I'm glad Matthew Frederick took the time to sit down and pen 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School because I've never had an easy time listing exactly what I learned in the architecture program at Carnegie Mellon. People always give me a stumped look when I tell them I spent five years earning an architecture degree and decided not to pursue a career in that field and to be fair, I've never been good at explaining what I got out of it. So here comes along a book clearly stating all the great things you'll pick up in your five years of all-nighters and getting trashed on by critics and your professors in front of your peers. Kidding, I didn't get bashed on all that much... but when they were gunning for people, wow sit back and enjoy the show.
Luke Wroblewski of Yahoo! went ahead and listed some of the concepts described in the book in the following posts: Some Things I Learned From Architecture School, and A Few Longer Lessons from Architecture School. One of the bullets that jumped out at me was "An architect knows something about everything. An engineer knows everything about one thing." For my circle of friends and studiomates, we knew it as "Architects: Jack of all trades, master of none." Even now I guess I'm still a product of that training...
ERGO, VIS A VIS, CONCORDENTLY! Just thought I'd toss in one of the greatest spoofs of all time. Will Ferrell as the 'Architect'.