How Long do Architecture Projects take?

Today’s Topics

  • Imagine it Like a Puzzle
  • Navigating the Constraints of Software
  • Finished Product

Imagine it Like a Puzzle

How long does it take you to complete a large puzzle?

I first discovered the true scale of time to make models both physical and computer in high school. It can be a long draining process.

Of course I started off with not knowing much about what I was doing but it is the sort of thing that you learn as you go.

How often do you know where all the pieces to a puzzle fit before you put it together?

It always starts off with a vision. You have a general concept of what you want a building to look like. Or you start off with a few sketches of what you want it to look like

Navigating the Constraints of Software

You have a vision, you sketches, you have the perfect picture in your head. Everything is straight forward from here right?

NOPE! Now you have to figure out the geometric configuration of each and every shape in your model.

It’s not always easy either. Often times you realize that you may need to redefine your scale to fit the idea. Or maybe you need to make one wall longer to fit the purpose of that room.

Another thing to keep in mind is that when you design buildings, you need floors, walls, windows, doors, and roofs.

Doing this requires you to have a grasp of how to make each geometry back and forth. The same outline that you use for the floor will most likely need to be converted into a different form for the walls and again for the roof.

Finished Product

Congratulations, you finished making your model, did you figure out a color scheme? Did you render pictures of it?

It’s a very interesting situation. You feel a sense of accomplishment spending a whole week working on making a model. Then you realize it can be just as much work to do post production to make pictures.

Personally, I struggle with picking materials and color schemes. When I do find something I like, it usually comes with an addition to the model changing the way it looks as if making the model is always going to be an ongoing process.

With materials picked out I move to rendering software (I sometimes pick colors within the software) where I do more of the site work that adds an extra level of spatial awareness.

After finishing setting up my image for rendering, I can finally prepare them for pictures, the last thing on my project list. Taking pictures is an art. You need a plan, and you need to be very precise with how you operate to get the best quality of work.

Once you take time to render images, you are done! Wow that was a long time, but completely worth it every time.

It is a passion and hobby for me to work on things like this that is why I have no problem spending my entire weekend working on a single project.


Thanks for tuning into this week’s blog, let me know what you think and if you’re ready to start model making! As always, Dream Big!

Published by Alonzo Colon

Architecture Student at Virginia Tech

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