Unwanted Degree #1 = Architecture?


Merry Christmas! Hope you all had a good holiday.

Right before I ran off to my yoga class the other day, my cousin sent me this article about the most unwanted degrees in the US. So I thought I would share here with you: Don't Bother Earning These Five Degrees.

"Unwanted Degree #1 = Architecture
Earning a bachelor's in architecture might impress a lot of people, but according to a 2012 study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, "Hard Times, College Majors, Unemployment and Earnings: Not All College Degrees Are Created Equal," it might not impress a lot of employers. And that can be tough to take, says Lynn, since architecture is such an industry-specific major. "If there's not a job offer waiting when you graduate, then it can be very frustrating because it can be very hard to maneuver into another career path with this degree due to its narrow focus," says Lynn.
Perhaps that's the reason the "Hard Times" study found a 13.9 percent unemployment rate among recent architecture grads. The study's co-author, Dr. Anthony P. Carnevale, says this is due to the national collapse in the housing industry."

This is not news at all, but this article to me is very misleading. First of all, I don’t think there is a most wanted/unwanted degree. The most wanted major to a bank is obviously finance, but, to an architectural firm, it would be architecture. I would like to believe that we are into this profession for our passion. For those that don't have a passion for architecture, I don't know why you would pick this industry. So yes go ahead and get that
Business Administration degree like it says in the article. Those of us that studied for that five years stayed for a reason.

You don’t go to college just to get a degree. You go to college to learn how to learn

I am very opposed to the generalized saying of architecture education = waste of money and time. If you have been in architecture school, you would know that what we learned in school was not at all industry specific. Instead, it taught us nothing about the actual profession in the real world. It taught us how to think critically and independently. I have some archie friends that went into construction management, engineering, interior
design, graphic design, theatre, art, and some went into unrelated fields like education and some started their own design studio.

One of my favorite professors once said, “you don’t go to college just to get a degree. You go to college to learn how to learn”. If there is one major that teaches you how to learn, that's architecture. It shows you a million possibilities for you to learn; it lets you explore how you think as an individual; it also works you to a limit that you don't even know exists. I have to admit whenever someone come up to me and ask me if they should do architecture, I always say no. Not because it's the "most unwanted degree" in our times, but because it's more than just a degree.

P.S. First week into my new job! I have to say so far it's been great. I don't know if there is such thing as the "perfect" job. But I feel very compatible with the work environment, and their design aesthetic. There is nothing worse than cadding away designs that you don't relate to in an uncomfortable office (and I know cause I was there!). 

Off to my vacation in Michigan. See ya!


Aspiring architect and graphic designer. I design buildings and write about it. My interests revolve around urban architecture, people, graphics, arts and culture.