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Architecture | I do not know what to study

marzo 31, 2021

Talking to young people pursuing a career in architecture has shown that most architecture students engage in the design as if there was no other option: they just couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

The architecture for many is not just a professional career, but a vocation. It is not that future architecture students make their decision in an emotional or irrational way. Rather, it is more of a situation where the skills, talents, interests, and concerns of these individuals align with the options that life as an architect offers.

Architecture: learning to create spaces to live

In the architecture career they don’t just teach you to build. You learn to create pleasant and functional spaces. These can be spaces to work, live, play sports, go to a concert, etc. etc. That is why this career is for people who like design and aesthetics, who have the ability to understand the needs of others and who are not afraid of numbers.

Interview with Ana Belén, Architect UBA Argentina.

During the architecture degree, three aspects are analyzed, each one equally important: technology, theory and design.

You will learn about the different materials that are available for construction and their characteristics. Not all materials are suitable for all uses and especially for all places and climatic conditions. You will learn to choose the most suitable materials for your project and apply the technologies available on the market to improve the spaces.

Of course, also learning to design, the aspect of the career that generally most attracts the attention of future students. An architectural design not only has to be aesthetic, it also has to be functional and meet the needs of the people who are going to use the building or space. It also has to comply with many rules related to topics such as public space and security, topics that you will also study during this career.

After the degree you can become an architect, contractor or specialist in urban planning. You can dedicate yourself to designing and developing buildings, but also public spaces such as parks, shopping centers and squares or landscapes in general.

Architects work in the private sector and also within the Public Works areas of government entities.

Relations with the Arts

The qualities that most clearly distinguish architecture from other established professions are its close ties to the arts and its similarities to artistic endeavors. Creativity is crucial for all professions, but for the architect it is of the highest priority. Furthermore, architects produce objects that are fixed in space, public, and generally durable.

Importance of design

Design requires a rational knowledge of how buildings are constructed, how they will function, historical models of building types, materials, mechanical systems, structures, etc. But being a good architect also supposes that the professional possesses some sensitivity, talent or creative capacity.

The future

The well-being of the architectural profession depends on links to a sustainable construction industry. The level of construction activity, both nationally and internationally, significantly determines the amount and type of services that architects will provide.

The demand for architectural services has increased, especially in the pre-design and post-construction phases. This suggests a repositioning of the profession, along with other professions, such as part of the service economy. New roles and markets for services have been created.

With the proliferation of material on design in general and sustainability in particular and its importance in the quality of our lives, it seems that the stage is set for architects to have an ever greater influence on the environment. New tools and the evolution of knowledge increase the possibilities and approaches of what is designed and how it is built.