There’s a separation from your degree and your passion. That is something that I didn’t think possible when in school. I was so concerned that no one would even consider me if I didn’t have an official document saying I was passionate. Boy was I wrong. If I would have taken a glance just as the people who went to school for Architecture, I would have seen how wrong I was.


Technically, Frank Lloyd Wright wasn’t even an Architect, at least not by today’s standards. Yes, he was granted an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (which doesn’t even have an architecture program today), but he never received a license or recorded his IDP hours on the NCARB website. As someone who has been referred to as “the greatest American architect of all time,” he proved that a degree wasn’t something that made your career: it’s your passion. And he hasn’t been the only one.

Now I just researched within the realm of Architecture, and even that is quite the impressive list:

-Jimmy Stewart, actor
(awarded a scholarship for graduate studies at Princeton University, but became more attracted to the school drama and music clubs)

-Evan Sharp, co-founder of Pinterest
(studied architecture at Columbia’s GSAPP)

-Nathan Blecharczyk, co-founder of AirBnb
(Harvard graduate & technical architect)

-‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, singer-songwriter
(earned his architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University)

-John Denver
(studied Architecture at Texas Tech University while singing for a folk-music group called “The Alpine Trio”)

-Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
(enrolled at Raheja College of Arts with plan of becoming an architect, but later pursued a modeling career)


Obviously, this is just a small list of people I’ve discovered. Leave an ‘ex-architect’ you know in the comments below.