provides advice on obtaining professional experience while studying to be an architect * Considers career paths in a myriad of work environments, such as government agencies, education, and research * Includes helpful appendixes with resources for further information, such as career-related associations, websites, and recommended reading Obtain a solid introduction to a career as an architect, and plan your own path with the guidance and advice of dozens of others who have already started this process.

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Answering the key questions about becoming an architect
Get started with this best-selling guide to becoming an architect, now with new profiles from emerging professionals

Here is the completely updated guide to today's careers in architecture--a clear and concise survey of the architecture field and advice for navigating a successful career. Filled with interviews and advice from leading architects, it covers everything you'll need to know in order to pursue your career goals and succeed with your career aspirations. Whether you're a high school student, an undergraduate, or a seasoned professional seeking a career change, this guide will help to propel you on your path to success.

What do architects do? How much education is necessary? What are the various paths to an accredited degree? What does an architectural internship involve? What are the career options available upon graduation, and what are the licensure requirements and potential salaries? What is the future of the architectural profession? Becoming an Architect answers all these questions in depth, and goes beyond simple answers with the latest information on current topics like:

  • Sustainability
  • Public Interest Design
  • Social media, diversity, and collaboration
  • New technologies and practices

With this updated guide, aspiring architects can explore what lies ahead. Lee Waldrep has revised his bestselling work to cover recent developments:

  • Recent developments to the Intern Development Program (IDP)
  • Obtaining experience while studying architecture
  • Current challenges including BIM, integrated practice, and globalization
  • Career paths in architecture and beyond

Becoming an Architect will inspire future architects, career consultants, and human resources professionals alike, providing all the information you'll need to make intelligent decisions about careers in architecture.

About the Author:

LEE W. WALDREP, PHD, has over 20 years of experience in higher education with expertise in career development and architecture. Waldrep earned a Ph.D. in counseling and development from The American University, a master of architecture from Arizona State University, and a bachelor of science from the University of Michigan. During his career, he has served in three accredited architecture programs the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Maryland and Illinois Institute of Technology. Waldrep previously served as Associate Executive Director of the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and as National Vice-President of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). Waldrep has written and presented on the topics of careers and architecture extensively around the country. In addition, he is a contributor to AIA's Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice, 15th Edition.

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