This Week in Architecture School 29 March, 2021

Today’s Topics:

  • Architecture Studio Project
  • Other Classes
  • Extracurricular Activities

Architecture Studio Project

The biggest thing I’ve been working on this week is my studio project. It is a community center, and is at a scale that we have yet to achieve. 25,000 sq ft.

I started off strong developing my concept, but after that I didn’t continue to develop much. My design was very straight forward not really challenging the idea of space that I had hoped for.

So about 2 weeks ago, I really started getting to work and drastically changed the design.

With the scale of the project being large, modeling has taken much longer than any previous project.

I first designed the floor plan, and then extruded the shapes into a model. The longest part is adding materiality to each wall, column, and roof.

Once I’m done, I can finally make a board and finish from there. Still plenty of work for me to do.

Other Classes

This semester I have been taking a course overload meaning I’m taking 2 extra classes than normal.

With online school, over the course of the semester it has begun to be repetitive. Wake up, eat sit at my desk, then sleep again.

I have really been learning a lot with all of these classes and I’m glad that I’m able to do well in them, but I think I will only take one extra class next semester.

The best part is that much of what I’m learning has applied to my studio work. I’ve gotten to learn about materiality, structure, and sustainability among other things.

Overall it fees like this semester has been flying by quickly. We only have a little over a month left to go.

Extracurricular Activities

Outside of school classes, a major part of my college journey has been extracurriculars. Having these experiences has been shaping me and exposing me to things that I am interested in.

Last semester I was able to participate with Design For America to do a project. This semester I have been accepted into a leadership position as a project manager.

We have been gearing up for the future and have started planning how we will run things next semester.

I have also gotten to travel down to the VT WAAC facility to learn how to use the robotic arm. I spent a couple of hours there taking it apart, putting tools on, and jogging the tool around.

Another project that I was able to work on was an exhibit at the National Building Museum. When it is publicly opened I will send more information about it, but it is very nice to have controlled and worked on a project at such a scale.


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

Published by Alonzo Colon

Architecture Student at Virginia Tech

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