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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (Dec 2 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470372109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470372104
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.5 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #566,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"At the risk of sounding redundant about a newly released Wiley reference-based publication, I must admit that if were in a classroom environment, at least 2 copies of Becoming an Architect would be made available to my students. Once again, Wiley Press has hit the bullseye in producing textual material designed to comprehensively inform a segment of the industry seeking to make educated choices about their career direction." (, June 2010)

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If you are considering a career in architecture, start with this highly visual guide to preparing for and succeeding in the profession. Becoming an Architect, Second Edition gives you an inside view of what it takes to be an architect, including an over-view of the profession, educational requirements, design specialties from which to choose, the job search, registration requirements, and the many directions in which a career in architecture can go.

Drawing on years of experience guiding eager students along the path to becoming professional architects, Lee Waldrep explains:

  • What it takes to earn an accredited professional degree in architecture

  • How to gain experience through an internship

  • What you need to know to pass the Architect Registration Examination (ARE)

  • How to choose from among the various design specialties and career options in architecture

  • Proven ways to find a job in architecture

In his Foreword, Marvin Malecha, FAIA, the 2009 AIA National President and Dean of the College of Design at North Carolina State University, writes, "In this publication, Lee Waldrep has provided the insights to guide an individual through the many choices available in a career in architecture. Interviews with individuals who have undertaken this journey are useful not only as inspiration but also because the diversity of careers within the profession is well represented. A life in architecture is defined by opportunity and choice. It can be a journey made confusing by the number of curricular choices and the variety of institutional settings and career options. This publication sheds light on the path. Every potential student of architecture will benefit from the guidance."

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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The book is really nothing but a bunch of interview questions and the answers architects give to them, which isn't a bad thing. There are several pictures of architectural structures, several drawings, and some diagrams of buildings as well. Instead of reading a concise summary of the authors research you instead get the raw data (for the most part) and draw your own conclusions from it.

I kept seeing a few similar traits over and over in the architects the author interviewed and this led me to not become an architect.

I did find it rather interesting that the author is NOT an architect and never was. But you don't have to be something in order to research it and write about it now do you? Of course not. The author did however pursue the field of architecture so they do have some first hand knowledge to draw on.

A very good book in my opinion, it was worth the purchase.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5b4896c) out of 5 stars Our guide for locating architecture programs Nov. 10 2010
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I don't know how we would have navigated the process of locating architecture programs and schools without this book. The author includes information from the definition of an architect through education, careers and licensing. The interviews with architects cover a broad spectrum and offer great insight into the profession. A MUST READ FOR ASPIRING ARCHITECTS!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa59d21bc) out of 5 stars An informative book with many viewpoints Aug. 17 2010
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This book contains many interviews from those whom have gone to architecture school. I liked that the author chose to interview many people from different fields which goes to show that one does not have to strictly be an architect after having gone to school for architecture.

I would recommend reading this if you have any interest in architecture as a possible career path.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5b48e40) out of 5 stars Would be a good book... Jan. 2 2014
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only purchase a properly printed, factory edition of this book. There's some misprints inside this one that makes it almost impossible to read certain chapters.
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HASH(0xa5b48df8) out of 5 stars Detailed, Step by Step Guide Feb. 5 2012
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I'm a high school senior. I purchased this book the summer before my senior year started to make sure architecture was the major I was going to really want to apply to, and did this help. The guide is so detailed you'll really be able to "plan" your life for the next ten to fifteen years. You know which way your career will most likely go and where it will end up. Architecture is not for the faint of heart; it is a lot of work, time, and sitting in front of a computer. Since then, I've been accepted into college to study architecture and will continuously refer back to parts of this guide.