Architecture as a career
August 30, 2004 at 10:50 am #707302AnonymousInactive
I am new on these boards. I am a graphic designer by trade, but I’m interested in architecture. I’m becoming a little pessimistic about graphic design as a career, this is basically down to the level of professional respect graphic designers get and the lack of work out there. Salaries are generally quite low in the industry in comparison to architecture.
I am aware there is a long learning curve involved if I want to change my career. Any suggestions as to courses? I’m not sure I would be prepared to do a four year degree course to become a technician, so is there another way I could enter the industry.
August 30, 2004 at 4:29 pm #745641JLParticipant
this is basically down to the level of professional respect graphic designers get and the lack of work out there. Salaries are generally quite low in the industry in comparison to architecture.
OK, who wants to tell him/her?
I’m not sure that salaries are going to be any better, but I’m pretty sure that respect isn’t going to be anything to write home to the world of graphic design about.
Courses – DIT or UCD to become a qualified architect however there is no legal protection of the title so in theory you could just start calling yourself one. UnNfortunately I don’t think there are any part-time or apprenticeship routes to qualify in Ireland like they have in the UK.
August 30, 2004 at 4:34 pm #745642AnonymousInactive
So I take it that the Architectural industry is in the same state as Graphic Design?
August 30, 2004 at 4:36 pm #745643JLParticipant
Why? I thought graphic design was in pretty good shape. If it’s lack of work there is a lot of architectural work at the moment.
August 30, 2004 at 4:49 pm #745644AnonymousInactive
That’s a misconception JL, there are a hell of a lot of graphic designers that are paid pittance, working under poor conditions. The design industry is swamped with an abundance of talent, unfortunately there is not enough agencies to employ everybody.
I’m aware of the course in DIT, I’ve a BDes in Visual Communications, I was wondering what the story is in regards to signing up for a course, taking into consideration my qualification. This is probably a stupid question, but could I do an intensive course that will get me qualified as a technician.
I understand what you are saying about job bloggs calling himself and architect, this is what is killing the graphic design industry. I’m sure it is not as bad in an architectural field?
September 2, 2004 at 3:02 pm #745645mjParticipant
Part time architecture for an office based student. Click on the below link.
This is a RIBA accredited degree. Leading to your membership of the RIBA & for what it is worth is better than the RIAI (who in my opinion are just in it for the quick buck & donâ€™t actually look after its members as they should).
September 2, 2004 at 3:10 pm #745646Paul ClerkinKeymaster
The problem with graphic design / web design is there is a low entry cost into the market… got a pc? you’re a graphic designer…. at least architecture doesn’t really suffer from that…
September 6, 2004 at 2:54 pm #745647Mob79Participant
SNAP! Web designer who dreams of being an architect, UCD would be the best i’m led to believe if you’re more interested in the creative/design end of architecture. Not sure if i’ll ever be able to afford it though!
October 4, 2004 at 7:12 pm #745648AnonymousInactive
Thanks for the help guys, I will have a look into the RIBA Office Based course. It sounds flexible enough. 🙂
October 5, 2004 at 4:08 am #745649BooParticipant
As there appears to be an abundance of work available at present as Cad Technicans / Architectural Techs why might employment agencies relate a situation where Irish Firms are not interested in interviewing / hiring highly qualified foreign nationals?
I know a number of individuals(a couple of whom have left this country despondent having struggled to find employment in their fields) Is Ireland such a closed shop that fully qualified Architects with years of experience in their on countries cannot find junior positions from which to learn the regulations etc here?
Might any of you here have an opinion or constructive suggestion about this?
I realise that for many positions, it is important to have ‘Irish’ or ‘uk’ experience. Surely though there must be a route into the industry for fully qualified personel?
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