After 10 years in the industry and 7.5 years at my current job, I am looking for a change. The stars have aligned and I have given my notice at Anixter to stop working effective Dec. 8. I am in the process of applying to Grad School to get my Masters in Architecture. I should know if I get accepted in early March and hopefully will begin in the fall of '06.
What do you know about architecture?
Well not a lot, that's why I'm going to school. Despite getting a BS in Agricultural Economics, I have always wanted to study architecture. In fact I went to Architect Camp in High School.
What school do you want to go to?
Right now I am only focusing on California College of the Arts. I really like the hands on approach, model building, drawing and the San Francisco location. The school has been around for almost 100 years and has had an architectural program for over 20, but the Masters in Architecture is relatively new (only it's second year).
Isn't that school all over the SF?
No, you're probably thinking about the Academy of Art which has over a dozen locations in the city.
What kind of buildings do you want to design?
I think this is the stupidest question, but almost everyone seems to ask it, so maybe I'm stupid. But either way, I am most interested in Public buildings which would include Libraries, Stadiums, Public Transit stuff etc. Custom homes would also be cool. I'm not interested in Commercial Buildings/Skyscrapers.
What will you be doing until school starts?
I don't know. I'll move to SF sometime before school starts, probably early to mid August. Before that I'll probably take some classes to get prepped for school, a little traveling, lots of concerts etc.
What if you don't get in?
Again I don't know, but I will expand the number of architecture graduate schools I'm looking at, work on the reasons I didn't get into CCA and do the stuff from the question above.
What did you do at Anixter anyway?
I was/am the Systems Engineer (SE) for N. California and N. Nevada. Anixter is the worlds largest supplier of cabling infrastructure for computer and telephone systems. The SE position consisted mostly of making sure we were selling the right products to our customers and keeping our staff and customers up to date with the industry.