Firm Schedule VS School Time management

Today’s Topics:

  • Scheduled 40 Hour Week
  • Personal Time For Projects
  • Preference

Scheduled 40 Hour Week

Going into architecture school, something I have heard very often is that education and the professional practice of architecture are very different.

A little over a month into my internship, I can now comfortably say I have adjusted from doing work for projects in school, to doing work for projects in a firm.

Working each day I am always pushing to get as much work done as I can by the time the day is over. It is like the end of the day is the deadline for work that I am completing.

With this mode of doing work it helps me to stay productive. I do not like ending days without feeling like I accomplished something, so it drives me to keep working.

Personal Time For Projects

When school is in session I operate on my own time to do everything. This requires much more time management because studio is not the only class that I have to take each semester.

One of the biggest things is that I’m not bound to any certain amount of hours so I can freely put in whatever amount of time it takes to finish my work.

This turns into late nights and full studio days where I am able to completely focus and keep working.

Doing projects on my own time also makes it slightly easier to procrastinate. My time is not exactly being paid so I don’t feel obligated to work every minute of each hour that I’m in studio.


Overall I do enjoy doing both methods of working. I still get all of my work done, and it is always delivered at a high quality.

If I had to pick one it would be studio because that is what I have done the most for 2+ years compared to just a little over a month.

With studio, the way in which I do my projects is up to my own interpretation and allows me to express my creativity and express myself as an innovative designer.

These skills will also directly reflect what I’m able to do in a firm setting in terms of the quality of work because that is being produced.

Thanks for tuning into this week’s blog post, I hope you enjoyed it. Leave a comment about your college to work experiences. As always, Dream Big!

Published by Alonzo Colon

Architecture Student at Virginia Tech

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