chapter  8
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Two practices

According to a report from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (2012), 6,191 people graduated from accredited programs in the 2010-11 academic year (and about half of those will go on to become licensed architects). “If we look at pure labor statistics we should shut down half the schools,” said Lee Waldrep (in Lubell, 2012), assistant director in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Instead, he suggests that students trained as architects are also suited for communication, collaboration, research, and creative problem solving. This can open the door to careers in planning, project management, computer design, development, fashion design, photography, humanitarian development, furniture design, film, and many more. “Design is everywhere,” as he puts it.