Life as an architecture student.

Updated: Aug 28, 2019

Hello dear Readers, I wanted to come to you with a particular subject which is my personal experience so far as an architecture student. I know some of you have an interest in architecture and design, and may consider a career in one of those fields, it is the reason why I decided to give you my tips for a serene journey.

I would like to begin by explain why I personally decided to study architecture so you can have a better understanding of my mindset when I started.

I have always loved the process of giving life to an idea from scratch, but it's only when I was sixteen that I began on realizing that architecture will be a right way to express my creativity. After watching an emission about the famous architect Mohamed Hadid, I fell in love with architecture and the fact of being able to provide an amazing feeling to people while looking at a building.

I was already familiar with Dubai but its reputation in therm of architecture really influenced my will to pursue my university education in this city. I graduated from high school in June 2016 and started university in September 2017 due to the fact that I had to pursue one full year of English classes in order to receive my TOEFL accreditation. I am currently at the beginning of my second year, and I have already learned a lot of trick that I am gonna share with you.

1- My first advice would be to be passionate about architecture if this is a career that you are considering, your love for this discipline will be your encouragement to not give up.

2- Which bring me to my second advice, architecture is extremely time-consuming due to the fact that 70% of your classes are manual so be mentally prepared do have sleepless nights time to time and improve your organization skills.

3- Challenges are part of the architecture, to build sustainable structure; the architect need to have a challenge. Therefore my third advice will be to not see challenges as obstacles, they are here to help us see things in a different angle and trigger our creativity.

For example, I remember during my one of my studio class, the main task was to design a living place for a bird and myself. This space had to transcript a concept find from a music of my choice. Moreover, this concept had to be in relation with the bird to whom the living place will be for. The challenge was to allied the living space that was also meant for me, with the complexity of the natural habitat of my bird and his behavior.

4- My fourth advice is to always trigger your creativity, don't be afraid to go out, read, get inspiration from every sense that you possess. One of my professors once told me that the better way to approach a new project is to turn him upside down in order to come up with a new eye and creative ideas. Be open-minded,

~ "You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have" ~ Maya Angelou

5- Fifthly, I strongly advise you to pay attention to details because they always make a difference and can enhance or destroy your design. My trick to be sure to deliver a beautiful structure is to play with the principles of design. Sometimes the most complex design is the simplest to realize,

~ " less is more" ~ Robert Browning

6- I hope you have a good cardio and strength in the arms because those two will be much needed. This advice can sound funny but as I said I am here to give you my personal experience, and I can assure you that you will be running from shop to shop looking for good material that fits each submission while trying to meet the deadline. So be ready for a good workout session.

7- My seventh and last advice is to be patient ( we all know architecture is a minimum of 4 years ) but moreover be patient with yourself, Rome didn't get built in one day. There will be a time when you will feel really tense and hopeless but allow yourself to grow into the architect you aspire to be.

I know that with my advice, life as an architecture student sound like an awful life to live but I wanted to express things as I have experienced them. And I can assure you it is an amazing experience and I am happy to study architecture. That's why passion is important not just in architecture but in everything you do.

PS: If you ever need to glue acetate, use clear glue and not super glue otherwise it will leave white residues, trust me. Clear glue takes more time to dry but at least the finished product is neat.


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