9 Reasons to Become an Architect

© Leandro Fuenzalida © Leandro Fuenzalida Making the decision to pursue architecture is not easy. Often, young students think that they have to be particularly talented at drawing, or have high marks in math just to even apply for architecture programs. Once they get there, many students are overwhelmed by the mountainous tasks ahead. While the path to becoming an architect varies from country to country, the average time it takes to receive a Masters in Architecture is between 5 and 7 years, and following that is often the additional burden of licensure which realistically takes another couple of years to undertake. Knowing these numbers, it’s not particularly encouraging to find out that the average architect does not make as much as doctors and lawyers, or that 1 in 4 architecture students in the UK are seeking treatment for mental health issues. These are aspects which architecture needs to work on as an
Architects are able to unleash their creativity. Image © Leandro Fuenzalida
Architects do not get bored in university. Image © Leandro Fuenzalida
Architects are often specialists at everything. Image © Leandro Fuenzalida
Architects can manage stress... and lots of it. Image © Leandro Fuenzalida
Architects are held in high esteem. Image © Leandro Fuenzalida
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Submit Your Ideas to The Architectural Review to Stop the Spread of #Notopia

Courtesy of The Architectural Review Courtesy of The Architectural Review In its recent issues, The Architectural Review has been on a mission, highlighting a phenomenon that they have named "Notopia." Characterized by a "loss of identity and cultural vibrancy" and "a global pandemic of generic buildings," Notopia is - in overly simplistic terms - a consequence of the cold logic of market forces combined with a disinterested populace. The AR's campaign therefore aims to analyze this "thing of terror" and push back by raising public awareness and by proposing alternatives. And they need your help. The AR is collecting postcards of drawings and suggestions by their readers for change; whether it's a simple proposal such as planting more trees in cities, the resurrection of an idea from a
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What Were Your #FirstSevenJobs?

    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/firstsevenjobs?src=hash">#firstsevenjobs</a><br>photography sales<br>pot washer<br>bartender<br>urban planner<br>professor<br>author <br>architect</p>— Vishaan Chakrabarti (@VishaanNYC) <a href="https://twitter.com/VishaanNYC/status/763438294264864768">August 10, 2016</a></blockquote>
Last week, the latest craze to hit the Twittersphere was #FirstSevenJobs. An interesting mix of nostalgia and self-congratulatory posturing, the hashtag had seemingly everybody on the social media site sharing how they took their first seven steps to where they are now. For architects though, whose path to their ideal job is often long and torturous, the hashtag may have offered a little solace: with notable and successful architects, educators and critics sharing how they took their first tentative steps into the profession, those still working towards their goals can be reassured that, no matter where they are now, success could be on the horizon. With that in mind, we wanted to extend the hashtag to our users: what were your first seven jobs, and what did you learn while doing them? What was your experience
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Saskia Sassen, Krister Lindstedt and Mimi Hoang on the Architecture of Migration

 At this year's reSITE conference in Prague, speakers attended from around the globe to present differing perspectives on the challenges of migration, with topics of interest ranging from economics, to city planning to architecture. But as revealed by the following presentations, migration is a topic that requires interrogation on a number of different scales and in a number of different contexts: from the global economic focus offered by Saskia Sassen in her opening keynote lecture, to the focused challenges of designing micro-apartments shown by Mimi Hoang of nArchitects; and even to the unusual case presented by Krister Lindstedt of White Arkitekter, when a migration is undertaken not by individual people but by a whole town at once.

Proposal for Kiruna town square. Image Courtesy of Kjellander + Sjöberg Carmel Place. Image © Field Condition Interior of a micro-apartment at Carmel Place. Image © Pablo Enriquez Proposal for a neighborhood in Kiruna. Image © White Arkitekter Saskia Sassen

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In her keynote speech, sociologist Saskia Sassen summarizes the forces that lead to migration and the ways that cities, globally, are failing to structure their economies and their design to take advantage

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Sketchfab Strengthens Commitment to Virtual Reality With New Features

Image adapted from screenshot of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane model by Matthew Brennan Image adapted from screenshot of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane model by Matthew Brennan Online model sharing site Sketchfab last week announced three new features intended to solidify its position as one of the web's foremost platforms for sharing VR-viewable 3D models online. Originally launched in January of this year, the virtual reality features of Sketchfab's platform have proven to be popular and has even led to Sketchfab being referred to as "the Youtube of VR." However, with its initial launch Sketchfab's VR capabilities clearly privileged simplicity and a low barrier for entry—the platform was viewable using just a smartphone web browser and basic VR headset such as Google Cardboard, and models required no extra work to make them VR compatible. As a result, Sketchfab's VR platform lacked the features of more high-end systems of viewing VR. With their latest update, Sketchfab has added useful features while keeping
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RIBA Announces 2016 Stirling Prize Shortlist

 The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced six projects that will compete for the 2016 Stirling Prize, the award for the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the first year. Selected from the pool of regional winners around the country, the shortlisted buildings range from a small house in the south of England to a new college campus in Glasgow, Scotland. However, in a first for the Stirling Prize, the shortlist features two buildings coming from one client, Oxford University. "Every one of the six buildings shortlisted today illustrates the huge benefit that well-designed buildings can bring to people’s lives," said RIBA President Jane Duncan. "With the dominance of university and further education buildings on the shortlist, it is clear that quality architecture’s main patrons this year are from the education sector. I commend these enlightened clients and supporters who have
Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford / Herzog & de Meuron. Image © Iwan Baan
City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus / Michael Laird Architects + Reiach and Hall Architects. Image © Keith Hunter
Outhouse Gloucestershire / Loyn & Co Architects. Image © Charles Hosea
Trafalgar Place, Elephant and Castle, London / dRMM Architects. Image © Alex de Rijke
Weston Library, University of Oxford / WilkinsonEyre. Image © Hélène Binet
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