Do you want to be an Architect?

A few years ago I started a series of posts that were directed towards people who had an interest in either becoming an architect or now that they had finished school … what happens next? The intent when I started this series was to create a depository of answers to questions that people tended to email me – thinking I could just refer people to the post on the subject rather than having to recreate the answer over and over again. These posts have been created over a two-year period and I discovered that some people who wanted this information still couldn’t find it and I still found myself back where I started. Hopefully now that I have created a single page that will contain all of the posts that fall into the category of “Do you want to be an Architect” I can accomplish my original goal of the blind leading the blind.

What this page will not contain (because it seems to change with remarkable regularity) is anything to do with the act or process of getting licensed, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), Intern Development Program (IDP), or what college you should consider attending. Those things have to many moving parts to consider and (wah-wahhhhh) since I have been licensed for a while now, I don’t keep up with the changes.

If there is a topic you think you would like me to address, please feel free to send your suggestions to me –

In the meantime, I hope that this is a resource for those of you looking for some answers.



Do you want to be an Architect?

It takes a lot of commitment and desire to become an architect. Nobody becomes an architect because they think it sounds cool or they like to draw. There is a lot more to it and I think it needs to be a calling for you to even think you will experience any measurable success. Do you think you have what it takes to be an architect?



 The College Years 

When I tell people who I knew I wanted to be an architect by the time I was 5 years old, they think how lucky that must have been! But am I really so lucky? There was a time when I thought I had made a terrible decision, and I found myself struggling with the classes and the time and effort required to just to keep pace with my peers. (but I think this story has a happy ending)



Design Studio: Top 10 Things you should know

Architecture school is all about the studio. Whether you are new to design studio or a seasoned pro, there are a few things that I thought I would share with all you that dispel some commonly accepted ideas of what architecture studio really requires from its attendees. I think you might be surprised to read a few things on this list but I promise that you will be better off for having read this list.



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What makes you a designer?

As a practicing architect. not everything I do is big picture design. From the overall time I spend working in the office, very little is – but good architecture isn’t always about the big killer idea. I consider coordinating a project and the details of the construction of that project integral to a successful design.



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Drawing like an Architect

I am living proof that you don’t have to draw well to be an architect. Having the ability to draw beautiful pictures doesn’t hurt but let’s pull the curtain back and be honest here for a minute … Architects communicate through their drawings – we aren’t making art. As architect Lou Kahn once famously said, “an artist can make a cart with square wheels, but an architect can’t.”




How much money does an architect make?

Architects can make a great living but there is balance between money and happiness that must be found. This post contains a snapshot of some of the best places to work and what areas of the country pay the highest salary for architects. Before anybody starts whining and moaning about how architects are underpaid, let me tell you now that I don’t want to hear it. Teachers are underpaid.



The ‘Not so Sexy Side to Architecture’

There is a reality check coming for most graduating architecture students. Practicing architecture for 99.9% of the architects out there means something other than designing – at least what you might typically think design really means. The practice of architecture is more than sketching on trace paper, parti diagrams, deciding what pens to draw with, groupies, and last-minute trips to Vegas with the client. It means solving problems – sometimes incredibly mundane and uninspired – yet very important problems to the people who retain your services.



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An Architect’s Tool Bag

To be an architect you must have specific tools to get the job done. Here is a look at the ones I use most often. Some (but not all) are clearly throw-backs tools that reflect the fact that I graduated from architecture school 20 years ago. Despite the fact that I am pretty good at AutoCAD, I didn’t put it on my list of tools. If I had made my list a little longer it probably would have showed up.



Architectural Interns

Here are some unique insights into how an architecture student can rise to the top of a pile of resumes and get that coveted architectural intern position. I also share with you the most abrasive and shocking story from my first day on the job at my first intern position. It’s Cuh ra zee! If we ever meet in person, you can buy me a beer and I’ll tell you who Boss #2 is from the story.



