Finished architecture education? It’s okay if you don’t pursue the profession..

Finished your architecture education? There are high chances that you got into architecture without your own interest. There are many reasons:

May be because,

  • Your parents thought it was cool
  • Many of your friends were opting for it
  • You didn’t make it to course of your choice
  • You thought, it was only about arts and crafts and beautiful paintings

Reasons could be many other. May be you WERE interested in the course, but, lost your interest during the course? I know of many people who opt out of architecture education, because they realise that the course isn’t for them, and some for personal reasons. But, a larger number would still continue to pursue the course, just for the sake of finishing it..

Coming back to the point. You’ve a degree. You should be happy. Your parents must be relieved that you have attained a milestone. Your friends, your distant relatives must be happy over this “success”. But wait, the interesting part of the journey starts now. It’s called survival.

“It is not necessary to pursue architecture, just because you’ve a degree..”

I can go on quoting examples like Ratan Tata, Riteish Deshmukh, Arundhati Roy, Satyendar Jain.. who have a degree in architecture, but aren’t pursuing the profession. And, it’s completely okay. Architecture is one course, which would open up many other possibilities in the creative fields.

Journalism, Photography, Graphic Design, Illustrator are some examples..and, Martin Filler has rightly said,

“Architecture is not a profession for the faint-hearted, the weak-willed, or the short-lived.”