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Old December 5th, 2011, 09:13 PM   #1
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A master in Architecture after Structural Eng.

Hello ladies and gentlemen..
I am a freshman in Structural Engineering, I always wanted to be an architect but the circumstances didn't work in my side so I had to go to Structural Eng. field.. but recently I've heard that it is possible to get a Master's degree in Architecture after finishing Structural Engineering degree and it is done in USA.
Is it true? Is it useful? Will I be able to work as an Architect?

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Old December 12th, 2011, 10:22 AM   #2
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is any diference between civil eng and structural eng???
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Old December 12th, 2011, 05:02 PM   #3
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As I read there is a little difference! But in college they told us that we can work as a civil engineer too!
Structural engineering is a field of engineering dealing with the analysis and design of structures that support or resist loads.
Structural engineering is usually considered a specialty within civil engineering, but it can also be studied in its own right.
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Old December 12th, 2011, 07:18 PM   #4
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As I read there is a little difference! But in college they told us that we can work as a civil engineer too!
Structural engineering is a field of engineering dealing with the analysis and design of structures that support or resist loads.
Structural engineering is usually considered a specialty within civil engineering, but it can also be studied in its own right.
Here in Argentina only exist the civil eng, but it take to you at least 6 years to finish it + a tesis. All the structural courses are include it. You also see some architecture courses to have some notion of it.
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Old December 12th, 2011, 10:24 PM   #5
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I very much agree with James Altucher's arguments why going to college is a waste of time. Read here.
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Hello ladies and gentlemen..
I am a freshman in Structural Engineering, I always wanted to be an architect but the circumstances didn't work in my side so I had to go to Structural Eng. field.. but recently I've heard that it is possible to get a Master's degree in Architecture after finishing Structural Engineering degree and it is done in USA.
Is it true? Is it useful? Will I be able to work as an Architect?

Thanks for listening
yes in the u.s. you can get an architectural master's degree after a structural bachelor's. as for working as an architect you must pass the boards to get your license otherwise you are limited in what you may do. but many people never get their license yet are successful in their careers. i have even heard of a dean who never went to school much less got his license - although this was like 30-40 years ago, the guy was very famous and this probably couldn't happen today.
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Hello ladies and gentlemen..
I am a freshman in Structural Engineering, I always wanted to be an architect but the circumstances didn't work in my side so I had to go to Structural Eng. field.. but recently I've heard that it is possible to get a Master's degree in Architecture after finishing Structural Engineering degree and it is done in USA.
Is it true? Is it useful? Will I be able to work as an Architect?

Thanks for listening
You should also be open minded about structural engineering. It may be that by your last year, you will really enjoy being a structural engineer and want to stay in it.
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how many years does it take to finish a civil/structural eng in your country???


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I very much agree with James Altucher's arguments why going to college is a waste of time. Read here.
Interesting, I read it all....but I think this kind of articles refer to USA or similar countrys

Here in Argentina University is free. I donīt pay a cent, so, if I want, I can make my own business while I am studying. The only consequence is that most of people take more years than is expected to finish the career.
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The greatest architect of all had no architectural degree of any kind. Furthermore
he correctly stated that architecture cannot be learned, it can only be done.
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Old December 13th, 2011, 04:34 PM   #10
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^ it's not only about the money. From my experience, obtaining a college degree is like receiving a recognized paper saying you're not stupid and that's really about it. Actually when I conduct job interviews, I hardly look at the academic section of the CV because that really doesn't tell me what kind of person someone is. I would rather hire someone who failed at setting up his own business and can explain me why that failed, then I would hiring someone fresh out of college with A grades with no working experience.
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Here in Argentina only exist the civil eng, but it take to you at least 6 years to finish it + a tesis. All the structural courses are include it. You also see some architecture courses to have some notion of it.
It takes too much indeed! .. anyway thanks for passing by
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yes in the u.s. you can get an architectural master's degree after a structural bachelor's. as for working as an architect you must pass the boards to get your license otherwise you are limited in what you may do. but many people never get their license yet are successful in their careers. i have even heard of a dean who never went to school much less got his license - although this was like 30-40 years ago, the guy was very famous and this probably couldn't happen today.
Won't I be able to be an architect after I get a Master's degree in Architecture?
What king of license?
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You should also be open minded about structural engineering. It may be that by your last year, you will really enjoy being a structural engineer and want to stay in it.
I don't know about that! I wish.. but I really like being an architect, it is so great.
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how many years does it take to finish a civil/structural eng in your country???

it takes 4 years.




Interesting, I read it all....but I think this kind of articles refer to USA or similar countrys

Here in Argentina University is free. I donīt pay a cent, so, if I want, I can make my own business while I am studying. The only consequence is that most of people take more years than is expected to finish the career.

it is free in my country too.. and there isn't any Architecture college in other uni. except the local one!
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The greatest architect of all had no architectural degree of any kind. Furthermore
he correctly stated that architecture cannot be learned, it can only be done.
Sweet! that's helpful but who is he?
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Old December 13th, 2011, 06:48 PM   #16
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^ it's not only about the money. From my experience, obtaining a college degree is like receiving a recognized paper saying you're not stupid and that's really about it. Actually when I conduct job interviews, I hardly look at the academic section of the CV because that really doesn't tell me what kind of person someone is. I would rather hire someone who failed at setting up his own business and can explain me why that failed, then I would hiring someone fresh out of college with A grades with no working experience.
I agree, when I finish civil eng, I will start a business so my career only would be important as a presentation card
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Sorry for not stating explicitly that it was Frank Lloyd Wright who
had neither an architectural degree nor AIA credentials. In fact at one
point toward the end of his career, he described himself not
as a professional architect at all, but merely the worlds oldest
living amateur.
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Won't I be able to be an architect after I get a Master's degree in Architecture?
What king of license?
the other posts are correct esp. about FLW. so technically in the u.s. you don't legally need any degree what so ever. its just that the requirements change to accommodate the fact that you don't have a particular degree. you will need to research at the particular state your going to for their requirements. otherwise you need one architectural degree of any kind, a certain amount of experience, and then you pass the boards and your done.
the license is to be a registered architect.
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