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  •  There are basically two degrees for architects (0+ / 0-)

    these days, or degrees that will allow for you to take the licensing exams.  They are BArch and MArch.  The BArch is a 5 year program at universities where you must apply and qualify for a spot after the first year.  There are usually a very limited number of slots available - think med school hard to get into, but earlier in the schooling.

    The MArch is either a one, or two, year program depending upon what your Bachelor's degree is in.  One year if it's a BArch, two if not.  Again this is a very selective process.

    I have a BA in Arch and was caught in the licensing rule change.  So, I worked in historic preservation for a while cause that didn't necessarily need a licensed architect to do the work.

    •  thank you for the lecture (1+ / 0-)
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      I am a BArch my husband is a BArch and MArch we are both registered architects and both licensed - had you looked at my profile you would have seen (some of)  that.
      Having said all that - you still don't need a master's for an entry level architectural position. Very few, except for teaching positions, require it.

      "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

      by eXtina on Sun May 05, 2013 at 04:52:50 PM PDT

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      •  And there's one of the many reasons why I didn't (0+ / 0-)

        continue and get a MArch.....

      •  You need experience you can't get in school (0+ / 0-)

        In Boston a young architect studying nights at the BAC and working in the office of a registered architect days or someone that is enrolled in the coop program at Wentworth or Northeastern, is valued more highly than someone studying at Harvard or MIT because of the field experience they are getting.

        Engineers and contractors have more respect for architects that have worked in the building trades and whose details reflect an understanding of who does what work when.

        Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

        by rktect on Mon May 06, 2013 at 03:36:49 AM PDT

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      •  I looked and didn't see it (0+ / 0-)

        Although I did find your discussion of barefooting interesting.  I would be interested to hear about your experience actually building things yourself; Do you shoe horses? Have a forge? Have you ever built a barn, a stable or a smithy? How does that experience inform your architecture?

        Would you hire someone with only one year of experience on their resume to be a part of your decision making process?

        Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

        by rktect on Mon May 06, 2013 at 03:52:52 AM PDT

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