First of all, I am new to this forum and to the world of Urban Planning. I'm Eric and it's nice to make your acquaintances! I recently graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Political Science. After coming to the conclusion that I would not make a good lawyer, I decided to explore related fields. Urban planning stood out for me! However, in my soul-searching, I have also come to the realization that a career in architecture would also be fulfilling (despite its reputation for being an overrated career path with lower pay and less creativity than expected).
Then I found that I could combine an education in both fields by getting a dual degree: M.U.P/M.Arch. Could this be a dream come true, or a combination that will lead to significantly more debt and more time lost (not accounting for the fulfillment one receives from the gained knowledge of a good education)?
To all of you experienced (and not so experienced) folks out there in Cyburbia, my questions are as follows:
1. Is it worth it? That is, is it worth the extra 2-2.5 years in order to understand the fundamentals of design and construction?
Drawing is important (even if it is not creative). There is just something fulfilling to me about using a computer program or paper/pencil to CREATE something visual--to have it take physical shape would be even more fulfilling (even if its is a drawing of a building's air conditioning system).
2. What career opportunities would such a dual degree open up?
That is, are there careers that combine the knowledge I would gain in design and construction with that of urban planning, and if there are, what are they? Where could I find postings on them/more information about them?
Thank you all very much. i look forward to getting to know you!