“Should I become an Architect?“
“Why should I become an Architect?“
To be fair, the last several years have been hard on a lot of people, not just architects, but I’ve decided that it’s time to focus my thoughts on why I became an architect – maybe you can relate, find inspiration, or confirm that this either is – or isn’t – the profession for you after reading this article.
For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be an architect. I suppose that this seems fortuitous to some people but there were times when this presented serious complications. When I first started architecture school as a freshman in college, I didn’t have the focus or maturity I needed to tackle the curriculum and I ended up having a serious identity crisis when I was 19 years old. The only reason anyone should be having an identity crisis when they’re that young is if you still into goth – not if you are capable of being an architect, the only profession you ever thought you wanted to pursue.
Luckily for me, I managed to pull myself together in time and figure out how to go about my business. It sounds a little silly to say that it took me 15 years of schooling to figure out how to “learn” but that’s the truth of the matter. I was always able to get pretty good grades without really having to work at it and I was smart enough to know how to work the system (I graduated 7th out of approximately 365 people without ever having made perfect grades – but that’s a different story). I think I knew that I had gamed the system a bit and part of this identity crisis came from the knowledge that I hadn’t ever really had to work before and now that I was in one of the most premier architecture programs in the country, that somehow I hadn’t really earned it. That somehow, maybe, I didn’t belong here …
It was misery.
Fast forward 20+ years and here I am today; a partner in a terrific firm, a previous AIA “Young Architect of the Year” recipient, projects in my portfolio that I am proud of creating, leadership positions in my professional organization (Dallas Chapter American Institute of Architects and the Texas Society of Architects). If I can get here from where I started, surely others can as well. The trick is understanding your motivation and your skill set – What do you like to do? and