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Narratives of Architectural Education

From Student to Architect, 1st Edition

By James Thompson


182 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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Narratives of Architectural Education provides an overview of life as an architecture student, detailing how a layperson may develop an architectural identity. This book proposes becoming an architect as a personal narrative of professional development structured around various stages and challenges associated with identity transformation.

Using a case study of aspiring architects along multiple time points of their professional education, Thompson investigates the occupational identity of architects; how individuals construct a sense of themselves as future architects and position themselves within the architectural community.

This book provides previously unexamined insights into not just the academic development of an architect, but also the holistic and experiential aspects of architectural education. It would be ideal for those in the educational field of architecture, to include students, educators, interns, and mentors.


"James Thompson reveals the psychological complexities of becoming an architect through a series of narratives from individuals who have gone through an architectural education and entered the profession of architecture - or not. The combination of rigorous research methods and engaging personal stories makes this an unusual and appealing book, and I would recommend it to anyone applying to architecture school, enduring an architectural education, or entering the architectural profession."

Thomas Fisher, Minnesota Design Centre, USA

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Becoming an Architect Today 2. Disciplinary and Cultural Practices in Architectural Education 3. Ontological, Narrative, and Occupational Perspectives on Education 4. Research Methods and Case Study Context 5. Participant Narratives 6. Interpretation of Narratives 7. Conclusion

About the Author

James Thompson is a Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth’s School of Architecture. He earned his PhD from the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments and his Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Architecture

The Routledge Research in Architecture series provides the reader with the latest scholarship in the field of architecture. The series publishes research from across the globe and covers areas as diverse as architectural history and theory, technology, digital architecture, structures, materials, details, design, monographs of architects, interior design and much more. By making these studies available to the worldwide academic community, the series aims to promote quality architectural research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Study & Teaching
ARCHITECTURE / Professional Practice