So there you go – the first collection of articles geared towards architecture students, architectural interns, and people interested in the process of what it takes to become an architect.  I will be setting this post up as a permanent page at the top of my site and will be adding posts to it as I see fit (which means when I actually write them). LIke I said in the beginning, this is supposed to be a resource for people so if you see a topic missing that you would like to see my thoughts on the subject are, just send me an email –




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  • Sarbjeet

    I’m 13 I just wanted to ask what secondary school I should go to if I want to be an architect

  • Mickey

    I’m 11 and I really want to become an architect 😀 What classes should I take? I’m in year 7, I get to choose in year 8.
    I’m a girl.

    • Bob Borson

      at your age, it’s a little hard to say (and being a girl has nothing to do with it). I would recommend that you take any sort of art courses that allow you to practice drawing what you see either in front of you, or in your head. Being able to translate your ideas in to some format that other people can see.

  • Alec

    How time consuming is it through the week?

  • yazan

    my only question. do you need to be skillful at drawing to become an architect ? to be honest, i dont know how to draw

  • omar

    would you know anybody that can advise in this ? :) if you know this is my email thanks

  • Omar

    followed by previous comment….. oh and i graduated 4-5 years ago today they have a one year qualifying plan to join if your percentage is 85% but i am 27 years old and cannot cut off 5 years of my future for studying. would there be any way i can continue my dream ?

    • Bob Borson

      see my response below

  • Omar

    I wanted to be an architect but my university did not accept my score 85% out of 100% so i had join accountancy.
    Now i want to become an architect and maybe in the future have my own Interior design/architectural company I love to sketch my imaginations has no limits.I just love to be an architect. is it too late for me ? I heard a friend of mine said there are certified programmes for such cases that would open doors for me in the corporate world. please share your knowledge and let me know what i can study and do or anything in that matter.


    • Bob Borson

      Hi Omar,

      I’m not the right guy to talk to when it comes to educational career paths – I’ve no practical experience and took a traditional path to get where I’m at. Maybe someone else who has been through a similar circumstance can offer you some advice —

  • Sue Hesham

    I am a second year architecture student and I think maybe I made the wrong decision. I am not good at sketching( I know you said it’s okayh but mine are not even decent ones), nor designing. I can come up with a plan, but not with a concept. So I get very low grades in my projects. They seem to only care about the concept. I think that the other students have super powers to be able to do it while I can’t. Most of them are good at sketching and manual presentation while I am not. I even took presentation classes but it didn’t help me much. I don’t know what to do. I love architecture but I have the feeling that I am not good at this thing and maybe I shouldn’t work later with that degree. Can you help me on how to improve myself and become a designer who can come up with a concept? I was googling this and I came across your blog.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Bob Borson

      Hi Sue – you are a brave person for being able to admit your challenges so early in to your educational process. There isn’t an answer that I can write that can help you with your challenges of coming up with a concept for your projects. I can say that I had a moment like this when I was in my Freshman year of architectural school and it wasn’t until I learned to not take things so literally did things begin their turnaround for me (but it wasn’t truly until my junior year in studio, my fourth year in architectural school) that thing really clicked so don’t give up!!

      I’ve told this story before but we had to take a fruit or vegetable and change the scale of it and turn it in to some sort of architectural structure. I did the very unimaginative cucumber as a skyscraper … boring and certainly not very creative. I looked around and I saw where one guy have turned a bell pepper in to a hanger for the space shuttle
      His was so much better and mine utterly and completely sucked. It was that moment when I realized that I was not allowing myself to be creative – I grounded myself by only thinking linearly and my work was obvious and uninspired. As soon as I started saying “why not?” when I had an idea did things change.

      Don’t limit yourself – look for things that inspire you (things you can find anywhere and from anything) and try to figure out a way to incorporate them in to your projects.

      Best of luck

      • Andres

        This really inspire me a lot sir!
        Thanks a lot. I also have the same problem, that’s why.

  • Victoria Teo

    Hi Sir, I’m quite interested in architecture and ur an design/ planning, but I heard you would need portfolios especially when you go for interviews for BAarch in universities but I don’t have any! Do you have any advice on how do I build up my portfolio?

    • Bob Borson

      the easy answer is that you need to do the work that would eventually go in to a portfolio – practice sketches, photography, artwork … anything that can show your creative side and process. I don’t think most schools are looking for your architectural genius coming out of high school, just some idea on how you see things.

