This article delves into how architects’ natural inclination towards divergent thinking allows them to approach projects with a creative mindset, generating new ideas and exploring different possibilities, while technologists’ inclination towards convergent thinking enables them to focus, organize, and pay attention to the necessary details required during a project.
In this article, the focus is on the financial challenges that come with the process of getting certified and finding a job in an architectural firm in Canada. The author discussed the challenges of depleting Proof of Fund (POF) and how it affects the job search process. The article also highlights the experience of other immigrant architects and their different career paths, such as starting as a technologist and working their way up to intern architect, or even Project manager. It also provides tips on how to apply for jobs in big and small firms, and also alternative routes such as working through a recruitment agency like Randstad Inc. This article is a must-read for anyone trying to build a career as an architect in Canada, especially for those who are facing financial challenges.
I recently wrote a post about the dangers “quacks” pose to architecture, where I referred to architectural designers as quacks. However, upon receiving resistance to my assertions, I realized that perhaps my post did not give these individuals the recognition they deserve. I learned that an “architectural designer” may have the same education and training as an “architect,” but may not have taken or passed the registration exam, and therefore cannot provide the necessary “sealed” documents for building permits. These individuals may be just as knowledgeable and skilled as registered architects, but for various reasons, have not been able to become registered.
The blog post discusses how the advent of computer-aided design (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM) has made the role of draftsmen in architecture redundant. These technologies have allowed architects to do the work of several draftsmen and produce outputs that are of a higher quality and faster than manual drafting.