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Episode 8: Dear Christine, The Profession Of Architecture Doesn’t Suck [Podcast]

There was an article published a few months ago called “Why I Left the Architecture Profession” that started a bit of controversy in the architecture community. Is there merit in the article? Or is it all hogwash?

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We discuss the article written by Christine Outram that appeared in archdaily last fall called “Why I Left The Architecture Profession.” It created waves within the architectural community so much so, that Guy Horton, author of the Indicator Column at archdaily followed up with his own rebuttal a week later called “A Rebuttal to Why I Left the Architecture Profession.” Today, we are joined by Guy Horton to discuss the merits of Christine Outram’s article as well as his rebuttal and the reason he felt the need to respond.

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4 comments… add one
Laura Zembrodt July 7, 2014, 8:23 am

The title of the article ‘The profession of architecture doesn’t suck’ makes me want to know why other people would think that the profession does ‘suck’ . I think that one reason for the extreme mixed feelings from various people is that there are so many different directions that ‘architecture’ can be practiced. It is not a straight line road map. The frustration I am experiencing is understanding what the core concepts are that I should understand. Having practiced for 12 years and completing my 5 year education, rediscovering the core concepts is a difficult task.

David July 15, 2014, 9:34 am

Hi Laura, I completely agree. There is no straight path to practice. I think part of it is we are trained to be skilled designers and can apply our skills to other disciplines just outside of our profession. It’s also further complicated by the many different ways small firms practice these days that any one path doesn’t seem to shine above the others. So I completely understand how rediscovering the core concepts can be difficult. I think one thing that has helped me is to approach it with a firm owner mentality which allows one to step back and look at the overall big picture. I think if we can somehow understand the big picture, it might be easier to see how all the little pieces can play together. Even then, it’s not a straight path.

Thanks for the comment and Good Luck!

David

Patrick KItzmiller September 5, 2014, 7:03 am

Thanks for the great podcast. I just recently graduated with a masters in Architecture and I’m struggling to find work, and these types of messages give me a lot to think about.
I’m very enthusiastic about architecture but also confused about salaries. I was wondering if you have ever done a podcast about how the licensing and education process relates to similar processes in other professions, such as law and medicine, and how the expected income potentials compare.
It seems to me that it is a lengthy process to become licensed, while the median income for an Architect is far below what it might be for other professionals who undergo similar training trials. Any comments or information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Patrick

David October 1, 2014, 9:38 am

Hi Patrick,

Thanks for the comment. I totally agree about the range of income potentials for Architects versus lawyers and doctors. It can be discouraging. I don’t think most people go into the profession with the idea of making a ton of money. Most go in because they love the field, or at least what they think the field is about. While the length of education that we go thru versus our compensation is out of whack, I still think it is a noble profession and I’m glad to be part of it. I’ve realized over the years, money isn’t everything but I strive to maintain quality of life, a healthy balance of work and play.

Thanks, David

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