Whether you’re looking at houses, shopping centers, factories or skyscrapers, chances are an architect was involved in creating the designs. If you’re looking for a college major that will allow you to mix subjects like math and business while also praising your keen design eye, you might want to consider taking on a major in architecture.
Things Every Architecture Student Should Know
Here are some questions to ask yourself if you’re considering becoming an architecture major:
- Am I a strong math and art student? Can I just as easily solve complex equations as I can design models?
- Do I want a major that is interdisciplinary (combining two or more academic disciplines) instead of focusing on a particular subject?
- Do I handle criticism/critiques well, regardless of whether it comes from professors or peers?
- Am I willing to work long hours to get projects done? Am I able to work well with others on these projects?
Regardless of the program, majoring in architecture is challenging at any college, so you must be prepared to spend lots of time on your studies and working on a variety of different projects at once.
1. You’re in a Permanent, NO WAY OUT, Relationship.
You are taken for LIFE. You will be in a permanent relationship with Architecture. You need to realize this, and even announce it to your friends, family, acquaintances, basically everyone in your social circle. You are married!
2. Insomnia is NOT a disease.
All the sleeping hours are going to benefit you, staying up for days with just a couple hours of sleeping in between, you need to be ready for that. If you have insomnia, bravo! It is the key over here. So this is a positive point, if you have insomnia, you are doing it right. All of us have billions of last minute additions to make.
3. Forget about right or wrong
After your second year you will gather enough knowledge to make your projects without errors however your tutors will tend to always critic the weak points of your projects and sometimes they enjoy doing this to the strong points as well, my advice would be to define your own standards and enhance your persuasion skills, it will be good training for later on.
4. Some rules are meant to be broken.
A student who finds alternate solutions to problems will always have more value than others, and when doing this successfully the reward is even greater.
5. Drawing skills are not a must.
Architectural Drawings used to explain the projects, but now days because of the technology those drawings are not enough. In addition, a quick sketch is enough to interpret a concept and explain a project, without the need for it to be aesthetically pleasing. The final result is what matters.
6. Question everything.
Some people feel embarrassed when they do not understand, do not be afraid to ask for clarification, most problems emerge out of lack of communication.
Keep in mind: There are no stupid questions, only answers.
7. Treat yourself.
You need a healthy diet to help you survive a stressful day. Make it a point to consume fresh fruits and vegetables now and then, preferably in the morning. ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away,’ it’s true! Once in a while, to unwind, go to a fine dining restaurant and treat yourself.
8. Think outside the box
All work and no play is no fun, it is important that you take a step back once in a while and relax or do something totally different. The more you get buried in a problem the less likely to find the solution try looking at the problem from a different angle you can even risk adding a bit of fun to the equation.
9. Music is your companion.
When you are working in your studio, and your friends are away, and you don’t want any disturbance, you’ll be listening to music, and hopefully, the choice is good. After all, silence will only make you dose off, and random friends gossiping will be a distraction.It is well known that background music seems to help architects focus more while working, which is weird for other people!
10. Postures and Backaches.
Remember, lie down and straighten your back every couple of hours or so. Keep a cushion, a table and with a comfortable chair so that while you are making models or working on your laptop for long hours, you at least have a good comfortable back support.
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I could say ‘”I”m kidding”, but every student must know that Architecture ain’t no Joke.