1st Edition

Entering Architectural Practice

By James Tait Copyright 2021
    420 Pages 157 Color & 43 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    420 Pages 157 Color & 43 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    420 Pages 157 Color & 43 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Featuring exclusive interviews with the internationally renowned architects: Kengo Kuma; Alberto Campo Baeza; Špela Videcnik (OFIS); Fernanda Canales; Jonathan Sergison (Sergison Bates); and Jane Hall (Assemble) Entering Architectural Practice is a practical and honest guide for architecture students, entering the world of architectural practice.

    There is often a disconnection between what you are taught in architecture school and the actual practice of architecture in the workplace. As both a practising architect and architecture school tutor, the author has first-hand experience of this disconnection and so helps students bridge this divide between academia and practice.

    Focused on providing industry insight, dispelling myths, and above all providing a combination of reality and hope to students of architecture entering the workplace, the book is beautifully and richly illustrated, providing a compelling visual story alongside the invaluable information it imparts.

    Serious but enjoyable, thoroughly researched but highly approachable, this book is simply essential reading for every individual about to embark on a career in practice.

    0. Introduction 

    0.0.1. Between Anticipation and Reality 

    0.0.2. The Reality 

    0.0.3. The Writer 

    1. Transitioning 

    1.0. Transition: The Choice Is Yours 

    1.1. Choosing A Practice 

    A Interview – Fernanda Canales 

    1.2. Labour, Authorship, and You 

    1.3. Working Conditions 

    B Interview – Sergison Bates_ Jonathan Sergison 

    1.4. Play Your Position 

    1.5. Designing Your Career 

    2. Designing 

    2.0. Designing In Practice 

    2.1. Future 

    C Interview – Kengo Kuma 

    2.2. Ethics 

    2.3. Constraints 

    D Interview – OFIS Arhitekti_ Spela Videcnik 

    2.4. Technicals 

    2.5. Time 

    3. Communicating 

    3.0. Communication 

    3.1. Tools 

    E Interview – Assemble_ Jane Hall 

    3.2. Speech 

    3.3. Others 

    F Interview – Alberto Campo Baeza 

    3.4. Internal 

    3.5. Public 

    4. Conclusion 

    Technical Advice Notes

    01. Terminology 

    02. A Typical Day 

    03. Surveying 

    04. Material 

    05. Scale 

    06. Lineweights 

    07. Emails 



    James Tait is an Architect, Author and Educator. James has led a range of high-profile projects at some of the best architectural practices in the UK. He is also author of The Architecture Concept Book; a contributing writer to the Architects’ Journal; and a Studio Tutor at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, The Glasgow School of Art.