Dear Greg,

This is a letter from your future self. You are just starting your education at this point and as you move forward with it, I want you to consider a few of the following thoughts. This is really just to help you gain a better sense of your chosen profession and to tell you that everything is going to turn out just fine.

I need to help dispel some of the beliefs that you may currently have of the architecture profession.

Architects don’t make as much money as you think they do. That being said I think that you can make as much as you want to with it, but it will definitely take work on your part. Yep, you will probably be self employed, but then I think you’ve always known that. Knowing that it may be wise for you to consider taking more business classes while you’re in school, or looking at doing the dual MBA program. If you have other interests that form don’t be afraid to spend the time to add that to your education.

Architects don’t spend all their time designing/drawing. This probably comes as a relief to you, however, you will spend some time designing and should focus on improving your abilities while in school.

Contrary to popular culture, architects (and architecture students) don’t need to spend 80 hour weeks in the studio to be successful. Don’t get swept away in this culture of thinking.

Ask a firm if you can shadow there for a week or for a day. Get a better understanding of what you will be doing when you graduate and at the stages after “internship” is over.

I think that you will find there no matter what your interests turn out to be there is a place for you in the field of architecture. So enjoy your journey getting there.

This post is part of the Architalks series in which Bob Borson of Life of an Architect selects a theme and a group of us (architects who also blog) all post on the same day and promote each other’s blogs. This month’s theme is Tool and I selected some of the main tools that I use. To read how others interpreted the theme please click the links below…

Enoch Sears – Business of Architecture (@businessofarch)
Dear Future Architects: A Confession

Bob Borson – Life of An Architect (@bobborson)

Marica McKeel – Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)
Dear Future Architects: 4 Perspectives

Lee Calisti, AIA – Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
dear future architects

Evan Troxel – Archispeak Podcast / TRXL (@etroxel)
Dear Future Architects

Lora Teagarden – L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
Dear Future Architects: 3 letters

Jeremiah Russell, AIA – ROGUE Architecture (@rogue_architect)
future architects: #architalks

Jes Stafford – MODwelling (@modarchitect)
Dear Future Architect, Listen Here

Eric T. Faulkner – Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
Dear Future Architect — Remember Then

Michele Grace Hottel – Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
“Dear Future Architects,”

Meghana Joshi – IRA Consultants, LLC (@MeghanaIRA)
Dear Future Architects..

Michael Riscica – Young Architect (@YoungArchitxPDX)
Dear Future Young Architects… Please Quit Screwing Around!?!!

Stephen Ramos – BUILDINGS ARE COOL (@sramos_BAC)
Dear Future Architects: Don’t makes these 4 Mistakes

brady ernst – Soapbox Architect (@bradyernstAIA)
Dear Boy in the Plastic Bubble,

Brian Paletz – The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
Dear Future Architects

Michael LaValley – Evolving Architect (@archivalley)
Dear Future Architects, Be Authentic

Emily Grandstaff-Rice – Emily Grandstaff-Rice FAIA (@egrfaia)
Dear Future Architects…

Anthony Richardson – That Architecture Student (@anth_rich)
Dear Future Anthony

Drew Paul Bell – Drew Paul Bell (@DrewPaulBell)
Dear Future Architects, Do Your Thing

Jeffrey A Pelletier – Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
Dear Future Architects, Don’t Forget to Treat Your Clients with Respect

Kyu Young Kim – Palo Alto Design Studio (@sokokyu)
Dear Future Architects…

Jared W. Smith – Architect OWL (@ArchitectOWL)
Dear Future Architects…

Rusty Long – Rusty Long, Architect (@rustylong)
Dear future architects, never lose your optimism

Keith Palma – Architect’s Trace (@cogitatedesign)
Dear future architects, are you credible?

Adam Denais – Defragging Architecture (@DefragArch)
Dear Future Architect, a Letter to My Younger Self

Jim Mehaffey – Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
Dear Future Architects…

Ken Saginario – Twelfth Street Studio ()
Dear Future Architects…