The husband just sent me this link:
I had to laugh. This is not breaking news for those of us in Architecture. I graduated from the Southern California Institute of Architecture 10 (!) years ago, right before the industry started to pick up. We experienced some crazy growth, then in 2009 it all came crashing down with the economy. Since 2009, I have been laid off twice. Fortunately, I am currently employed and have been for over a year now.
Kids in college are very idealistic. I’m sure most of them who are architecture majors have grandiose visions of being the next Frank Lloyd Wright or making the world a better place through design. Realistically, though, the architecture field is not all it’s cracked up to be. While I do enjoy what I do (retail architecutre), it is a far cry from what I had hoped to do when I made the decision to attend architecture school. I wanted to be a Disney Imagineer and design queues for rides like Indiana Jones at Disneyland. Not for lack of trying, either (I was turned down for a WDI internship twice). :-/
Anyway, I maintain my mantra for anyone considering architecture as a major:
Only go to architecture school if you are truly passionate about it (and don’t care if you make money) or independently wealthy (therefore also don’t care if you make money).
Take it as you will.