Seeking Guidance
From Advertising to Architecture?
Hi Everyone!

I am 28 years old, and have been working in Advertising for the past 6 years since I graduated college. I am not an art/graphic designer, but rather in Client Services/Account Management (basically spend my days managing projects and campaigns).

I don't think this is the right fit for me, and have been strongly considering a career change to Architecture. The problem is, I have ZERO experience. My undergraduate degree is in English and Film Studies.

Does anyone have any tips on how I can get started? I live in NYC, so I have a lot of resources, however I am not quite sure where to start. I feel like I would need to have some type of portfolio or design projects under my belt in order to apply to any Masters Degree programs (even the programs for people like myself with a BA in an unrelated field).

If you also think that at 28 I shouldn't be considering a move to Architecture, I would love to hear your thoughts on that too.

Really appreciate any thoughts/feedback.
Kelly Rachelle
From Advertising to Architecture?
Kelly, perhaps the questions should be "What attracts you to architecture? What do you think architecture is? and What do you think you could bring to architecture?" or "What do you want to bring to architecture?"

I ask because given that you are experienced in managing projects and campaigns, then the tendency will be to gravitate towards managing projects rather than designing projects. Both of these areas of architecture are well established within large architectural practices, because there are design architects who dream up designs (which look good but may not work in practice) and there are the project architects who manage (and work with the civil engineers) and get the designs built.
Frank John Snelling


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