Architecture is Not Just A Building

Today’s Topics:

  • Basics
  • What A Good Project Has
  • What A Great Project Has


When most people think about architecture their mind goes straight to designing a building.

As a core definition, yes that is what architecture is.

If you are rushing in architecture school, you are doing a project last minute, that is probably the minimum requirement for your presentation.

But as students, we should always be striving for our best right? So let’s go to the next stage.

What A Good Project Has

The next most important thing to include in any project is context.

Obviously buildings do not just float in space.

This could be any type of information that lets you know information about location, climate.

Mainly this would be done through topography lines giving your building a place to sit. Whether it is flat land, a beach, in the woods, or in the mountains.

Having this amount of detail is a great way to enhance your project overall.

What a Great Project Has

Now that you have topography what are you going to do with it?

Is it just enough to place a building in the land and say you’re done? How can you further enhance your project?

Landscape architecture!

As I mentioned from the start, architecture is more than just a building. It is more than just topography. It is the journey you take through space.

This includes the experience from how you arrive at a location, to the journey you take to get inside.

As a designer, I strive to answer all of these questions as I aim to focus on the human experience rather than just putting lines on paper that look nice.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s blog post! 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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