Becoming an architect ain't easy!


What is so special about an architect?  Let us begin at the beginning, architectural school and the architectural student.  The amount of work that an architectural student endures, the sleepless hours, the intense reading and writing, the learning to use strange new architectural jargon and state of the art architectural tools with complex ideas topped off by the nerve wracking design presentations, characterize the intensity of the architectural programs. Check out some of the quotes and memes created by architectural students.

The architectural student frequently charrettes, which means to work many hours, sometimes days in a feverish attempt to finish the design process required by the professors and the curriculum.  Caffeine and the endless search for ways to stay awake, while being creative, are all part of the process. See 38 things that all architectural students know only too well.

According to an article published by, “Architecture students work hardest of all US college majors.”  OMNIA Architects' know through experience.  The first year of school weeds out the least passionate students.  According to partner, Gene Grimaldi, his class at Temple University began with over 300 students.  By graduation time, an intense five (5) years later, there were less than 40 students. 

Graduation from architectural colleges and universities creates a professionally trained student who sees the “Parti”, the big picture, trains the students to use all the latest technological advances and tools, coaches the students in the art of communication/public presentation and educates the students about art history and the history and styles of some of the world's most famous architects. The graduate learns to process raw data through learning how to understand, philosophize, imagine and produce a knowledgeable plan from the details.  It teaches that architecture matters!

Recent graduate and current associate, Nick Grimaldi speaks about life during and after architecture school.  “The hardest part about architecture school is that there is never a set “right” answer and never enough time to explore what a “right” answer is or could be. Every design is subjective and critique responses will vary from person to personality and by culture to vernacular.  This continues as you leave school and enter into the client market. It is like trying to create a harmonious song with the “right” melodies synched with the “right” words. Then there is the follow up question of what does the “right song” look like? Just as people have their own taste in music and genres, the same is amplified with architecture. We are working with real objects that have a direct physical relationship to the real world. So naturally there are an extremely broad range of opinions that need to be absorbed, interpreted, and constructed in an overall collaboration of form and building systems, all combined to construct a design that is pleasing, or that is “perfected” for a particular purpose.” 

So at the finish of the architecture student's schooling, you seemingly finish the endless pursuit involving stress and gratification, but it takes awhile to destress and enjoy your passion.  But passion and perspective for architecture is what you graduate with in the end.  Oh and you graduate with an immunity to caffeine!

For further feedback from students, check out the website, Life of an Architecture student.

And Hug your favorite architect today!