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Hardcover | Out of Print | 299 pp. | 6 x 8.8 in | February 1998 | ISBN: 9780262122085
Paperback | Out of Print | 299 pp. | 6 x 8.8 in | February 1998 | ISBN: 9780262621212
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Architect? A Candid Guide to the Profession, Revised And Expanded Edition,


The first edition of Architect?, published in 1985, quickly became known as the best basic guide to the architectural profession. More than a decade later, it is a standard text for introductory courses on architecture and recommended reading on the application forms of many schools of architecture. This revised edition includes new information pertinent to current education and practice and addresses issues and concerns of great interest to students choosing among different types of programs, schools, firms, and architectural career paths.

Roger K. Lewis, a practicing architect and educator, takes a hard look at the education of the architect as he covers such topics as curriculum content, pedagogical theories and methods, program and faculty types, the admission process, internship, compensation, computer-aided design, and the culture of small and large firms. He tells how an architect works and gets work, and explains all aspects of architectural services, from initial client contact to construction oversight.

The author describes the benefits of becoming an architect, including the opportunity to express oneself creatively, to improve the environment, and to achieve notoriety. But he doesn't hesitate to show the other side--the lack of steady work and appropriate compensation, the intensity of competition, the restrictions imposed by clients, and the high degree of anxiety and disillusionment among young architects. Written in a clear, accessible style, the book is accompanied by the authors often-humorous illustrations and a valuable appendix.

About the Author

Roger K. Lewis is a practicing architect and planner, Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Maryland, and a columnist for the Washington Post.


“Required reading for would-be architects it’s also of value for those who teach them.”—Architectural Record
“This is a terrific book for anyone thinking about a career in architecture. It's very useful and valuable.”—Richard Meier, Architectural Record


“"Should I become an architect? What do architects do? Who do they think they are? If I am to be an architect, how do I get on with it? Does it pay? Is it good?

These and other questioners will enjoy reading ARCHITECT? It is full of the lore and nuance of the profession and it describes a variety of paths through architectural education and practice. Roger Lewis writes briskly and clearly, with irreverence, insight, and helpful information."”
Donlyn Lyndon, Professor of Architecture, University of California
“"Roger Lewis' book ARCHITECT! which sets out to cover so much territory, is refreshingly pointed and clearheaded and fascinating. Mr. Lewis knows a lot and manages to get it into a book that casts a positive light on being an architect without lying or distorting the facts. He puts an enormous amount of information in perspective. As long as I've been an architect I've enjoyed reading about the joys and pitfalls of being one."”
Charles W. Moore, Professor, University of Texas
“"I found the book to be a most insightful and truthful observation of architecture and the architect's condition. This book describes the aspirations of people who seek human beauty."”
Louis Sauer, FAIA, Department of Architecture, Carnegie-Mellon University
“"Deadly direct without being humorless, Roger Lewis disrobes a discipline long in need of nakedness (humility has never been the long suit of architects). If, in the beginning, I had known what I now know (better, what Lewis tells me) I would (shudder) still have made the decision for architecture (faith having always generally transcended reason).”
Stanley Tigerman, Architect
“This is a terrific book for anyone thinking about a career inarchitecture. It’s very useful and valuable.”
Richard Meier, Richard Meier & Partners