  • Wilson

    @JonathanS.,most architect already envied you because some architect don’t have projects.,what I can suggest you is to make a firm that offer services for architects with your computer skills.,thats a hell yeah! I hope you can hire me as one of your staff.,GL to your new firm =)

  • Wilson

    As long as you have interest in architecture there is no problem.,i think the problem of architecture student is math and not sketching =)

    • Bob Borson

      both can be dealt with by practicing each just a little bit.

  • Ashmin Fathima

    Hello sir. I am a BArch student. I am really interested in this career field. But I am not that great at sketching. Is that okay? I am scared now because I feel I chose the wrong field due to the lack of perfection in my sketches.

    • PerpetualRed

      All you gotta do is practice, man. If you want to be better at sketching, try to just draw – without a ruler or an architectural scale. If I were to count how many things I drew in my lifetime (people, abstract,etc.) I honestly wouldn’t know, because I draw every single day. Even if you draw only a few things a day, if you continuously do so, the sum total will grow higher as well. From the 100s,1000s, and who knows? Hundred thousands, depending on how much you draw. It’s also kind of in the way you improve, or try to improve. I know someone that started drawing the same age as me, but the difference in our skills are vast. From the way we draw any kind of shape to the speed of which we can draw something. (Not telling you who’s better) Also, take note of the buildings around you, (anything, really, cars, street lights, human forms, too) and try to recall it in your head the next time you want to draw something. The curves, how the different spacing of the lines look more realistic (although that’s not the point here) the outcroppings, the basic shape, and so forth. I’m not saying for you to copy, for ideas, however. If you’re going to use buildings to use and try to re draw, that’s fine. Using it as an idea for getting into something, is definitely not. Just use different things as reference. I do this every time I walk, and even on campus, and look over at the trees and neighboring buildings. That’s probably why I lag behind when the whole family get’s together. This usually helps for me, and I find my motivation and somehow pull myself along to keep improving. Keep on sketching. I know this, although I’m not in the architect major myself.
      Also, there are many times when I see a sketch as very, very flawed and not “perfect”, as you say it, you have to see the good things as well, instead of looking at only the bad areas. And of course, you have to improve upon that. Have a problem with basic shape? Then keep drawing basic shape. Repetition. Albiet this can be very slow, and often times (I’ve experienced it myself) agonizing, and many times you will want to quit it for a few days. But, this is a technique that many artists use, (even though your interested in the field of architecture) and for a good reason. In the long run, it helps.

      Also, to answer your question about that, it’s not a necessity for an architect to be good at sketching, but it would be nice to. Consider learning the tricks of the trade by lessons, looking online, and other resources you may have.Or just other classmates, really – they might have a thing or two to tell you about how they draw.

      • Abdutolib

        I had the same problem. Thank you. Now, i know what to do

  • nozanneti

    architecture is a bad dream …

  • Andres

    Do an architect really need a creative mind? I am 17 and choose architecture major to attend. I must confess that I think I dont that kind of creative thinking, will schools teach me how to think and draw design? I want to become an architect.

  • Jonathan S

    It it possible to join the architectural field later in life by getting an MArch? I’m an independent software engineer in my 40’s with an interest in sustainable architecture. I do both the visual design and the technical design in my current work. I’ve renovated/rebuilt a couple of houses, helped build some timber frame clay straw buildings and recently was the primary photographer in an architectural book about how to build these types of houses (The econest home – Designing and building a light clay straw house) I may get to the point where I can rely on my software income to provide a foundation so I can choose to change careers while still being financially supported. I would have done it earlier but got sidetracked by life :) Does one have to start at the beginning of life to make this work? I always feel incredibly at home around builders and architects something I’ve never felt in the software field. How humans interact with their built environment is becoming the only important career on a finite planet.

    • Bob Borson

      I don’t think it’s ever to late to pursue a calling. If this is something that you feel drawn towards and have the ability to actually pursue – I think you owe to yourself to give it a go.

  • Seki

    Hello! Is there any advice you’d like to give us students (especially me going Grade 11) on how to prepare ourselves? I’m very nervous about this path since sometimes I find myself in difficulties in understanding things. Wouldn’t be a hindrance?

    • Bob Borson

      not understanding things would be a hindrance in any path I would think.

