Architecture is a creative and artful way to make an impact on society. After all, architects build modern homes to fit the needs of growing families, design meeting rooms for the world’s most impactful leaders, and are among the select few that help craft a city’s skyline through the creation of buildings that seem to touch the clouds themselves.
If the impact your work can have on the people of one family, community or city isn’t enough, here are four more reasons to study architecture as an international student:
1. Architecture is the Art of Self-Expression â€“ Each architectural piece is a creative representation of the thoughts and hopes of the designer. Of course it’s important to meet the needs and expectations of your clients, but the overall look, design and feel of your work is generally a result of your own creativity â€“ ensuring this particular career path is exceptionally satisfying.
2. To Affect the World on a Global Scale â€“ Tourists travel across cities, countries and even continents seeking famous pieces of architecture every day. The Great Pyramid of Giza, Big Ben, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Taj Mahal are just a few world-renowned structures that the world can not only recognize, but more than likely can name the city in which they were built. Even if you don’t ultimately create the next Eiffel Tower or Empire State Building, your works are generally going to be outside, meaning that they will be seen by passerby’s up to 365 days a year and recognized by countless people you will never meet â€“ what an amazing concept!
3. Architecture is a High-Paying Profession â€“ We didn’t put this near the top of our list because hopefully the paycheck isn’t your top incentive when choosing your career, but it is certainly something worth noting. Even though the first three to five years of your career will likely be spent at the bottom of the totem pole as an intern, the more experience you have and the impressive your portfolio, the more padded your wallet will eventually become. Best of all, a lot of top architecture programs for international students offer scholarships to help you get started and internship opportunities further into your degree.
4. For the Hands-On Experienceâ€“ Though technology innovates the way architecture is done, it is still a job that demands attention to detail and focused work. It is not a data-entry job and generally isn’t a 9-5er either. It takes long hours and expertise to create masterpieces and earn the commission that comes along with it.
Even if you haven’t the faintest clue yet where to study architecture, having a passion to create and bring beauty to the world should never be ignored! Always remember that architecture is more than science and much more than a two dimensional piece of art. It is the harmonious combination of both art and science that will make each structure you create truly special.