architect - boat designer

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by odium, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. odium
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    odium New Member

    Hello everyone.
    I suppose many of the forums' readers are naval architects or boat designers.
    I have a question that i would really love if someone could enlighten me!

    I studied architecture for 5 years, so now i am thinking about my masters' degree. I initially thought of naval architecture, but i think that my studies didn't provide me with the knowledge that i need to participate in such a program (if someone disagrees please tell me).

    My next thought was a ma in yacht design. Could someone brief me a little about the mentioned masters categories? Specifically i would like to know if such a masters degree exists and is considered to be good, if there are job opportunities and if an architect can actually attend lessons of naval architecture or yacht design. I should mention that i have found some schools in Italy (IED, ISAD) that have some courses so if someone would like to comment about them it would be great!

    I am sure that many of the things i mention may sound stupid, so please don't mind my ignorance, i just started to search about these things.
    Thank you all for your time reading this!

    P.S sorry for any bad English, they are not my forte! :p
     
  2. tomas
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    tomas Senior Member

  3. kach22i
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    kach22i Architect

    Getting out of architecture as early as you can is sadly the best advise I can give you - and I'm an architect.
     
  4. Luc Vernet
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    Luc Vernet Senior N.A.

    Odium,
    After graduating in "land" architecture, you would like to go into yacht design (why not Naval Architecture: are you afraid of the maths?)

    Shouldn't you ask yourself a few questions first?
    Do you sail (sail or power)? For how long have you been sailing? Are you fascinated by the sea, the boats? Have you aver worked on one (yacht or commercial), whether fishing, cooking or deckhand or even boat washing at the marina? Are you hanging around marinas and boatyards the moment you have a bit of time, reading all possible magazines? Are you, to put it simply, just absolutely passionate about yachts (sea, boats of all kind, seaman's stories, marine life...), have you been drawing boats on any bit of paper that was in front of you since you were a kid, or is this just an idea that came to your mind of "what the heck could I do in my life"?
     
  5. yipster
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    yipster designer

    "have you been drawing boats on any bit of paper that was in front of you since you were a kid, or is this just an idea that came to your mind of "what the heck could I do in my life"?"
    and seriously try'd the boatdesign software nowaday's
    but heck yes, many things we can do
     
  6. odium
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    odium New Member

    Thanks everyone for your answers!

    tomas:
    i have, and i will keep reading them!

    kach22i:
    That is very sad to read, but i suppose it can be true...

    Luc Vernet, yipster:
    To be honest i never had a specific passion for boats. I love designing but can't say that i like something more than something else.
    I can imagine myself working as an urban designer or a product designer without having a preference.
    The closest thing to your questions that i can mention, is that i have lived all my life in cities near the sea, and i can't imagine living in a place where i can't go to the beach or the port within a few minutes.
    Finally, I think that i wouldn't succeed as a N.A because as you said i am "afraid" of math. My studies didn't provide me with the knowledge that i need, and i have almost forgotten the things i knew before getting to architecture.

    I think you can see that if i had to classify my answer it would be that my choice was based on "what will i do in my life". But that's not so simple.
    "Land architecture" in my country is a profession that has no future (at least for the moment).
    So, i am searching for ways out, branches related to architecture, so that i can be more competitive.
    Although i might be able to search for a job as a 3d generalist or compositor, since i can use many of the related software, i imagine my life living somewhere near the sea, preferably in a Mediterranean country.
    I guess that many of the job opportunities related to boat design will be in such countries.
    You could say that my choice is being made based on some things i like, but not exclusively based on my love for boats.
    I assume that my way of thinking could even be considered stupid for some but i am still thinking, so i guess (or hope) in the end it will stop being stupid. :p

    Sorry for the long post!
     
  7. kach22i
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    kach22i Architect

    I think you may want to consider Industrial Design.

    There is an industrial designer which posts in the forum which has design yachts, hovercraft, amphibious vehicles, and even recreation vehicles.
     

  8. DCockey
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    DCockey Senior Member

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