What Makes Architecture School So Hard?

Today’s Topics:

  • Learning How to Design
  • Spending Countless Hours Working
  • You have to Know a Little Bit of Everything

Learning How to Design

When you look at the work of architecture students you may have good reviews or bad reviews about their work. One of the most challenging things to accomplish is learning how to put what you have in your head, into a project.

In this day and age, that problem is most present through 3-D modeling. It takes years to be able to freely express your thoughts and ideas into a 3-D model.

Often times you see a project at it’s finished point, but you never get to see the process that it took to design that project. Or even to get to the stage in which such a project could be designed at that level of detail.

The first time you start using 3-D software, you are amazed at being able to extrude a rectangle into a cube.

Going from this stage, to making a building takes quite a lot of practice.

Spending Countless Hours Working

Going along with learning design software. Developing your projects in architecture school also takes an extremely long time. First off you are in studio class for 4 hours every other day.

On top of that, you are expected to come in after school to continue working on your projects. There are some days where you don’t leave the building except to eat and sleep.

Architecture projects can be very stressful and strenuous because it is not easy to design projects. It takes a lot of time and thought to give a building purpose and meaning.

You Have to Know a Little Bit Of Everything

Architecture is a subject by itself. Digging deeper into what is included in architecture and design you will find yourself in an endless loop.

In architecture, you are required to know a little bit about everything.

Look away from your screen at the 4 walls you are enclosed by. Behind those walls you will see the structure that is supporting the building, the electricity powering your screen, the air conditioning cooling that space among many other things.

Architects have to talk and consult with numerous people and professions for an initial design to become a reality.

This requires you to know what that conversation should be, and all of the options you have as a designer. To have complete control over every aspect of your design, understanding what goes in a building will go a long ways.

Thanks for tuning into this week’s blog post, I hope you enjoyed it! Leave any suggestions or questions down below in the comments. As always, Dream Big!

Published by Alonzo Colon

Architecture Student at Virginia Tech

2 thoughts on “What Makes Architecture School So Hard?

  1. Wow! So you have to have a certain level of discipline and follow through as well as know the right questions to ask in order to get the job done. Thanks for the insight!

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