Future Landscapes


I am deeply concerned for the future of my profession.

No word of a lie, I've seen about 50 CV's/personal websites that have the following blurb.


"X is a self-motivated individual who takes a design interest in EVERYTHING!!! From buildings that change ppl's lives DRAMATICALLY to the shelf that holds your books lol. Nothing is too random for x's childlike wonderment and curiosity. (S)he even owned a knitted-lampshade design company once!


As well as having extensive summer internships at his/her uncle's ranch where he/she helped 'design and build' wood fences for the cattle, X has taken the initiative in bringing design to poor people by imposing, er, um, building a 'community market place' which has a distinctive shed-like appearance. By means of magical hidden power sources, e.g. garage door opener to the common people, the market/shed doors embrace the 'public courtyard' (okay, it's really just a field) in the morning when the owners open up. It is a glorious glorious moment and the Native peoples of the Shendiganaweh nation have expressed their gratitude for X's generosity in providing these basic amenities... AS WELL THEY SHOULD!!!!! I spend a lot of my own money on that!!!


I mean, *ahem* X is also well versed in digital software such as AutoCAD 2002 and sketchup, plus having fiddled around with stuff on photoshop once, but let's just say he has a grip on the whole adobe creative suite. That makes X an asset to ANY company.... oh god pls hire me."


Now maybe it's wrong to make fun of the plight of my fellow students. I could very well be in the same arse-licking boots very soon.


But it seems to me that being overly general in your aspirations is probably not going to help you.

There is a difference in being flexible--being able to skillfully use a design method appropriate for the task at hand—and being unclear about your own interests.

I would guess that after all this time in school, you should have some interest in specific directions... that you have discovered—for the moment at least—where you think architecture should go. Hey, we're students, we're allowed to be idealistic!


I think it also shows that you don't really care where you work or what kind of work you do. And maybe that's okay. I sure as heck can't afford to be picky, but I really do know exactly where and who I'd like to work for if I had a choice and money was no object... and I want my resume and portfolio to reflect that.


Well, this is all just theoretical musing of course. I could be totally wrong in what employers want to see from their potential inmates—errr—interns. Maybe they enjoy thumbnail sized photos of poorly photographed models and horribly depressing renderings with copies of Steve the SketchUp guy copy/pasted all over. But for the sake of my future career, I really hope not.