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Architecture: A foolish dream?

I’ve had quite the discourse with a new coworker on the subject of Architecture in the past few weeks. You see, we were contracted to a company that has laid off more than 60% of it’s Architecture workforce. Two more people exited left this week and it got us talking about licensing, pay, graduate degrees, and transferring education and experience from international sources. Like me, this colleague got his Architecture education and some of his experience outside the United States.

Now someone was just talking about one of the people who left to practice Architecture, and I could not help but overhear his comments. (He was quite loud and it didn’t help that he was standing less than 10 feet away fom me). The gentleman griped that he advised the young lady who left to not pursue architecture as it was a foolish dream. This big box firm has been doing little more than outlying construction contracts for more than 3 years, and all their architects and interior designers had been drafted to perform tasks far outside the architecture field. After this young architect took the time and effort to get licensed, stayed with the firm doing non-arch tasks until getting laid off, and now getting full-time architecture employment, her efforts are being labelled as a foolish dream. While the recession has (in my opinion) reverted the way American architects do business to the days of the Master Builder, I don’t believe or agree that the desire and pursuit of Architecture practice is no more than a foolish dream. Allowing the bitterness of disappointment in the industry, wages, licensing process, and our lobbyists to poison our outlook AND our actions does no more than pour gunky sand in a gaping wound. The speaker had indeed been burned by the profession, and it was evident in his speech(with examples of course) that he felt betrayed. It is important for people to still recognize that life is similar to a cyclic rollercoaster. It’s not always up, or down, slow, or fast.