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Architect? A Candid Guide to the Profession

ISBN-10: 0262518848
ISBN-13: 9780262518840
Edition: 3rd 2013
Authors: Roger K. Lewis
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Book details

List price: $30.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 8/9/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

Since 1985, Architect? has been an essential text for aspiringarchitects, offering the best basic guide to the profession available. This third edition has beensubstantially revised and rewritten, with new material covering the latest developments inarchitectural and construction technologies, digital methodologies, new areas of focus in teachingand practice, evolving aesthetic philosophies, sustainability and green architecture, andalternatives to traditional practice. Architect? tells theinside story of architectural education and practice; it is realistic, unvarnished, and insightful.Chapter 1 asks "Why Be an Architect?" and chapter 2 offers reasons "Why Not to Be anArchitect." After this provocative beginning, Architect? goes on to explain and critiquearchitectural education, covering admission, degree and curriculum types, and workload as well assuch post-degree options as internship, teaching, and work in related fields. It offers a detaileddiscussion of professors and practitioners and the "-isms" and "-ologies" mostprevalent in teaching and practicing architecture. It explains how an architect works and gets work,and describes architectural services from initial client contact to construction oversight. The newedition also includes a generous selection of drawings and cartoons from the author's WashingtonPost column, "Shaping the City," offering teachable moments wittily in graphicform.The author, Roger Lewis, has taught, practiced, and written extensivelyabout architecture for many years. In Architect? he explains -- for students,professors, practitioners, and even prospective clients -- how architects think and work and whatthey care about as they strive to make the built environment more commodious, more beautiful, andmore sustainable.

Til Wykes is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation at Kings College London,Director of the National Institute for Health Research Mental Health Research Network, Codirector ofthe Service User Research Enterprise, and editor of the journal MentalHealth.Roger K. Lewis is a practicing architect and planner, Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Maryland, and a columnist for the Washington Post.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
To Be or Not to Be…an Architect?
Why Be an Architect?
Creative and Intellectual Fulfillment
Contributing to Culture and Civilization
Love of Drawing-without a Computer
Service to Others
Teaching
A Great Profession for Polymaths
Money and Lifestyle
Social Status
Fame
Immortality
Fulfilling the Dictates of Personality
Freedom to Do Your Own Thing
Why Not to Be an Architect
Odds of Becoming an Architect
Lack of Work
Competition
Inadequate Compensation
Ego Vulnerability-Getting Lost in the Crowd
The Risks of Envy
Lack of Power and Influence
Anxiety, Disappointment, Depression
Personal Encumbrances
Lack of Aptitude
Lack of Passion and Dedication
Legal and Financial Risks
Disillusionment
Becoming an Architect
The Structure of Architectural Education
Degree Pathways
Curricular Content
Design
History
Technology-Structures, Materials and Methods of Construction, Environmental and Energy Technologies
Working Digitally
Management
Historic Preservation
Electives
Travel and Study Abroad
Experiencing Architecture School
The First Year and Workload Shock
New Values, New Language
Competition and Grades
Pencilphobia
The Culture and Community of Architecture School
Being Judged-a Rite of Passage
Other Traditions and Experiences
What Professors-and Architects-Profess
The Professors-Scholars and Researchers, Designer-Practitioners, Designer-Theoreticians, Student Advocates, Student Adversaries, Young (or Old) Turks, Good OF Boys and Girls, Logicians, Techies, Obfuscators, Zealous Leaders, Laid-back Leaders, Separatists, Inscrutables, Venerable Heroes
Some -Isms and -Ologies-Formalism, Functionalism, Historicism, Technology, Deconstructivism, Symbology, Sociology and Psychology, Methodology, Ecology, Sustainability, Regionalism and Vernacularism, Urbanism
Architecture Schools: Choosing and Being Chosen
Preparing for Architecture School
Choosing Schools-Location, Program Type, Reputation, Resources, Cost, Students, Faculty, Program Ethos
The Admission Process-The Portfolio, Interviews, Reference Letters, Grades, Essays, Exams for Admission, Timing, Financial Aid, Admission Odds
After School, What?
Internship
Becoming a Licensed Architect
Continuing Education
Further Studies
Traveling
Teaching
Work in Related Fields
Abandoning Architecture
Being an Architect
The Building Process and the Architect's Role
How Projects Get Built-Need, Site, Development Costs and Financing, Design and Design Approvals, Engineers and Other Design Consultants, Brokers, Attorneys, Construction Contractors and Managers
Role-Playing
Users and the Community
How Architects Work
Manual and Digital Drawing
Physical Models Built Manually or Digitally
Writing
Reading and Researching
Meeting and Talking
Calculating
Client Contact
Government Reviews and Approvals
Consultants and Coordination
Working Digitally
Construction Phase Services
Organization within Architectural Firms
Diversified Services
The Goals of Architectural Firms
How Architects Get Work
Getting the First Job
Economic Conditions
Territory
Types of Markets and Clients
Selecting Architects for Projects
The Direct Approach
The indirect Approach
The Interview
Joint Ventures
Architects as Contractors, Construction Managers, and Developers
Design Competitions
Free Services
Architects' Clients
Household Clients
Real Estate Developers
Corporate Clients
Entrepreneurs
Institutional Clients
Government Clients
Citizens and the Community as Clients
We Who Are Architects
Architects as Types
Idols and Adulation
The Faces of an Evolving Profession
Afterword
On Becoming an Architect
On Being an Architect

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