I keep seeing an article floating around the Internet claiming that architecture is the most worthless major to get in college. It seems to be propelled by architecture students who are scared and afraid that it’s true, and former architecture students who need to feel more comfortable about their decision to change majors because architecture was too hard.
And I don’t understand how anyone can say that majoring in architecture is worthless, because it is the best education money can buy.
Click here right now to hear why majoring in architecture will help you develop the skills you need to be successful no matter what!
(I’m glad you watched this. I just graduated and I filmed this at my studio desk, before I completely packed it up for the last time. As sort of a memento. I used to wonder in my early years of school if all the work was worth it. I can stand here now and say YES!)
To be successful in architecture you learn to be creative. You learn how to think critically, how to see things, how to study things (and I mean really study things, not just glance over something). You learn how stuff works and you learn how to make things.
You think critically about the world around you, and you realize that you have the opportunity to change it.
You ask hard questions like, what is actually beautiful? What is actually functional?
Making things is hard. And the skills you will acquire by making, designing, creating, and building will give you the best education you can buy. You will learn how to think independently and creatively.
To be successful at school in general, all it takes is obedience: Do your homework, pay attention, study, bubble in the right answer, and mention three important points in your essay, maybe come up with a clever idea for the semester group project.
But you learn things that are much more resourceful when you have to design something new from scratch. And this is true for every one who makes things, whether that is people majoring in architecture, video game design, industrial engineering, or anything creative.
And not to say that people in other majors don’t work hard, but CREATING ideas is inherently more complex than just studying ideas.
Majoring in architecture, you will actually LEARN things, not just learn ABOUT things.
And yeah, it is hard, and materials are expensive, and the market depends on the economy. But if you really dive-in and learn how to think creatively and work hard, none of that will stop you.