      My favorite piece of advice for you people thinking about being an architect wondering what they can do to prepare is to simply pay attention to your surroundings and try and think through why you like the things you like. Everything else you should experience and learn while in school.

  • Adryy Perry

    Hello there! im Adrian, i am a grade 10 student and im going to senior highschool next academic year, im from Philippines…16 years old, i want to be a licensed architect someday but my problem is, i am not very well good in math :( but i am very skillful and very good in Arts/Drawing etc…but because of that, i can’t give up of what struggles that coming to face me for my future, i do my best, specially for mathematics to achieve my goals…to be an succesful ARCHITECT…can you tell me what i need to study to become a very whelmed and succesful Architect? :) <3

    • Seki

      We’re exactly the same! I’m from Philippines too, turning a Senior High School Next Year. I am an aspiring architect too but my problem is I’m not doing well in Mathematics. It’s lowering my confidence. I need a lot of creativity too.

      By the way, what kind of track are you going to pursue this coming Senior High School? 😀 I am having a difficulty in choosing of which track I need to get myself prepared for Architecture course in college T_T

      • wilson

        I have classmates with drawing skills and good at sketching or like Michaelangelo level.,but guess what they did not graduated collage but still they are doing fine now some of them are working as lighting consultant or Project managers.,it is not all about skills alone it depends on your determination.,

        • PerpetualRed

          Yup. It’s not all about drawing, either – although it is a good thing to have.

    • Bob Borson

      Read my comment above to Seki – it’s good advice for whatever path you end up choosing.

    • PerpetualRed

      Well, I don’t know much, but for one thing, it’s math. Definitely, math. You can’t plan a structure incorrectly, if you’re an architect. Because most of the time, it will be people that are in there. If it’s unstable due to wrong measurements, it will collapse. As for things to study for being an architect, look it up. It’s all over the place. Also, it’s not too early to start learning some of the topics on there. Also, presenting. Yeah. Even after graduating high school you still have to present in the work place, especially when you go for approval for your idea. You got to know why it’s good, and why it should be approved. So, getting over extreme nervousness of presenting without knowing anyone around you, as well as saying something persuasive, would probably be a good thing, as well. Not all nervousness, (although that would be nice) just to the extent, in case you do have it, to be able to not shiver and have your voice waver. (And not blanking out so you forget what to say.) Anything deeper than that, not sure. Remember, the internet is out there with information.

  • Lobusona Silalahi

    I’m 37 years old now. I graduated in 2014 from Saint Thomas University, Medan-Indonesia, Architecture. I study Architecture for 9 years. Until now, I don’t know : what is an Architect?

    • wilson

      are you serious? Look around any structure you see or built.,it is called architecture my friend =)

  • Dustin Nicol

    Hello I an a 13 years old kid and I love to draw. Can any of you future architect tell me why and how to be an architect in the future for me to get ready in the future. What kind of struggle is there in the future

    • PerpetualRed

      I’m not replying to what kind of struggle there is in the future, but I am replying to give feedback on your photo. Wow, there’s anime, too! Niceee. Anyway, it seems that you used a lot of blending in the creating your rose. Note that this isn’t the only technique in making shadows. Also, it might be good to draw the shape with less strokes. Not only does it save time, it will make things look a lot cleaner. (Tried telling this to my classmates, but they never listen.) That’s the bottleneck of drawing – it’s your choice to stay at that level for years and years on end, or break through sooner, and improve. Up to you.

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  • Smile Elsa

    Hey Bob,
    I have had passion for Architecture (well i think i have) since grade 9 (so I think sophomore in America) now i am just about to complete my finals Exams (HSC here in Australia) , similar to you once i enter a building I “look at the ceiling before the menu,” my parent make a joke out of it that when we go on a holiday I am more interested in the buildings than the relaxing environment itself. I am just afraid that university would just be a delusion of the real world, would my career in architecture trap me behind a desk, because i love to socialize and interact with people too and i would hate it if that happens to me. Also would you say that a career in Architecture is family friendly? How hard is it (honestly) to find a decent job (that will not trap me behind a desk) with this degree or within this field, because every one is warning against it Another thing, I suck at drawing (photography and computer based design is more my field)… But i am very good at Math.

