Me ( noun) - Carefree, outgoing, and playful. I have the tools to love and be loved by others. I care for those who care for me.
I’m gonna go with MURD—no, wait, hug. I’m going with hug.
To be a good designer you have to be open to different ideas or methods. I’ve noticed that I’ve been designing the same way in studio for the past 2 semesters and my projects have been too predictable. I’m now learning and hoping that next semester I’m going to think differently. I’m going to open my eyes to different design. So creativity is important. It opens up new and more sources of inspiration for projects.
Critical Thinker and Analyzer
Starting to look at things in a more critical way really enhances your idea and knowledge of architecture. Simply looking at a building and finding it interesting does not help. Answer questions as: What do you find interesting? Why is this space designed this way? How does the light enter the space? Are the materials used specifically? Finding the why’s and how’s of architecture.
Being able to produce clear ideas, one needs to be able to produce clear drawings/sketches. Whether you prefer hand drawn or computer generated is all up to you, but being able to produce good work really matters. You can’t possibly communicate a design idea without visual content, we are designers, we are visual people.
This is probably one of the most important things about being an architect/architecture student. Most people won’t probably get a set routine till second year or even third year, but when you do, stick with what works for you. Remember to put work before friends. Unfortunately you have to sacrifice time with friends to get things done. But this isn’t the case if you are really on top of your work. Get things done early, don’t leave things for a later time, and be productive.
Being able to present or propose an idea is key. Listen to others and how they present their ideas, pick up what and how your professor talks about precedents, and expand your vocabulary. Try learning new words to explain your ideas.
No firm wants to hire an architecture student who thinks only in theory or whimsical things. Really understanding how a building is put together and stands is important. Employers look for those who really understand how their design is structurally supported. Something good to put in a portfolio would be some structural drawings or sections. Also knowing how mechanical and electrical systems work.
In school now we have professors to help guide us through our problems, but by your forth year you should have a strong sense of correcting yourself. I think that once you enter a masters program you really develop a greater sense of problem solving.
Love for Architecture
Lastly, to get through architecture school and to become an architect you need to have passion. One without passion won’t be able to produce a design in comparison to one who shows love for the subject. Love what you do.
There are a couple more things relevant such as: Business Sense, Collaboration, Vision, Listening Skills, etc. I hope this helps you get a better sense of what we do!
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When you’re happy, you enjoy the music; but when you’re sad, you understand the lyrics.” - Frank Ocean