Apologies for delayed reply. Was away in the Netherlands for a holiday, documenting in to the Dutch way of life
as Iâ€™m still very tempted to move there to start a post-grad course.
, thanks for the feedbackâ€¦ So is not only me having a hard time getting information from UCDâ€¦to this day I havenâ€™t got basic info about the course like the closing date for applications. The closest I came to an answer was: â€˜would presume itâ€™s the same as it was last yearâ€™â€¦ only to find now from Mal 1
â€™s post that he couldnâ€™t get into the course last year as the course wasnâ€™t run. I think a day trip from the west coast, where Iâ€™m based at the moment, to UCD would help getting the answers about the courseâ€¦ or Iâ€™ll just apply online and see what happens.
I think the course would run this year in some way or anotherâ€¦ as I think there are a lot of people interested. With so many architects unemployed I can see many considering doing post grad coursesâ€¦ and I think for architects â€˜urban designâ€™ is very tempting... I can speak for myself that after almost 3years of practice after graduation with the first two years coinciding with the last years of the construction boom, the field in which I felt was lacking the knowledge was â€˜urban designâ€™, which was essential for large scale projects. I couldnâ€™t really learn from other more experienced architects working in the team as they lacked knowledge or experience in this field as well.
, youâ€™re right, UD is not needed in a downturn when large scale projects are rare. But as we are working in a cyclical business the downturn is the time to â€˜sharpen the sawâ€™ and invest some time in renewing ourselves (Jeez, I sound like Iâ€™m quoting from a self-help bookâ€¦ maybe instead of urban design I should do a â€˜creative writingâ€™ course, more useful on the short term ).
I suppose choosing â€˜urban designâ€™ Iâ€™m betting on the next construction boom which who knows when itâ€™s going to happen. Apparently a safer bet would be to study something in the field of energy efficient technologies for buildings, a field that is more recession proof.
, Iâ€™m thinking of doing the sameâ€¦apply in a few places and postpone the decision for which one Iâ€™m going in the endâ€¦ Iâ€™m hoping for an epiphany along the way.