I enrolled in AAU's architecture department expecting to
receive the tools that would help me grow creatively and
academically. I don't even know where to begin to explain
why AAU's architecture department is so faulty.
First of all,
I'm warning that although some places they advertise that the
program is accredited. It is only accredited by WAASC, NOT
by the architecture accreditation board. And they just started the
architecture department so no one has graduated yet, and they
still don't have the curriculum don't pat.
If all you
want out of an architecture degree is to be a
little creative, then go for AAU. Other than that, graduating
with their BFA in architecture will do nothing for you.
The classes that should be there to support your future
in being an architect like physics, language,and mathematics are ALL
A BIG FAT JOKE. Excuse me but - I want
to be a seriously taken architect and I want to
have a level of higher education in subjects other than
what is esthetically pleasing for a building.
students are fairly all nice, but some of them are
unmotivated and are just wasting their time and money. Whats
worse is that they think they're better than you just
because they went to a few years of community college.
If you're straight out from high school - don't go
here. You'll be treated like a baby. A stupid one
Theres no communication with the some of
the staff and the head of the department Alberto
Bertolli. He just sits around and doesn't give a fuck
when the instructors try to talk to him about regulating
the curriculum. He honestly has no clue whats going on
when the students bring up an issue to him.
Dont get me wrong. There are a few good things
about the department. The computer labs and wood shop are
all new, and the printing system is pretty efficient. The
IT's and the shop helpers are all super nice. The
actual architecture studio itself really is a good class to
take, but only if you're lucky enough to have at
least one of the 3 good instructors there (Ethan Wood,
Beverly Choe, & Geoffrey Gibson).
If there were
one thing to make you feel better about how dreadful
the architecture department is, it would be the city of
San Francisco itself. It's always alive and there's always something
to do with lots of opportunities to meet people. Yes
there's a big homeless population, but unless they're hobos in
the tenderloin; they usually don't harm people or cause too
The public transit system is pretty good,
and if you don't feel like taking a bus everyone
walks in San Francisco.
In the end you'll realize
that San Francisco is your campus because AAU doesn't really
have much of one. There is no school spirit. Since
there really isn't a campus to unite the students, a
lot of people kind of go off and do their
own thing in the city. This could be a good
or bad thing to someone.
To anyone thinking about going
to AAU for majors other than the Architecture department: pretty
much the only worth while degree is the Fine Arts.
My room mate was a Fine Arts painting major, and
she loved every single one of her teachers. I've seen
their course work and how much she and the other
Fine Arts kids were improving and i can tell you
that it is definitely professional grade work.