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21 Things You Won't Learn in Architecture School
Publisher: RIBA Publishing
Date Published: Sep 2014
Stock Code: 82662
Total votes: 7
This book will open your eyes to the realities of practice as an architect. There is sometimes a disconnection between what is taught during architectural education and the actual experience of entering the work place. With relatively little space in the packed architectural school curriculum, professional practice content tends to focus on the facts – legislation and contracts - rather than practical skills and lessons from experience. Yet understanding the value of good communication and business skills or how to promote yourself and your work may just make the difference to your survival in this highly competitive marketplace. This concise and punchy guide aims to challenge your assumptions about what ‘success’ in architecture is and how to achieve it.
In Part 1 Adrian Dobson, the RIBA’s Director of Practice, gives you an insight into the 21 ‘principles’ he thinks all architects should grasp when trying establish their professional careers. He draws lessons from psychology, sociology, marketing, economics, persuasion and resource management all of which are highly relevant to success in architecture.
In Part 2 a diverse selection of highly individual, creative and respected architects, with very different business models, specialisms and approaches, give you the inside story on their journey to prominence – offering you invaluable insights into the makeup of a successful architect and how to approach the years of practice ahead of you. The interviewees include Caroline Buckingham, John Assael, Simon Allford and David Partridge.
This is an invaluable source of advice for architecture students, particularly those at Part 3, but also those who are recently qualified and in their first few years of practice.
Jon from RIBA Bookshops says: “An entertaining read from an author who is not afraid to tell the truth about the reality of being an architect. As well as outlining his list of 21, Dobson has compiled some insightful interviews with 12 successful figures from the world of architecture – all of whom have achieved success on their own terms.”
Your decision to take the final step to become a fully qualified architect and sit the Part 3 exam is a daunting journey into the unknown. This...
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Vinesh Pomal, writing for BD Online
At a time when the subject of architectural education is so pertinent, in particular the much debated lack of discourse between academia and practice, Adrian Dobson provides 21 key insights into the realities of being an architect.
This concise, edgy and welcome book is an invaluable source of information for architecture students at all stages of their career. But it also reminds professionals of best practice behaviour.
With the recent RIBA Education Review taking place, let's hope this book acts as a catalyst for driving changes and becomes 21 things you did learn in architecture school.
Richard G Saxon, CBE
Adrian Dobson, RIBA Director of Practice, tells you about the realities of architecture as a profession, its skills and challenges and how to survive and prosper.
Nigel Ostime, whiteroom architecture
Essential reading for those considering a career in architecture.
Amy Frearson, Deputy Editor, Dezeen
It's about time architectural practice became a little bit more transparent and luckily, with this book, it does
Dr James Benedict Brown, Architectural Educator
The blurb for Adrian Dobson's new book 21 Things You Wont Learn in Architecture School describes it as an invaluable source of advice for architecture students, particularly those at Part 3, but also those who are newly qualified and in their first few years of practice. I beg to differ, as I reckon 21 Things and the Part 3 Handbook are sturdy bookends for both beginning and the end of a formal architectural education. 21 Things is arranged in two parts: firstly, the 21 things of the title and secondly the edited transcripts of twelve interviews with the twelve architects who contributed to Dobson's research. I'm greatly encouraged to read these interviews, as (notwithstanding a few questions about how the sample was chosen, or the transcripts edited) its sound qualitative research that captures the kind of deep, meaningful and diverse practice-based knowledge that I know undergraduate students of architecture crave.
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