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On Being an Architect: One Discipline, Many Paths

Discover six professionals whose architecture training has led to different interpretations of what being an architect can mean.

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It used to be that a degree in architecture meant a singular career path: an internship, followed by a set of licensing exams, followed by an entry-level role in an architecture firm. But that was just the beginning. With hard work over many years, that career path could ultimately (hopefully) culminate in an advanced position.

As the architectural world has grown, however, that traditional path has widened, offering avenues of specialization such as technical architect, design architect, and project manager. The next generation of architects will have even more career choices, as new developments in building information modeling (BIM), 3D modeling, artificial intelligence, and cloud collaboration create further opportunities for growth and exploration.

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