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10 things you learn at architecture school

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Going to architecture school isn’t what you always expect and we’ve given you a breakdown on some of the things you’ll learn…


1. Architecture is the art of building

This is the best definition of architecture as it succinctly embraces the art and science aspects of the subject.


2. Every design must have a ‘parti’

Good tutors enjoy challenging conventional wisdom and they’ll explain that it’s important to have an intellectual opinion or stance on design.


3. Always ask why?

A key part of a student’s development as an architecture student is to ask questions from different perspectives so that you can test your assumptions. This is vital in design development.


4. Design with people in mind

Students’ works are influenced by people they admire and look up to. It’s good to learn to integrate modernism with softness and spaces that embrace individual needs.


5. The plan is the generator, which in turn informs the section and elevation

A modernist approach instilled in students is to plan with clarity as it demonstrates clear thinking.


6. Computers are not substitutes for thinking

An important communication tool, but computers do not negate the need to use grey matter to resolve complex problems.


7. The difference between a road and a street

A road is for cars and a street for people with buildings and pavement – this is a subtle but very important difference that demonstrates the need to understand what you’re explaining.


8. If you can’t draw then you can’t build it

There’s a high importance placed on the resolution of detail and its integration with other disciplines. This is what sets architecture school apart from the others.


9. Create a visual feast

Engaging the user through the senses especially sight, informs architecture. This can be through scale, proportion, daylight and colour.


10. Don’t wear black

Dressing head-to-toe in black is a big no-no. Identify yourself with stylish dress sense and do not revert to stereotype.


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