There has been much said about the differing personality traits of the Gen Y Millennials and how the mix can present challenges in the workplace, but I have always found that intelligent and ambitious people of all ages can work together harmoniously. Another concern is that three generations span a huge transition in the technologies used in the architecture and design profession. It’s not uncommon for a firm to have digital designers who can’t draw on a table working alongside old school designers who can’t draw on a computer. But here again, my experience is that these people offer their own value and can work well together.
In my opinion, graduates coming out school during my time of apprenticing were no more equipped to take the state board exams than graduates today. The problem the profession faces is that it is impossible to teach both design and practice in 6 years of education. I believe it requires closer to 10 years, so after the 6 years of a master’s program the student graduates and then spends approximately 2-3 years getting his or her license, then another 2-3 years getting the real experience of making mistakes and earning their “scar tissue” as I call it to make this person a professional. This is a process that can’t be taught in school.
I would like to hear your various opinions on this subject, not that it will change a darn thing.