Students can earn an undergraduate degree in architecture, or go on to study architecture at the masters level and beyond for a deeper understanding of the history, theory and practice of architecture. Here’s a link to the best US architecture schools compiled by Arch Daily Magazine. archdaily.com
And what’s the most important thing you’ll learn there? Here are answers from graduates:
….The hours are crazy, but the work is rewarding and you’ll form a “family” with your classmates.
….You’ll get a chance to develop your creativity…and learn about technical drafting.
….Four or five years with like-minded people, the relationships you develop there are very strong.
….You learn software in drafting class, and digital programs.
….They don’t teach you about real-world constraints or how to manage your time.
There are a lot of fun and worthwhile design competitions you can enter while in architecture school to get your creativity flowing. One example is the Solar Decathlon by the U.S. Department of Energy, which challenges student teams to push the envelope in designing efficient, innovative buildings that run on renewable energy.
TIP: Having a mentor is a really valuable asset…seek out a mentor you respect whether you’re in school, or on the job.