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Architect?: A Candid Guide to the Profession / Edition 3

Architect?: A Candid Guide to the Profession / Edition 3

by Roger K. Lewis
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The new edition of an essential text offers an informative, engaging view of the architectural profession from education through practice.

Since 1985, Architect? has been an essential text for aspiring architects, offering the best basic guide to the profession available. This third edition has been substantially revised and rewritten, with new material covering the latest developments in architectural and construction technologies, digital methodologies, new areas of focus in teaching and practice, evolving aesthetic philosophies, sustainability and green architecture, and alternatives to traditional practice.

Architect? tells the inside story of architectural education and practice; it is realistic, unvarnished, and insightful. Chapter 1 asks “Why Be an Architect?” and chapter 2 offers reasons “Why Not to Be an Architect.” After this provocative beginning, Architect? goes on to explain and critique architectural education, covering admission, degree and curriculum types, and workload as well as such post-degree options as internship, teaching, and work in related fields. It offers a detailed discussion of professors and practitioners and the “-isms” and “-ologies” most prevalent in teaching and practicing architecture. It explains how an architect works and gets work, and describes architectural services from initial client contact to construction oversight. The new edition also includes a generous selection of drawings and cartoons from the author's Washington Post column, “Shaping the City,” offering teachable moments wittily in graphic form.

The author, Roger Lewis, has taught, practiced, and written extensively about architecture for many years. In Architect? he explains—for students, professors, practitioners, and even prospective clients—how architects think and work and what they care about as they strive to make the built environment more commodious, more beautiful, and more sustainable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262518840
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 08/09/2013
Series: The MIT Press
Edition description: third edition
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 618,978
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Roger K. Lewis is a practicing architect and planner, Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Maryland, and a columnist for the Washington Post.

Table of Contents

I To Be or Not to Be . . . an Architect?
1 Why Be an Architect?
Money and Lifestyle; Social Status; Fame; Immortality;
Contributing to Culture; Helping and Teaching Others; The Rewards of
Creativity and Intellectual Fulfillment; Love of Drawing; Fulfilling
the Dictates of Personality; Freedom to Do Your Own Thing
2 Why Not to Be an Architect
The Odds of Making It; Lack of Work; Competition; Inadequate
Compensation; Ego Vulnerability; Getting Lost in the Crowd; The Risks
of Envy; Lack of Power and Influence; AnXiety, Disappointment, and
Depression; Personal Encumbrances; Lack of Talent; Lack of Passion and
Dedication; Legal and Financial Risks; Disillusionment
II Becoming an Architect
3 The Structure of Architectural Education
Program Types; Curricular ContentDesign, The Design Studio, History
and Theory, Technology, Structures, Materials and Methods of
Construction, Environmental Controls, Computeraided Design,
Management, Electives
4 EXperiencing Architectural School
The First Year and Work Load Shock; New Values, New Language;
Competition and Grades; Pencilphobia; The Culture and Community of
Architecture School; The Jury System; Other Traditions
5 Professors and What They Profess
The Professors; Some isms and OlogiesMorphology, Historicism,
Historic Preservation, Technology, Deconstructivism, Sociology and
Psychology, Functionalism, Methodology, Ecology, Urbanism, Symbology
6 Architectural Schools: Choosing and Being Chosen
Preparing for Architectural School; Choosing SchoolsLocation, Program
Type, Reputation, Resources, Cost, Students, Faculty,Program
Directions; The Admission ProcessThe Portfolio, Interviews, Reference
Letters, Grades, EXams, Timing, Financial Aid, Admissions Odds
7 After School, What?
Internship; Becoming a Registered Architect; Further Studies;
Continuing Education; Travel; Teaching; Work in Related Fields;
Abandoning Architecture
III Being an Architect
8 The Building Process and the Architect's Role
How Projects Get BuiltNeed, Site, Financing, Design and Design
Approvals, Engineers and Other Design Consultants, Brokers, Attorneys,
Construction Contractors; Role Playing; Users and the Community
9 How Architects Work
Drawing; Writing; Reading; Talking; Calculating; Model Building;
Client Contact; Government Approvals; Consultants and Coordination;
Computers and Design; Construction Services; Organization within
Architectural Firms; Other Services; The Goals of Architectural Firms
10 How Architects Get Work
Getting the First Job; Economic Conditions; Territory; Types of
Markets; Selecting Architects for Projects; The Direct Approach; The
Indirect Approach; The Interview; Joint Ventures; Architects as
Contractors, Construction Managers, and Developers; Design
Competitions; Free Services
11 Architects' Clients
The Household Client; DevelopersThe Corporate Developer,
Entrepreneurs, The Institutional Client; The Government Client;
Citizens and the Community as Clients
12 We Who Are Architects
Architects as Types; Idols and Adulation; The Faces of An Evolving
AppendiX: Accredited Programs in Architecture

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Deborah Berke

Roger Lewis's book Architect? is a complete and comprehensive overview of the profession and a valuable resource for students, teachers, and practitioners.

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Roger Lewis's book Architect? is a complete and comprehensive overview of the profession and a valuable resource for students, teachers, and practitioners.

Deborah Berke, Deborah Berke Partners


Roger Lewis's book Architect? is a complete and comprehensive overview of the profession and a valuable resource for students, teachers, and practitioners.

Deborah Berke, Deborah Berke Partners

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