  • Edward

    Hey guys….can anyone help me?!?! In future I want to become an architect and i want to find more about it, i want to know what to do and what I require to be one…

  • HowBoutFruit

    Hi im only a sophomore in high school but i have just recently learnt that i really like making buildings even if its not very realistic. i am not very good at math and i dont do well with a lot of work on my hands. i tend to give up a lot my mind can never focus. i doubt that i can be an architect in the future but i just need to know from an actual architect them self if i should just look for a different job or try it out. please help me out. thank you.

  • Golsa Mi

    hello ! Im a junior and i was thinking of becoming a math professor but when i seriously thought about it i was boring for me despite all my laziness i want a job that will make me run from here to there or travel from country to country and the idea of it didn’t just one day pop in my head i got inspired by a bridge in my home country.It wasn’t just a typical bridge it is above the highway and its for people to walk on . And about my grades my math is in high 90s and i would give myself 810 in art.Do u think it’s a good idea for me to go for architecture? I want some inspiration words form someone who actually studied architecture :( it would be great if u could help me

    • wilson

      You are on the right track.,you can go engineering or architecture.,but be prepared of stress and working late everyday and working on holidays.,

  • MA

    Architecture is for the wealthy and the connected. I was convinced by an instructor at the end of high school to read a couple of books (the Fountainhead by Ayn Rand was one of them), and I fell for it. I loved school both the design and atelier portions, and the field practices in construction. I liked structures, mechanical systems and other engineering dabbing of calculations and rules of thumb. I went on to work and found a job as a cost control specialist, then multiple gigs as a project manager and once in a while as a project architect. This was in Mexico. When I moved to the US I was dissapointed at the categorization of architects as only designers (in the sense of putting together an aesthetically pleasing building, not as drafters, another misnomer). And then reality hit me: I hit the salary ceiling in the AE firms, so I started working with design/build firms, where in their mind the architect is there for code compliance and prettiness only. I ended up specializing in food and beverage facilities and am at the top of the pay scale again. I could give up architecture, but then I would be doing project management or something I will end up hating. There is no respect for architecture and both the schools and the AIA are to blame for it… The curricula is elitist at best, nauseatingly maudlin and impractical at worst. The new graduates are an embarrassment to the profession: they don’t have the skills to survive, so they become interns and live on crumbs. How did we allow this to happen? The only ones doing well are a fraction of the architectural community out there, and their success is based on fortunate birth or marriages. It is disgusting to no end.

    • wilson

      MA.,you are absolutely correct! Architect are for the wealthy and well connected and I suffer the same.,i think the ultimate goal of architects is to live up an architectural firm and die with it! it don’t guarantee success but who knows.,architecture is for the lucky one as well =).,live and die as an architect!

  • Andrew

    Hi Bob, I studied architectural technology but it has been 6 years since I graduated. I felt university really didn’t help get me ready for the job market and ended up in a completely different field and interviews for entry level, even unpaid architectural positions have been sparse. I have taken different courses to keep my knowledge and skills up to date on AutoCad, Revit and architectural tech, but I am feeling like it will never happen. I am not sure if it is worse not getting a reply or some of the more insulting replies like I’m too old (I’m in my 30’s) or they can just hire hundreds of students straight out of uni. I love architecture and I would do anything to start but I am feeling low after another rejection letter. Do you believe its ever too late and how do I get noticed when I haven’t done anything professionally? Thanks

  • BPW

    Looking for a little insight… I turn 30 in a few months, I’ve been in the residential building field since I was 16. Dropped out of school to work. I have owned my own business for 6 yrs and I enjoy what I do, but I’ve always had the dream of becoming an architect. I did get my G.E.D. back in my late teens. I have a family, including 3 young kids and I’ve been really thinking about doing something more. I need to continue working if I go back to school. In your opinion is it too late? Will I get enough of an education from online schooling? Thanks for your input.
    P.s. I love your articles

    • Bob Borson

      Hi BPW,
      Normally at 30 I wouldn’t say it’s too late. I would ask you to evaluate your goals and determine if becoming an architect is truly a goal or a desire. Could you still do what you want and not have to commit yourself to a process that will take a considerably long time? If you want to get licensed, and you’ll only be able to go through school at a slower rate (since you’ll be working at the same time) you’ll have years and years ahead of you. Do you really need to do this? I would never be one to get between someone and their dreams so if your up for the process, I’d say go for it.

