Students have different goals when they think about architecture. It may be to start your own firm, especially to be the best architecture firms, to solve the metropolitan dilemma, design the next eco-friendly sustainable structure. Whether you already know your reasons or not, get ready to be pitted with the brightest minds, ready to discover the next architectural breakthrough. Your first day in architectural education is probably the most difficult, yet rewarding time of your life.
Differentiate fact from fiction and be guided by our list of advices, to help you enjoy and make the best of the wonderful experience studying architecture.
Get the best out of your school life
Your time in school, a wonderful learning environment won’t last forever so you have to get the most out of it by leaning everything you can. Ask some questions, but at the same time don’t limit your learning there. Teach yourself about the extra things that aren’t covered in class. Utilize the internet – it’s free and jam-packed full of knowledge.
Use the library
Read everything you can in the library, study the journals and works of previous students.
Don’t fear questioning your professors
Don’t settle to just being a sponge and simply taking in every instruction and lessons by your professors. Question them about the things you think aren’t right, things that you may be confused with, etc. It’s a good way to create an interactive environment, and add more to your learnings.
Catalog and organize what you’ve researched
By organizing and taking time to catalog your research, you are making it easier to search and study the lessons that you need and it help you avoid being overwhelmed by the constant stream of information.
Travel when you can
As they say, experience is the best teacher and travelling gives you the best experiences.
It can be frustrating being an architecture student, continually testing your determination to push through.
Just focus on the work that you know you love and why you’re doing this.
Patience is a virtue
It is hard to keep your composure when you listen to a presumptuous professor or colleague. Just remember that there is learning even in those situations.
Attend your classes
Separate time for your studio projects and time for your classes. Lectures are the best way to gather the learnings that you need for your future profession. And it shows that you respect your professors and their hard work to teach you.
Take advantage of your time in school where you are allowed to be creative and explore on different ideas.
Resting is important, but try your best to keep your mind busy. Look for problems that you can solve, try entering competitions, things that will enhance your thinking and creativity.
Keep your mind and body healthy
It can be tough as an architecture student but by keeping yourself sane and fully functioning is more effective for your studies
Don’t treat it as a competition
You are in school to learn, not to outshine your colleagues. You are in a creative line of work, and comparing your ideas or work to someone else’s will only hurt you.
Consider what you need
Architecture is an expensive degree, and some schools will require you to bring what’s in their checklist. Wait and see first what you are required to purchase before going all out on a shopping spree.
Join some sports
Exercise does wonders to your body and it also lets you step away from the studio for a bit.
Sleep is good
Sleep is good to keep your mind sharp. Manage your time properly and focus on your work to avoid those all-nighters, if you can.
Prepare your own meals
Cook and pack for your lunch and dinner. It saves you time and money, especially when there are deadlines to meet.
Keep your energy up
Eat your full meals on time. If that isn’t possible, pack with you healthy snacks that you can munch on.
Enjoy new projects
Have fun and enjoy your new projects – it is a wonderful challenge and you should love what you are doing.
Make new friends
Friends can be lifelong partners or future business partners and you can lean on them for support.
Be a good neighbor
You’ll spend the next 5 years working with your colleagues here in your studio so create a good mark.
Respect their space
The studio is a place to work and people are trying their best to get work done here. This is easy to overlook especially when you want to unwind with friends after a long day’s work – so take the fun to other places in the school to keep you from disturbing your colleagues.
Don’t touch other people’s models or work and go through their work station. Don’t let curiosity get the best of you.
It goes a long way from embarrassing you with coffee breath and from long nights of having your mouth closed.
Keep a deodorant and clean clothes in your locker
Long nights and deadlines will keep you from hitting the showers, but your colleague will be grateful for your thought.
Keep it clear if you don’t want to be disturbed
Headphones + hoodie = “don’t disturb”
Prepare for your future
Learn more about your profession to make it easier when you graduate
Start building your own network
Colleagues are your best initial network, so make the most out of it.
Try to build
Volunteer for programs that would get you hands-on actual experience. Discover the beauty and elegance of wood, or the satisfaction of seeing a brick wall flawlessly laid.
Keep options open for you
Many architecture students go for multiple practices like industrial and graphic design, fashion, and publication to name a few. Life in school is about trial and error. See what works best for you.
Learning to write is a crucial architectural skill that helps you convey your design ideas successfully.
Remember that your learning will never end, and that you are in this profession to serve others – not to exalt your work and ideas and deem it better than others.