Regular Student = Not successful?
Hello, I'm a second year in Architecture school and I was wondering if being a B/C student means I won't be successful or get any jobs while looking for an internship or working after graduation. If I don't have the best average in class nor make the best work, does that mean I won't be successful? And I was wondering if all of the successful architects out there were all A students and were all in Honors and those high study things.And who are successful architects out there that were average and in their practice became successful.
Virginia Singh
Regular Student = Not successful?
Virginia, Those who do well within the inbred (even incestuous) hothouse of architectural academia, do not automatically do well in the real world.

Vice versa, those who do not do well within the architectural academia, do not automatically not do well in the real world. A prime example is Frank Lloyd Wright, who did not complete his academic studies and yet who went on to design many wonderful buildings.

In fact, much if not most of architectural academia operates upon the weird idea that "Either you have talent, or you do not have talent, so that there is no point in trying to teach design, because if you have talent then you do not need to be taught, and if you do not have talent, then you cannot be taught."

I disagree with the above, because every human has the ability to learn in theory, learn through regulated practice and then learn to apply the principles of design and aesthetics in unregulated situations.
Frank John Snelling
Regular Student = Not successful?
An afterthought, it is possible that architecture academia lives in glasshouses and that the students who are forced through such a hothouse system are therefore reluctant to throw stones, because as the saying goes "People who live in glass houses should not throw stones".

I prefer the saying "When you are up to your waist in alligators, you tend to forget your original intention was to drain the swamp." So I wonder how many students went into a school of architecture with the intention of creating architecture and yet forgot this intention because of the need to survive within the system?
Frank John Snelling


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