June 28, 2013

Summer Connections: Why it`s important #DesignStudents

Image: A beach networking event I attended by Cool Connections
This week's post is a submission to Project GYST (Get Your Sh!t Together!) hosted by Raeallan. This week's topic focuses on Summer Connections. I felt this topic could be applicable with the focus of my blog. I was that individual in architecture school that wanted to meet people outside of my field and make connections:

Summer is finally here and you are finally OUTSIDE of the dreaded architecture studios for the year. Now, I understand if you were not able to attend professional workshops and events during the school year but summer break is no excuse. How are you going to make the most of your summer break?

June 19, 2013

Good Grades does NOT a Good Designer Make

I have been waiting to write a post about this for a while. This post is for the architecture student that has struggled and perhaps had their setbacks. I hate to break it for the top dog design students, but A’s does not a great designer make. From attending workshops and talking to practitioners and even professors a great disconnect lies between what you have been learning and mastering in architecture school versus what happens in the real world and where you will go after graduation.

June 17, 2013

Make the most out of your Summer #ARCHISTUDENTS

Okay, so it has been quite a rough year for you. No longer will you have to spend really late nights in the architecture building. Actually chill with friends and loved ones who thought you were dead. Why sleep on a floor/cardboard/dirty drafting table if you can blissfully rest in your own bed, without the guilt! You don’t have to worry about excessive deadlines unless you are taking summer classes or doing a summer studio. It’s summer time and you should give yourself a pat on the back for trekking through a rough academic year of architecture school.

June 12, 2013

Renderings Part II: In the real world.

So, I might be biased by being primarily taught by the old "modernist" studio professors during my architectural education. My career in school with these professors made me feel  that renderings are not the deterministic factor to making it to the field. I was more interested in design process than seeing what I can do with photoshop – and yes there are consequences that I had to deal with swinging to the extreme for one approach in studio over the other. Eventually I had to realize that yes, renderings are crucial as a student, but if you want to be those architects that actually want to make money and make ideas become reality...spending hours on photoshopping and renderings does not an architect make...if anything, it is just one aspect of the many things we do.

June 10, 2013

Renderings Part I: Inside Academia

Last week I came across Arch Daily’s article, Are Renderings Bad for Architecture?That article brought up to issues concerning the allure of renderings and its truthfulness. It brought up issues surrounding questions on what should students learn in school.  Is seductive imagery a true measure of a good designer? Sure, digital renderings are important to market and sell our ideas to a client but to what extent do you have to be good at rendering as an architecture student? You'll need a base level to present your work in order to sell your presentations and portfolio.

June 05, 2013

A studio project is like a good greasy burger.

Last weekend, I went with a friend from architecture school to check out a Burger Festival in Toronto. It was Burger Day last Sunday at Toronto’s Artscape Wychwood Barns. Since it was architecture and food – I am all up for this any day! Wychwood Barns used to be a Streetcar repair facility just north of downtown Toronto and was recently converted to a beautiful community hub that by local design firm DTAH. Along the lines of the Underdog Architecture Student’s blog for wanting to make the analogous link between Architecture and the Culinary Arts, I have always wanted to talk about the burger in one of my posts. I just was not sure if I wanted to take a high school approach and apply the burger concept that we use in essays for the way you present your projects and convey the narrative of your design. I thought I would after seeing some design reviews that needed improvement (I have entries on them – click here and here) NO – now that I think about it, the design of a crafted burger is like a studio project. Both can teeter between falling face down to a pedestrian state or rise to a state of elegance and sophistication.