Self-Teaching in Architecture School

Today’s Topics:

  • How Much are Architecture Students Supposed to Learn on Their own?
  • Passion and Desire
  • What is Architecture School Supposed to Teach Students?

How Much are Architecture Students Supposed to Learn on Their own?

Going through architecture school I’ve come to the realization that if there is something that you are interested in, then put yourself in a place where you can learn more about it.

As you develop as a student the various classes that you take will all start to contribute to your overall knowledge of architecture.

Sometimes you do have to start filling in the gaps on your own. 3-D modeling software is one of the largest areas where this occurs.

Most architecture firms over the last two decades have been transitioning to using various software to make the process much easier. The only hard part can be learning how to best utilize the software.

Not only is it just software, but architecture in general. You may be how design a building, but something as simple as scale is not always common sense. A lot of times you may have to go and find examples of spaces to understand their scale and how it interacts with your project.

There are a number of things that students have to learn on their own and I can’t get to all of them, but this was just a glimpse.

Passion and Desire

One of the best things about architecture is that there are so many paths that you can take and plenty of things to explore.

I knew from the start that I wanted to learn as much about architecture as possible, so I joined competition teams and organizations. Currently I am now in a position where I am exploring fabrication technology.

The best thing you can do is find your interests and explore them as soon as possible. That can help guide you through your journey and even lead to a potential career path.

What is Architecture School Supposed to Teach Students?

One of the first things I was told when I started looking at architecture schools is that it is way different than architecture as a practice.

Having experienced both, I can start to comprehend what that means. One of the biggest differences is money. Architecture school projects almost never deal with this giving a completely different range of freedom to explore.

When you design a building, each building is different from the one next to it. So it’s not about learning how to only do one thing. It is about getting the tools and information to come up with things on your own.

Everything is based off of what you produce. Students are given critiques on their work, and tips to help them further develop as a student.


Thanks for tuning into this week’s blog post, I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know if you have any questions or comments. As always, Dream Big!

Published by Alonzo Colon

Architecture Student at Virginia Tech

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