Soon I think About the house will be online, and be able to include much more content and extra features - bit like transition from VCR tapes to DVDs I suppose. Some thoughts of mine:
Does anyone think the architectural profession could do with some consolidation at the moment? I mean, the act of drawing is supposed to be this one sacred skill that keeps all things coherent for the architect, but allow me to elaborate.
(1) UCD and Bolton Street, separated for the sake of 50/40 students per year - how is that economical, and the fact the each one claims to have a different ethos etc, etc.
(2) Work Experience. Certain things aren't even done in architecture school, since you are supposed to get 'this experience training'.
(3) AAI in other countrys would be linked to the major architectural school of the city, and therefore properly included in the curriculum, or spirit and abiance of the educational place. In this country is it separated.
(4) Geography courses, are linked up with planning courses out in UCD and in turn linked up with civil service jobs to be a planner.
(5) Architectural technician - much more employment prospects - very business like way to doing work compared to architect per se. But totally disconnected from the Architectural course.
(6) Computer CAD use and so forth - a separate department again and something that has crept in - that all young architects are supposed to theoretically use and know etc.
(7) On line as in Archiseek etc or some version of that, not used to bring some more consolidation.
I could go on and on I suppose, but what it really boils down to is a total lack of consolidation of a profession. I honestly have no idea how any other profession could afford to carry on with this amount of fragmentation and disorganisation. You are supposed somehow as a young person undertaking to become an architect to negotiate this mess - a lot of the time, on your own steam, by wandering around from pillar to post.
Anyone else have any comments about this topic?