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Architects face hundreds of tough challenges every day—whether related to design, practice management, product specification, building codes, etc. The good news: The odds are excellent that many of the readers of Architectural Record—and there are hundreds of thousands of them around the globe—have faced a similar issue and found a solution. We invite you to tap into this incredible collective wisdom by posting your question to our new “Solutions Center”, where your architect peers can share their insight and advice with you.

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Editor’s Choice: Top Questions & Answers
Here are the latest reader-submitted challenges and answers picked by Architectural Record—the poster of each question receives up to $50; each expert answer receives up to $200. Post your questions and answers now.

Question:
Value of B.Arch. Versus M.Arch. I Degree for New Hires?
How do employers view potential hires' degrees?  Is there any benefit to having an M.Arch. I degree (without an undergraduate degree) over a B. Arch. degree from a comparable school, as long as both degrees are from accredited programs?

I'm currently a student at the University of Kansas and have the choice of receiving a B.Arch. or M.Arch degree because the B.Arch program is being discontinued and the school now only offers an M.Arch. I degree to undergraduate students.  The only differences in requirements are the addition of one class and a study abroad requirement for the M.Arch I.

Thank you,
karina.s.leung
— We’re sending karina.s.leung $25 for this question.

Answer:
Broaden Your Experience as an Undergrad
As a 1993 graduate of Roger Williams with a B.Arch degree, I felt at the time, and still feel, that too many courses were crammed into 5 years.  We were immediately immersed in the world of architecture with little or no room to explore other courses of study. Of course, more than half dropped out. I had spent a year at another college not studying architecture, and I was much more prepared for the rigor of the architecture program. Due to the time constraints, few students could pursue a minor or participate in sports.  The social and emotional development that are so important to the college experience took a back seat to a narrowly focused course of study.  If I had it to do all over again, I would have started with a bachelor’s degree in something unrelated. This is what I would recommend to anyone interested in pursuing architecture as a profession, and I suspect that would also make them a much stronger job candidate.

Robert Swinburne, AIA
— We’re sending Robert Swinburne $75 for this answer.

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