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I want to be an architect

  1. May 25, 2008 #1
    I want to be an architect!!

    Hello! I live in U.S., VA.

    I'm a highschool junior right now,,,

    So i was wandering is there a good architecture college, except for UVA, in VA.

    I've been researching,,, and most of the colleges in VA seems to not have a major

    in architecture..

    Most of the good architecture colleges seems to be at upper regions.

    What should I be doing???? @.@

    I'm so knowledgeless(? if that makes any sense..><).

    What steps are there to become and architect?

    Also, whats the difference between landscape architect, and just architect?
    (if there is any difference)

    Also, also,,what types of architects are there????
    and ,

    are interior design major and architecture major, totally different???

    Will i be able to double major on them??

    thank you for reading my awkward(?) questions~><

    also!!!also,,is there anyway that i could graduate architecture school in 4 years??
    Last edited: May 25, 2008
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  3. May 25, 2008 #2
    Virginia Tech has an architecture program. I'm not familiar with other VA colleges.

    To become an architect, you need a professional degree in architecture first. You can accomplish this by getting a Bachelor's of Architecture OR a Master's of Architecture. B.Arch is a 5 year program. If you don't want to commit to that right away, you can get an undergrad degree in the area of your choice and apply for a M.Arch program afterwards. Those take 2 to 3 years if I'm not mistaken. Note that a Bachelor's in Science in Architectural Studies is not the same as a B.Arch.

    After you get your degree, you start working as an intern architect. After about 5 years of experience, you qualify to take the ARE, which is a series of licensing exams. After passing all of those, then you can call yourself an architect.

    And no, you cannot get a B.Arch in 4 years (not as far as I know).
  4. May 25, 2008 #3

    First of all I'll answer your last question - If there is, try and avoid it! the more time you spend on education the more likely you are to be skilled in your chosen path. Also university is a great time in your life and there is nothing wrong with prolonging it!

    Secondly, maybe you should try a specific architecture forum to address this question too as there is likely to be more people who can offer you the kind of advice you seek. Try: designcommunity.com/discussion.html for instance, or Google.

    Best wishes and good luck.
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