Principles of Architectural firms tell me their greatest concern is that they get few new graduates that are trained in the craft of architecture. The schools concentrate too much on theory, fringe trends and design flights of fancy. Many of the people they hire can't write a simple specification to CSI standards, can't run CAD and check their dimension strings, can't detail in the real world and instead, come out of school wanting to step right into the exotic end of the business. Therefore they can't be valuable staff in a productive business and help earn money.
By the time the new grad is really ready to be a project job captain, trends have changed, or OJT trained staff have left the supposedly brilliant grads in the dust.
That being said, Sustainable Materials and systems, sesitivity to envirmentally sensible products and the use of trends like Earth Coupled Mechanical Systems and Electrical Demand Off-Peak are very interesting techniques.
Many major companies have built projects examining the feasibility of these systems, even at major cost to themselves. Sometimes it is done for political correctness, sometimes for more sensible reasons.
posted on 05/05/2002 8:14:33 PM PDT
by KC Burke
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