Wednesday, February 8, 2012

An "Architecture Degree" is the new "English Major"

Following on from this post about Phil Read's class on How to Get Ahead in Architecture, I found these two columns via Architectural Record that make good reading.

The architecture meltdown

One of the coolest creative-class careers has cratered with the economy. Where does architecture go from here?

Featuring great quotes like:
  • These days, “We are making less than a cleaning lady,” 
  • as an educator, I feel like an ayatollah sending kids running into the minefield
  • Architects are supposed to be serving society, but I think we’re struggling to maintain our position in society. 
and this article

Want a Job? Go to College, and Don’t Major in Architecture

Featuring this chart which shows that architecture graduates have a higher unemployment rate than artists!
Though i am not sure if they are counting the "sandwich-artists" at SUBWAY.

And things are still shitty in Asia too so don't get any ideas.


  1. Architects have a hard time finding their place in society because society doesn't know what an Architect is.

  2. Some Architects have a hard time finding a place in society because THEY don't know what an Architect is...

  3. being able to express the value of our skills in a language that clients/patrons/employers can understand is not unique to the architectural profession, however our architectural education rarely provides insight along these lines.

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