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Old October 29th, 2004, 05:36 PM   #1
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Architecture/Construction Market

I'm seriously considering taking the archi course at SP.

But I heard that the construction industry isn't doing well, so is architecture.

Any comments?
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Old October 30th, 2004, 04:23 AM   #2
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I don't see much of a point using the current economy conditions as a basis for continuation in your studies. You'll take 3 years to complete the course, assuming you will be doing NS, that's another 5 1/2 years. All can change within this period and what's happening now can be totally irrelevant.

If you have an interest in this field, then go for it.
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Old October 30th, 2004, 05:09 AM   #3
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So I can work in an archi firm?
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Old October 30th, 2004, 05:16 AM   #4
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By the way, are many people taking the course?
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Old October 30th, 2004, 06:11 AM   #5
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You'll be taught drafting, basic designing theories and other technical issues. Skills which are relevant in the architecture work. So yes, you'll find work in archi firms.

Enrolment sizes is pretty small compared to other courses. I believe its now 2 classes of 80 students per year.
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Old October 30th, 2004, 06:41 AM   #6
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I think the construction industry in sg was at its worst last 2 years but hopefully improving now and into next year
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Old October 30th, 2004, 06:48 AM   #7
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Though economy conditions will have direct effects on employment patterns, I don't think one should be overly concern with that especially when he/she has not even embarked on going through the course yet. Bad times affects many industries and if you are to worry about it for every decision you make premateurly, you might just end up not achieving anything at all.
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Old October 30th, 2004, 07:33 AM   #8
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no lah. i think the property mkt in singapore is picking up already mah. should can find job one lah. even visual media artists are finding a lot of work. studies in the fields of aesthetics like got more support these days. anyway, i was at the top of ura last night and i caught the fireworks for the sail at the marina launch!
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Old October 30th, 2004, 08:06 AM   #9
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How's the pay for a poly archi graduate like?
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Old October 30th, 2004, 07:49 PM   #10
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Now, I would say about $1500 - $1800 probably even lesser. But I seriously hope you are not in this for monetary renumerations alone.
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Old October 31st, 2004, 03:28 AM   #11
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Nope......
I thought archits are paid by a percentage of the cost of the building?

And what can poly grads design?
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Old October 31st, 2004, 07:43 AM   #12
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Nope......
I thought archits are paid by a percentage of the cost of the building?

And what can poly grads design?
Yes, architect's fee are usually based on a % of the contract sum. Poly grads are not considered qualified architects and usually work under the direction of architects and are paid monthly wages.

When it comes to design, the sky's the limit for anyone in the industry. Ultimately, its you skills that will most probably dictate what you would be doning in future. That are no fixed rules.
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You seemed to be confused as in what's the role of a poly grad and that of an architect. They're different.
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Yes I am.
In what way?

So I want to design a building on my own. I need a uni degree?
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Old October 31st, 2004, 11:25 AM   #15
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Yes I am.
In what way?

So I want to design a building on my own. I need a uni degree?
Preferably........unless you want to take your time.........(there are thousands of new graduates every year joining the workforce btw......)
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Old October 31st, 2004, 11:26 AM   #16
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Meaning?
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Old October 31st, 2004, 11:30 AM   #17
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Meaning?
Try to get a uni degree loh.......
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Old October 31st, 2004, 11:31 AM   #18
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Can't design on my own with poly diploma?
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Old October 31st, 2004, 11:52 AM   #19
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I think you still haven't grasp the concept behind the work scopes at all yet.

To be completely frank with you. What you can do in the work force will largely depend on what you are strong in and the firm you are working in. You most probably won't be given a job to design straight away out of uni or poly. Fresh grads usually doesn't have that kind of experience to design a building on their own.

Designing buildings is more than just aesthetics. You have to encompass the clients's requirements, building code requirements, technical aspects, costs and the likes. Most architects, in the design stage probably spend about 80% of the time resolving issues rather than the actual design of the building.

I've known of poly grads who do design work but that's not what they only do. They are also involved in other related works. To be honest, uni grads are the ones with proper design background and even they don't get to design all the time. Designing is not all that it is to architecture. That's something you have to come to terms with. If you are thinking of taking up the course so that you can start desigining buildinds straight out of school, you most probably will be sorely disappointed, especially if you are from poly.
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Old November 4th, 2004, 03:23 PM   #20
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Okay, so what can poly grads with archi diploma do?
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