December 30, 2013

The Underdog Architecture Student's Top 5 Posts of 2013.

As we close the year off, I would like to wish you a happy new year. I looked through my blog stats for this year and these are some of the top 5 blog posts that I wrote for 2013.

5. The Post-Grad Phase: Stay Informed, Stay Engaged
When I was in Post-Grad Purgatory, this post focused on staying engaged with the discourse of Architecture when you are done school. A lot of local professional organizations and architecture groups and architecture schools hold events and lectures that are open to the public. These are an valuable source of knowledge and inspiration to help you keep up with architectural discourse. 

4. Portfolios: Some Advice from a Recent Grad (Part II)

This is for those recent grads who might have fallen into the challenge of: You’re out of school, You’re out of work, You probably did not have a portfolio ready, and you moved back home. This can be stressful and even depressing trying to get motivated and productive to get the ball rollin’ on your job search. 

This post was in reaction to a lot of student favouritism and professor biases I saw, experienced, heard about as a student and from friends who are in school still. The grading system in Architecture School can be grossly subjective. Unfortunately, some students will give up after their first F in studio. I say, if this is what you want to be when you grow up: To hell with those Profs. You are probably a valuable contributor to any design team. Your academic life does NOT necessarily determine your work life. I have met many students that struggled in school or fell behind by a year or three and are kicking it at some good firms.

2. Portfolios: Some Advice from a Recent Grad (Part I)
I wrote this blog post after attending a portfolio review after finding out that I got hired by the current design firm that I work for. I decided to just keep some of the tips I received from the event for all you architecture students needing some advice. 

This blog post focuses on telling Architecture Students some job hunting tips that you might get from career counselling services at school. It is about trying to diversify your strategies in the job hunt and looking inside the mindset of a hiring manager (especially for applying to corporate firms who do not take a designer-oriented approach to hiring)

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