When you declare you want to be an architect, no one tells you how long and difficult the process is. No one tells you that you’re going spend 4-7 years in school, and no one tells you that have to pass seven, or six--or however many exams NCARB says you have take--grueling exams that could take years to complete. Oh, let’s not forget the thousands of specific experience hours required to begin taking those exams (wait, did they change that, too?). No one told us, that’s for sure. Maybe that’s a good thing, because otherwise our webcomic, Architexts, would never have come to be. Laughter is the best medicine, after all, and we’re glad to have the opportunity to spread some laughter to our fellow architects.
When you add it all up, becoming an architect is not easy, and it’s not uncommon to wonder if you may have been easy to be a doctor instead. But, we are architects, not doctors. While we often don’t get the notoriety, praise, or billable rate of other professions, there is something special about what we do that makes it all worthwhile. Hopefully.