      • wilson

        Yeah go for it! Get licensed and build your own townhouses.,since you have family idk what will be your priorities.,don’t think your late you are way ahead compared to others!

  • sai yeswanth

    I completed my +2 and now join in the architecture.can give detail explain of ceramic in architecture


    hey bob. I’m a 12th grader in India. I want to take up architecture next year. But i dont know if i have it in me to become a good architect,though i have a passion for buildings. can you help me?

    • Bob Borson

      Not really – I’m not sure that you could provide me with enough information where I could predict whether or not you have it in you to become a good architect … but this would be true almost about any profession/major. You could possibly take a summer course at a local school or university to try and get a better feel for what it would be like to study architecture. You won’t know for years if you have what it takes to become a good architect.

  • Malvika Agarwal

    hi bob, i’m a freshman in a design college…and i have some doubts about taking architecture as a major. As i have my interests in admiring architects and buildings and aspire to be like them….someday! and also i didn’t have physics in my 11th and 12th grade, will it pose a problem? i really want to take architecture as my major but i don’t know if i’ll be able to cope up with the competition. Also I’m pretty good in math. please help me out…

    • Bob Borson

      I didn’t take physics until I got to college – while it was hard, it didn’t persuade me to pursue another path.

  • Nouf

    Hello bob,

    Im graduating highschool mid 2016 and im not sure if im into arch that much..
    I enjoy studying engineering mathematics and have no problem with drawing but all video games that are about constructing and building are not my thing at all! How can i know if im up to it or not?

    • Bob Borson

      While you are still young enough to know yourself a bit, you have to recognize that who you are today will only be a small part of who you will become. I don’t think you can know if you are up for being an architect or not but if you already have doubts and you haven’t really engaged yourself in an architectural program yet, I don’t think things are going to get more interesting for you. I could be wrong (I frequently am) but maybe this is something that you could audit a college level course and see if there is an interest level there prior to committing.

  • miraj

    Hi bob. I’m in 6th grade. I want to become an arch. and can you tell me thing,books or softwares i can refer to. I work on sketchup in the expert level. here are my designs.I also know revit basics.

  • kay d

    Hi Bob !
    I cam across your article today aftee discussing career goals with a friend. I really enjoy interior design and anything having to do with “decor”. On my free time I spend quite some time on a computer game, The Sims, for the sole purpose of building houses and decorating them. I love doing that! Would this be a good career choice? My other option is elementary school teacher… lol

    • Bob Borson

      Hard to sa with limited information. If it seems like something you would enjoy, why not audit a design class or take a summer session and get a better feel for what might be involved?

  • prabhjot

    Hi bob! I’m prabhjot…. i’m studying in 7th grade and i want to be an architect in future…. can you please… tell me some books which ican study in this field.

    • Bob Borson

      click on any article on this site (any of the articles listed on this page will do) and you will find an Amazon link to a whole bunch of books that I currently recommend.

  • moosa

    Hi bob, I am currently studying Electrical engineering and since I was a kid I really liked drawing till grade 12. However my university didn’t have architecture engineering for males so I had to go with electrical. I want to ask if I can study architecture on my own in the house and continue my passion that I never had. I have already download AutoCad but I need to learn the basics so I don’t know how or where to start from.

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  • Mentor Gashi

    hi im a student of architecture and i vant to lern more than i lern for architecture i vant to study hard can you to send me more books about architecture in my email :

  • pullyanna

    hi bob
    my name is pollyanna i’m an architect student , i’m in the 3 year ..i started to think about the future and the work that’s make me scared and think that i might be a bad architect …i don’t know every time i try to design i get confused i have so much ideas but i can’t make it real on my projects ..i love to design to create thats make me happy but i don’t know if i can be good !!!!

