In Defense of an Architecture Education


When the statistics showed architecture as the field of study where recent graduates had the highest unemployment rate, some suggested that future students ought to pursue different educational backgrounds.   Courtney Lukitsch has shared her response to such a claim by defending the merits of an architecture education.  ArchDaily reaches a wide range of readers – from established professions to students just entering the field – and we’d like to hear your thoughts on the value of pursuing an architecture education.

“Recently published reports about education degrees ‘not to pursue’ in architecture, design and art, made the rounds in the national press and A&D industry, raising eyebrows and demanding closer scrutiny.  Needless to say, this news spread like wildfire on social platforms such as Facebook and twitter, oddly to scant commentary among top-tier critics, academics and educators, architects and designers, a decidedly vocal and opinionated group of incredibly well educated professionals.”

Read the rest of Lukitsch’s article after the break. 

House in Nakameguro / Yoritaka Hayashi Architects

© Takumi Ota

Architects: Yoritaka Hayashi Architects
Location: Meguro, , Japan
Collaborators: Akira Suzuki / ASA (Structural Engineer) , Takasou Takahashi / SESSE-Design (Façade Consultant)
Site Area: 40.01 sqm
Building Area: 32.17 sqm
Total Floor Area: 99.80 sqm
Project Year: December of 2010
Structure: Steel frame
Photographs: Takumi Ota

Architects are, do, and/or do not…

Architects are not funny

Architects do not fish

Architects do not understand velvetta

Architects do not hunt, they do peck

Architects have not seen ”Two and a Half Men”

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‘I Have Seen the Future’ Event / CityVision

I Have Seen the Future will be the fourth event that the creative Roman group, CityVision, will present at the MACRO museum of via Nizza in Rome next February 17th at 6:30pm. After the great success of Rome CityVision Experience,…

Jidaiya Arashiyama / GENETO

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Architect: GENETO - Koji Yamanaka, Yuji Yamanaka, Asako Yamashita
Location: , Japan
Structure: Wooded structure
Floor Area: 47.79 sqm
Total Floor Area: 94.6 sqm
Photographs: Yasutake Kondo

Casa Mar / Coleman-Davis Pagan Arquitectos

© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez

Architects: Coleman-Davis Pagan Arquitectos 
Location: Ocean Park, San Juan,
Design Team: Jose R. Coleman-Davis Pagán, Ariel Santiago Bermudez, Pedro J. Santa Rivera, Víctor Nieto Villalón, Yadira Adorno Pomales, Francisco Rivera Rodríguez, Edgardo D. Ocasio Roig, Yanitza Maldonado González
Interior Designer: BASICO (Jean Pierre Santoni)
Photographs: José Fernando Vázquez Pérez


Xiaoquan Elementary School / TAO

© Yao Li

Architect: TAO (Trace Architecture Office) – HUA Li
Location: , Sichuan Province, Xiaoquan town
Total Floor Area: 8,900 sqm
Construction cost: RMB 14 Million
Completion: 2010
Design team: HUA Li, Zhu Zhiyuan, Jiang Nan, Li Guofa, Kong Desheng
Photograph: Yao Li 


‘Architecture & the Media Series – Architecture Criticism Today’ Discussion

‘Architecture & the Media Series – Architecture Criticism Today’ Discussion

Co-sponsored by the AIA NY Marketing and PR Committee and the Oculus Committee, the Architecture & the Media Series – Architecture Criticism Today discussion will take place Monday, February 27, 6 pm – 8 pm at the Center for Architecture…

Cultural Place In Domaine de Bayssan / MDR Architectes

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Architects: MDR Architectes
Location: , France
Photographs: Courtesy of MDR Architectes


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“Building Intelligence Project” Think Tank

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) will present the Columbia Building Intelligence Project (C-BIP) sixth International Think Tank on February 24, 2012, at the powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn, New York.
Leading educators, architects, engineers, fabricators, contractors,…

Flashback: Basilea Station / Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos and Giraudi-Wettstein

