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Becoming an Architect

A Guide to Careers in Design by Lee Waldrep

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Becoming an Architect by Lee W. Waldrep

Becoming an Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design by Lee W. Waldrep

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In this helpful and readable guide, Dr. Lee W. Waldrep channels wisdom gleaned from many years of teaching for the architecture schools at the University of Maryland and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Topics Covered

  • What is an architect?
  • What skills do architects need?
  • How to prepare for a career in architecture.
  • How to select a school and a program.
  • How to get the most from architecture school.
  • How to gain work experience.
  • How to prepare for licensing exams.
  • How to design a career path.
  • The third edition covers changes to the Intern Development Program (IDP)


Written in a lively question and answer format, the book is a compendium of interviews with 50 architects, design professionals, and students.


More than a hundred drawings and black and white photos illustrate architectural models, plans, and completed projects.


Appendix includes listings for:

  • Professional Associations
  • Architecture Institutions
  • Community Service Organizations for Architecture
  • Recommended Reading
  • Architecture Web Sites
  • Accredited Architecture Programs in the USA and Canada

Publication History

  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • First Edition: 2006
  • Second Edition: 2009
  • Third Edition: 2014

About the Author

Lee W. Waldrep, PhD, is a teacher of architecture, a webmaster (ARCHCareers.org), a career counselor and lecturer, an educator coordinator of interns, assistant director of undergraduate student services, dean—his list of accomplishments goes on. Waldrep has the credentials and expertise to help you make that difficult decision of dedicating a life to design. Since 2009, Dr. Waldrep has been on the faculty at the Illinois School of Architecture, Urbana-Champaign.

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