DISCLAIMER: This thread shares boring old man rants which contain absolutely no useful information about SketchUp. Consume at your own risk.
Encountering SketchUp a few weeks ago has brought back some long lost memories which were on the edge of vanishing forever. For one thing, I am reminded of the best architecture lecture of all time…
So I’m 20 years old in 1971 and trying to decide on a college major. I’d taken some pre-architecture school classes which I liked, such as learning how to draw 3D views of buildings from floor plans using paper and pencil, the very old fashioned way.
I’m starting to get a bit serious about all this when I hear of a coming lecture by some famous professor about the architecture business. This sounds great as I assume the lecture will be all about how much money I will make and so on.
The day comes, I get to the lecture hall and the professor walks out and starts to speak. I can’t remember his name, so I’ll call him Professor Burnout, which gives you a clue where this is going.
Professor Burnout proceeds to give a 90 minute lecture which goes in to extensive gory detail about what totally sucks about being an architect. He goes on and on and on telling one horror story after another, with ever building levels of angry jaded sarcasm. This guy had the gift, he should have been on Broadway, what a show!
I left the lecture convinced that the field was not for me, and walked away.
Looking back I now see that Professor Burnout was a genius teacher, because if one lecture could talk me out of architecture, I didn’t belong there. Professor Burnout saved me years of wasted career, until I finally realized I was in the wrong place. I didn’t get all this at the time, but looking back 50 years later it’s all crystal clear.
Thank you Professor Burnout, whoever you are, where ever you are.