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Architects: Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos  in collaboration with Giraudi-Wettstein
Location: train station, Centralbahnstrasse 10, 4051 ,
Completion date: 2003
Collaborators: J. C. Mulero, M. Velasco, L. Gutiérrez. Cruz y Ortiz arquitectos M. Delmenico, T. Radczuweit, P. Vitali. Giraudi-Wettstein, Itten + Brechbühl AG., Technical Surveyors, Passera & Pedretti, Structural Consultant, Rinaldo Passera, Erich Borer, Tadeusz Tzsesiac, Suiselectra Ingenierunternehmungn AG, Services Consultant
Built area: Footbridge: 9.000 sqm
Parking: 14.700 sqm
Client: Passarelle Bahnhof Basel SBB
Photographs: Courtesy of Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos


Abu Dhabi International Airport / KPF

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The new Midfield Terminal Complex at International Airport was just approved by the Executive Council of . Within master plan, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), the terminal is conceived as a gateway to the city. The design creates large, unimpeded internal zones that will enhance the passenger experience, and can accommodate long‐term adaptability to industry demands. More images and architects’ description after the break.

In Progress: Water Circle / UnSangDong Architects

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Architects: UnSangDong Architects
Location: 555-9 SongSan-li SeolAk-myeon GaPyung Kyeunggi-do,
Client: Cheong-shim
Bldg, Area: 505.00 sqm
Gross Floor Area: 637.40 sqm
Structure: R.C.
Photographs: Kyung-sub Shin

Park Brow Community Primary School / 2020 Liverpool

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Architects: 2020 Liverpool
Location: Broad Lane, Kirkby, , Merseyside L32 6QH,
Client: Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Structural Engineer: 2020 Liverpool
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: 2020 Liverpool
Contractor: Morgan Sindall
Completion Date: 2011
Site Area: 47,041 sqm
Photographs: Infinite 3D

Is the Field of Architecture Experiencing a “Meltdown” or is it just Evolving?

Butaro Hospital © MASS Design Group

Many of you may have probably noticed Scott Timberg’s article “The Architecture Meltdown” (Salon, February 4, 2012) circling the internet. The gloomy article discusses the unknowing future and possible demise of the architectural profession – the “glamour profession of the creative class”. Timberg describes struggling professionals that are either unemployed or working full-time at intern wages within a profession that is largely focused on the 1 percent.

There is no doubt that many architects and recent graduates are struggling. Architecture succeeded with the and crashed with it as well. With statistics revealing the highest unemployment rates among those with bachelor’s degrees in architecture and articles flooding the internet with titles “Want a Job? Go to College, and Don’t Major in Architecture” ( Times, January 5th, 2012), there is not doubt that people are scared and unsure of where the profession is heading. Meanwhile, the (AIA) is cheering for a “2.1 percent rise in spending this year for non-residential construction projects”, a bit of optimism many are grasping onto for hope. However, we are headed somewhere. As Timberg states, “People will always need houses, cities and nations will always need schools and libraries and civic buildings, and trendy restaurants will need redesigns. Architecture will never die completely.”

Please continue reading to see Thomas Fisher’s response to Scott Timberg.

House In The Moscow Region / Sergey Nasedkin

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Architects: Sergey Nasedkin
Location: ,
Completion: 2010
Total area:210 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Sergey Nasedkin


Raakspoort Haarlem / BOLLES+WILSON

© Christian Richters

Location: Raaks Kwartier, Zijlvest 39, NL-2011 VB , The Netherlands
Client: MAB Development Nederland B.V
Deisgn Team: Prof. Julia B. Bolles-Wilson, Peter L. Wilson
Size: 18,500 sqm
Costs: 18.3 Mio Euro
Completion: October 2011
Photographs: Christian Richters

The Dike House in Wierumerschouw / Onix

© Rob de Jong

Architects: Onix
Location: , The Netherlands
Photographs: Rob de Jong, Mark Sekuur