Oh yeah. Cleaning.

So, the people who are 're-roofing' or whatever it is they're doing, have got to be the most dedicated workers on earth. They're up there at the crack of dawn (which, in my world, is around 7am), pounding, hammering, scraping, lawn-bowling, playing shotput, I don't know. But they're sure noisy. The whole apartment starts vibrating when they turn on whatever mysterious high-pitched machine they use, and I actually thought the whole roof was going to come down today. 

You know, it's not even like they're putting on a green roof, or solar panels, or anything. Nope, just more tar and rocks. WTF? *shakes head sadly* 
I'm just happy because I got a new power cord for my iBook this morning, and it seems to have solved the whole battery-not-charging problem I had for the past 2 months. Turns out buying non-Apple approved products off e-bay is a bad way to go. Anyways, my computer and I are back in harmony and I'm relieved because I love my computer! I love it's gleaming whiteness (which is not available on mac laptops anymore!) and want to keep it forever *strokes keyboard lovingly*
My plan today is to clean the fridge and stove and wipe down the cupboards so that Jed will only have to do the bathroom and floors when he leaves next week. I can't believe I'm leaving Halifax for good now. I sometimes wonder if the reason I never clicked here was more to do with school than the actual city? Hm.. But then I remember the Barrington Street Wind Tunnel of Doom, the horrid winter and 'spring' weather (more like extended winter), the rampant stupidity of city counsel, the raw sewage spewing into the harbor, the drunken masses of college students, and... oh... the list goes on. Nope, me and Halifax were just never meant to be.
Moving on: So Jed asked the program administrator some questions about the degree in Copenhagen to make sure we'd be fully accredited, etc. We were worried because they called it a 'diploma' instead of a 'degree'. I know it sounds like a meaningless distinction, but in Canada it's important because a diploma connotes a 1-year program taken at a community college, while a degree means an actual, professional education in a university. 
The response we got was enlightening and made me a lot more confident to study in Denmark. Besides, the fact that we got such a detailed response only 1 day after asking the questions makes me think they actually care about students. 

Accreditation 

There is no connection between accreditation and becoming a registered architect. The master’s degree provides an immediate opportunity to work as an architect and admittance into the Architects’ Association of Denmark.  In addition, graduates of the Master’s programme can go on to complete a PhD programme geared towards an academic career.

The accreditation of our school will have no effect on these options after graduation and will not affect your situation when you have obtained the Master’s Degree from our school. You will be entitled to practise as an architect and you can be admitted as a member of the Architects’ Association of Denmark when you have completed the master degree.

 

Diploma

I think it is my inaccuracy in English when I wrote ‘diploma’. We officially name it as a Master of Art Degree. I would like to add that we don’t differentiate between Diploma and Degree in a European context. One is not more prestigious than the other.

 

Recognition

There is an agreement between EU countries whereby architects can practise in multiple countries. So a member of the Danish Architecture Association is allowed to practise in Spain for instance. And yes, the degree from the Master’s Programme is sufficient to allow this.


*happy sigh*

Copenhagen!