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So you would like to become an architect?
This is definitely not a decision to be taken lightly. For those of us who live in houses, work in offices, shop in stores,…in other words, most of us, it is reassuring to know that becoming an architect and maintaining an architectural license require a tremendous amount of education, dedication, knowledge and experience. Yet for those who might be considering the profession, the road can be daunting, which explains why for most architects, it is a passion, a vocation and an avocation.
The most direct route demands five plus years of undergraduate education, characterized by sleepless nights and long, long hours in the studio. This is followed by several years amassing direct experience that must be rigorously documented through the Intern Development Program. Time must be logged in four areas of practice—Pre-Design, Design, Project Management, and Practice Management—amounting to 3740 hours! At that point, you still aren’t an architect. This just qualifies you to sit for the Architect Registration Exam (ARE), which, are you ready, comprises a series of seven, yes, seven exams.
So when an ambitious design professional completes this formidable journey and successfully passes all seven exams, it is cause for tremendous respect and not a little fanfare!
With that in mind, we would like to congratulate one of our talented staff members, Joe Bevins, for recently completing this marathon, passing the ARE and officially becoming an Architect.
We asked Joe a few questions in honor of this achievement…
What do you hope to do in your career as an architect? Are their any specific types of projects you would love to work on? What would be a dream commission?
JB: My ideal project types include adaptive reuse/renovations and sustainable redevelopment of educational facilities. My dream commission… design the Minnesota Timberwolves basketball arena and coach the team for a few seasons!
Where did you get your architectural degree? Did you always know you wanted to be an architect? How about while you were going through school?
JB: My degree is a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) from The Pennsylvania State University. I have always wanted to be involved in some design industry, regardless if architecture was the avenue for my pursuits.
What are some aspects of the profession that you really enjoy?
JB: Having the opportunity to change the way people interact with their local environment, working alongside extremely talented and thoughtful individuals, and working in downtown Pittsburgh.
What are some of your recent Strada projects?
JB: Recent projects include the Distrikt Hotel, Sewickley Townhouses and the Mill on Second Avenue, a 187-unit stylish residential building.
How did you celebrate passing your exams?
JB: Dinner with my wife and family.
Congratulations, Joe! Now you might want to get started on those continuing-ed requirements!!
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