The Timesonline had a recent article about the current crop of architectural students studying at the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College, London.
The article gives some insight into the motivations behind becoming an architect.
So, what do you go into architecture for? Iain Borden, the head at Bartlett, puts much of the rise down to the Grand Designs factor. “Architecture is much more visible nowadays,” he says. “It’s on the TV. Icon projects are a factor. Students see them on adverts or on holiday. People such as Norman Foster are household names.”
Allen agrees. “We get students at 18 who all like Foster and the Guggenheim in Bilbao and Santiago Calatrava. Architecture is a bit cool. But it’s also a career, so the parents like it too. Everyone’s happy.”
After reading the article my thoughts naturally wandered to the question of why engineering? I became an engineer partly because my father is an engineer, partly for the money but mostly for the sense of accomplishment. It is one of my biggest thrills to see a project that I designed, built and used.
Looking back when I first started I had not heard of any other engineers beside my father. I saw that he had a keen mind and I could sense his immense satisfaction in his work. He loved to point out his projects to us and you could tell how proud he was of his designs.
I was wondering if an article was written about “why engineering”, if students would mention engineering role models? (I’m not sure they could.)
So, why do students become engineers?