The answer: When they get a bachelor’s degree.
And the question is: When do architects become architects?
That’s the question that has emerged as a question that haunts the field, the question of when a new generation of architects are born.
When does an architect’s degree become an architect?
That’s the topic of a new study from the Brookings Institution.
The report, titled Architects Are Not Born, is a study of how a new cohort of architects is born and grows up.
And it turns out that this question isn’t entirely off the table.
Architects, by and large, are not born.
There are no “born architects,” the report found.
Instead, they’re just beginning to get their bearings and begin to develop a sense of their place in the world.
“They are not architects,” says the report’s author, Adam Kuznetsova, a professor of political science at Georgetown University.
“They’re people who get a job, or they make their first real money in business, and they are not.
And so, as a consequence, they have to work for a while, but their experiences are limited.”
But that doesn’t mean that they can’t have an impact.
As the study’s authors write: “Architectural development has historically been the domain of those who had a prior, more established training in engineering, civil engineering, urban planning, or the humanities, who were able to leverage their experience to get to where they are today.
These individuals may have been less successful in their professional careers, but they were not necessarily better.”
In fact, Kuzneva says, some of the most successful architects have been the ones who didn’t get their education at all, and instead got it through working for someone who was.
“In many ways, we’re the architects that came out of that group, or were born in that group,” Kuznyssova says.
“The most successful ones are the ones that are the first people who went out and worked on their own, that are building their own homes.”
To get an idea of how much an architect does in his or her first few years, the report looks at the career trajectories of the 50 architects studied, starting with a sample that included 10 architects who were not architects themselves.
The authors then looked at how these individuals ended up in the profession.
The average time that the group spent in the field was 11 years.
The results show that the most common career trajectory for an architect was to work in the design industry.
The authors say that this is not surprising.
“I would guess that the vast majority of the architects we studied, whether they were born or not, did their apprenticeship, they had an internship, or some sort of professional training,” Kudelski says.
But when you take into account the other professions that these architects were in, the typical trajectory for those who graduated from high school was a very different story.
For example, the study found that architects with a master’s degree had the shortest time in the labor force.
And in addition, the average number of years in the workforce was lower than the average time spent in architecture.
This means that even if a student had a master in architecture, it was probably not the right fit for their career path, and that’s a problem that the Brookings authors point out.
For example: if a person wanted to become an engineer, the time commitment for their education was much lower.
And when a person was an architect, the field they were in was more demanding.
This can have a devastating effect on a person’s mental health, Kudleski says, as the work that the architect is undertaking is more demanding than the one they had as a student.
“A lot of architects who are successful in the construction industry are not able to have a career outside of the construction world,” Kazner says.
The authors say there are a number of ways that architects can help to change this.
One is to create more opportunities for students and their families to study the field.
Another is to make sure that architects have the skills and confidence to enter into the professional world.
And finally, the Brookings report calls on the government to provide more resources to support and develop young architects.
“We know that the average age of first-time architects is 21, which is a lot younger than we’d like,” Kzner says, adding that many young architects are being “burdened by debt” due to the lack of an education.
If you’re a new architect, Kznersays, “make sure that you’re prepared to put in the time, and be prepared to work with others and get the experience you need, because a lot of those young people will have more career options and be able to be more successful.”
To learn more about this study, visit the Brookings Institute.