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10 Reasons to Become an Architect

Updated on July 7, 2012

Becoming an architect is a long process that requires a significant period of schooling and training, but most architects wouldn't do anything else. Here is why:

1. You get paid to do what you love

Architecture is a passion. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, architecture is not for you. You are a visionary, and you love designing. Great buildings give you a huge amount of satisfaction.

2. You get to express yourself

As an architect you are encouraged to think creatively, and your visions become realities. Your buildings reflect your identity as a designer.

3. You create real, tangible things

Not many professions can physically see what they produce. In architecture, its bigger-than-life. Plus, the work is very hands-on. Before you make the building, you are making models and producing drawings.

4. You won’t get bored

There are a variety of things you will be doing from day-to-day. One day you might be meeting with clients and working on design, while other days you’ll be visiting construction sites or researching materials.

5. Architects are highly respected

You go through a lot of training, and you are charged with maintaining the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Because of this, architects are generally perceived as contributing meaningfully to society.

6. You'll never stop learning

Architecture is a very dynamic field, with constantly changing trends and technologies. Although this means you have to do a lot of professional development to stay current, it also means that you will always be learning. Every project you tackle is different and you will constantly find new challenges.

7. You can be your own boss

Architects frequently start their own firms. You can be a successful firm of one, or you can grow a large organization. You also have the option of working for someone else if entrepreneurship isn't for you.

8. Architects can leave legacies

Buildings can last a really long time. The ideas behind them can last even longer. If you make meaningful architecture, you can influence generations of designers.

9. You can make a difference

Designers have the ability to make things happen. You can use what you know in the humanitarian arena. Your work can help low-income families, disaster victims, and the environment.

10. Architecture matters

You’re making safe, healthy environments for people to live and work in. What you do can improve quality of life and human experience. You also have the responsibility to make sure that your buildings work and are structurally sound. Yes it’s a lot of pressure, but isn’t that the case with all things that are worth doing?

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      Bldg an Architect 5 years ago

      Thanks, Dbro! It's a great field to be in, other than the fact that work has dried up a bit. By the time your son is out of school, I'm sure things will be better though! I've got a few hubs/articles on architecture if he's interested, and I'd be glad to offer my advice.

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      Dbro 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      Great hub, Bldg an Architect! I'm an artist who enjoys painting buildings and architectural features. I'd love for my son to study architecture, but I guess that's up to him. Maybe I'll have him read your hub and he will decide to!