From the Foreword by Thomas Fisher, DeanCollege of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Minnesota
Successfully navigating a career path in architecture can be daunting, and it only begins at graduation with an accredited degree. You′ll have many questions: What is the right architecture firm for me? When, why, and how do I complete the IDP? Should I become licensed? How much time do I have to decide? Where can I go for answers?
Written by Grace Kim, a young architect who has worked in large and small firms and started her own firm, The Survival Guide to Architectural Internship and Career Development is a concise guide to understanding the choices and decisions you will confront on the road from student to practitioner.
Whether you are currently an architecture student, starting the internship process, taking the registration exams, or beginning your own firm, this book demystifies the process for you. Kim offers helpful tips for the many professional development milestones, and first–person short essays from interns, architects, and those who chose an alternative path provide real–world advice to readers.
For everyone entering the architecture profession and related fields, The Survival Guide to Architectural Internship and Career Development is a valuable book you′ll turn to for advice from finding a mentor to starting your own firm.
CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION.
Becoming an Architect: An Overview.
CHAPTER 2: FINDING THE RIGHT FIRM FOR YOU.
Where to Start.
Finding the Right Firm.
CHAPTER 3: THE JOB SEARCH.
Getting Your Stuff Together.
Applying to Large Firms.
Stories from the Front Lines .
CHAPTER 4: INTERN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM.
What Is IDP?
Where to Get Info.
Who Is Affected?
When to Sign Up.
Making Your Categories Count.
Transmitting Your Records to Your State Board.
Who Is Involved?
Keep Others Informed of Your IDP Activity.
Difficult Training Categories.
Talk with Other Interns.
Emerging Professionals Companion.
Using IDP to Your Professional Advantage.
Community and Professional Service.
Does My Past Work Experience Count?
Working for Contractors, Engineers, and Others.
Bumps in the Road (Frequently Asked Questions about IDP).
Taking Matters into Your Own Hands.
Navigating the Process Successfully.
IDP Web Sites.
CHAPTER 5: THE ARCHITECT REGISTRATION EXAM.
The Changing Culture of the Exam.
The Application Process.
Moving from State to State.
Preparing for the ARE.
Scheduling Your Exam.
What to Expect at the Testing Center.
After Your Exam.
The Last Exam.
Now That You re Registered.
AIA versus RA What Do the Titles Mean?
CHAPTER 6: PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE.
Ownership of Work.
Nonsanctioned Use of Office Equipment.
How the Little Things Add Up.
Getting Laid Off.
CHAPTER 7: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.
How to Prepare for a Performance Review.
Asking for a Raise.
Asking for a Promotion or More Responsibility.
IDP as a Career Development Tool.
Self–Promotion, or Tooting Your Own Horn .
Building an Area of Expertise.
How to Get the Most Out of Conferences and Seminars.
How to Get Your Employer to Pay.
Going Back to School.
Fellowships and Research Grants.
CHAPTER 8: HOW DO OTHERS GET THROUGH THIS?
The Five Collaterals.
ArchVoices: Started by Interns for Interns.
Archinect.com: Virtual Mentoring.
American Institute of Architecture Students.
AIA Young Architects Forum.
AIA National Associates Committee.
Reaping What You Sow.
Web Site Resources.
CHAPTER 9: MENTORSHIP.
Origin and Tradition.
The Impacts of Mentorship.
Roles and Responsibilities.
Considerations for Seeking a Mentor.
Misery Loves Company.
How to Be a Good Mentee.
CHAPTER 10: CHOOSING THE NONTRADITIONAL PATH.
Alternative Career Options.
Shaping the World around Us: Other Roles for Architects.
The Academic World.
CHAPTER 11: WORKING ABROAD.
How to Research Potential Jobs Abroad.
Advice from Those Who Have Done It.
CHAPTER 12: STARTING YOUR OWN FIRM.
Forms of Ownership.
Hanging Out Your Shingle.
The Business Plan.
Three New Firms.
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