Going to the barricades in the AIA’s Year of the Advocate is a collective effort and an individual responsibility.
For young architects and architects-to-be, the numbers are daunting. A 2012 survey conducted by the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) found that the average architecture school graduate holds nearly $40,000 in federal loan debt. That figure doesn’t even include the averages for private loans ($15,000), loans from family members ($8,100), or credit card balances ($2,000). [See “Loan Me A Dime (x 250,000)“] The millstone of debt, coupled with the arduous path to licensure and elusive job prospects, have many wondering if the profession should brace itself for a dearth of talent.
Andrew Goldberg, Assoc. AIA, the AIA’s managing director of government relations and outreach, can relate. He’s a member of what he calls one of the “lost generations of architects” that finished school in the early 1990s, couldn’t find work at architecture firms, and followed alternate career paths. Today, Goldberg and his colleagues on the AIA’s advocacy team are working to make sure that those who want to become licensed, registered architects can do so by reducing the debt barrier with the National Design Services Act (NDSA).
Read the Full Story HERE >>>> Source: Design Is Not Enough | Architect Magazine | Public Outreach, Debt, Students, Tax Credits, American Institute of Architects (AIA)