A few hours from now, America will swear in its 44th president. Millions will watch him and never know that this day might not have been if instead of taking to the law books, Obama had decided to take drafting classes. A recent tip from Arch Daily, revealed that Obama once wanted to be an architect. You can hear Obama say it himself in this YouTube video:

Some of you might be wishing that he had taken this path, while others are just as thrilled that he did not. Setting aside the politically motivated opinions, my colleagues and I at 3six0 think that being an architect is one of the best professions out there even if it is not as high-profiled as the presidency (you might remember our post on architects being among America’s happiest workers). Even in these challenging times, we still love our profession and take pride in our contribution to the world.