    • wilson

      Hi.,i think just enjoy and develop your design while at school no need to worry much on construction but at least be familiar with steel,concrete & wood construction. In real life you will deal with structural, MEP and other consultants if your design is feasible. I hope I am making sense to you

  • Dube Deep Kim

    Good day Bob my name is Victor from South Africa, i would like to ask does one have do Techinal drawing at high school to apply for Architect at tertiary or you can still apply for it if you have not done techinal drawing at high school?

    • Bob Borson

      I am not the right resource for answering this sort of question since a) I didn’t go to school in South Africa and as a result, don’t know their requirements, and b) I graduated from college a long time ago and I have not kept up with the educational requirements. I would recommend that you go to the website of the school you would like to attend and look for the list of requirements they have most likely listed on their site.

  • Euphoria

    Well thank you for this article, and it has really made me think. I saw the studio and I got scared. I don’t really know what it is that I want to do, and I went for architecture because it sounded cool and I like the idea of designing skyscrapers and such. I don’t really know now. Ps I’m a freshman as of now, but I’m a very very very confused freshman. Please reply.

    • Bob Borson

      First off, all freshman are confused – that’s not something unusual. If you are a freshman now, and it’s the very beginning of September, how much time have you given this? School just started for most people.

  • Brooke Grayson

    Hi Bob!

    My name is Brooke, I am president of AIAS at Wake Tech Community College and I really enjoy your blog. I’ve shared several posts in our chapter’s meetings and among my classmates. I am currently working on my portfolio and application for the Ba of Environmental Design (pre-professional degree) at North Carolina State University, College of Design and I was hoping you might have tips on putting together a portfolio that will increase my chances. :)

    My professors have been very helpful with sharing their projects from school and critiquing my work, but your methods of explaining are also helpful.


    Brooke G.

    • Bob Borson

      maybe this article I wrote on portfolios will be of some help –

      I am assuming this is a getting a job portfolio of student work rather than an internal portfolio that’s part of your curriculum?

      • Brooke Grayson

        Thank you, the portfolio I am working on is for my application to design school. It’s not part of my curriculum at my school.

        • Bob Borson

          Hmmmm – this is a gray area for me since I have never prepared nor reviewed a portfolio for school application. I would think that contacting the actual schools (or school) that the applicant wants to attend and asking them for some parameters would be a better route to take.

  • Sesa

    can you be an architect even if you didn’t know how to draw?

  • khaleel

    Hi I am khaleel ahmed I am from india. And I have completed my btech civil engineering and now I want to become an architecture or interior designer can any one say how it is possible

    • magdaline

      it is so possible it just depends on determination

  • marfran 21

    Hi Sir Bob,
    im just asking if you know anything about, how or where to study architecture in barcelona,spain?

  • Zuha Rashid


    I am metric student ,I am inspired by a human nature of creation since childhood its my biggest dream to be an architect but My marks dose not allow so how can i do ??????

    • Bob Borson

      I’m not sure I have an answer to your question. If you don’t have the grades to get a formal architectural education, maybe you can work your way in to the profession by becoming an architectural drafter and surrounding yourself within the architectural environment.

  • Steph Dunn

    Hi Bob!
    I found this blog very insightful, however I still have a few questions! I have been debating on weather to enroll in architecture school for the last few years. But the thing that is holding me back the most is some of the course material. Like calculus and physics. I’m not the best at math but I can draw very well. Right now I’m doing a business degree and I have a diploma in Graphic Design. So I guess my question is how difficult is the course material? What qualities are an asset to becoming an Architect? Thanks!

  • Hussein hayder

    Hi i finished my first year of architecture university in turkey and i work really hard, do u think i can find a good job after finishing my school and have a good money ? plz reply…

    • marfran 21

      studying architecture is not all about money.. it is a profession with a passion. if you work, just for a money, it is a “job”. but if you work with dedication it is a “profession”. i hope you understand what i meant.

  • Mary N

    Hi I’m starting college now and I am trying to pursue a career as an architect and there’s things that’s bothering me. I’ve done quite a lot of research on employment rate for architects and I keep seeing things such as “Reasons why NOT to be an architect” or “Architects are the TOP unemployed.” I know there are going to be tough challenges in school when I start but I know I’ll work my very best. Shall I change course? I really don’t know what to do…please help. Also, I live in California, do you think that other states or certain states deman architects more than the others?