It’s been such a long, winding road to get here I almost can’t believe that at 29 I am finally getting my Bachelors Degree in Architecture! I took so many detours outside of my career path that for the longest time I had given up on my dream to become an architect, but here I am. Let me be the first to say, it’s never too late to drop everything and chase your calling. Looking back to my first year it seems like time flew by, even though it didn’t seem so in the moment. Even though my way wasn’t the conventional college experience, I have had the chance to learn, travel and grow so much that I would not change this opportunity for anything.
SO it’s my senior year and I spent the winter break taking advantage of the vacation by doing absolutely nothing productive but focusing on rest and regrouping for this final stretch. After my graduation in May it’s going to be time to face new challenges and finally test the real architecture world.
One of my new goals for this semester is to become a LEED Green Associate. As I learn more and more about becoming accredited I plan to break down my study plans in case any other future architects are interested or need the help.
I have many dreams for this year and I want to work hard for every single one of them. I can’t wait for what is in store and I am anxious but ready for every bit of it.
I’ve spoken before about my current semester struggles. As a quick recap, I am currently working on my senior project: A mixed use development of a 130,000 (ish) SF site located in South Bend, Indiana. We are expected to have … Continue reading →
Second year of architecture school had me feeling like the real deal. We were introduced to site analysis, construction types, and we were finally putting our designs out there. I’ve said before that looking back at my old projects, all … Continue reading →
Some people are comfortable listening to music while they work, do homework or study. I have never been that person. I can’t even listen to classical music while my brain is trying to get into gear.
Sometime during my college life, I discovered the use of white noise combined with noise cancelling headphones for blocking out all distractions. I have to admit it is mind numbing in some way to be listening to thunderstorms for hours on end while you try to work, but it was the only way I could ever write a paper that I was actually proud of. After some hours with my headphones on, it was always sweet relief to take them off and enjoy the sound of silence.
In studio, while I glued models together, sketched, or drafted, I found that I could listen to eBooks and the time would pass more enjoyably. I’m guessing it’s because my brain doesn’t need to be engaged as much to do things with my hands, or maybe it’s the artsy side of my brain taking over (feel free to correct my poor knowledge of neuroscience). Anyway, my preference has always been the Harry Potter books (I’ve seriously lost count of the times I’ve read/listened to them). I created a playlist that runs the whole series of 7 books back to back continually, and I love it.
However, it has got to the point where I pretty much know it word for word and I find myself wanting a change. For a time I have been considering Podcasts but I haven’t really gotten down to actually downloading any. I read an Architectural Digest that suggested their take on “Best Architecture and Design Podcasts”. After browsing around I downloaded two:
2015. A simple year. My first year as an Architecture student was full of the usual, Gen. Ed. classes and the hectic running back and forth around campus. My favorite part has always been sitting at my drafting table, no matter the time of day.
Drawing and Graphics Studio was a studio to learn the basics. A gentle introduction to the tools and methods I used to think architects used their whole life. (That was a lie – Since the rise of technology, fewer and fewer Architects depend on hand drawing and rendering for any part of the design process).
Nevertheless, it was hand-drafted floor plans and sketches that first attracted me to pursue a career in architecture. I enjoyed every moment of it as I persevered through (and learned to love) the tiresome methods of drawing axonometric, oblique,
and perspective sketches. I enjoy sketching and coloring design proposals, and I hope to be able to incorporate sketching and hand-rendering as much as possible in my future career.
These are just some of the examples of the work I did. It’s easy to look back and see all of the flaws in my work, but that’s the process of learning. The more of it I do, the easier it gets, and the more I enjoy it.
In between the crazy schedules of my life as an architecture student, I have permanently toyed with the idea of this blog. The problem is that it scares me to begin anything new, unless I’m pretty sure I can conquer it. In this case, I’m not sure what it means to “conquer” a blog.
So I’m doing this for me, to look back, to learn, to keep track of where I’ve been and where I want to go.
If you’re reading this and it seems interesting, bear with me… It’s only going to keep getting better!
I’m a complete newbie to the world of blogging, and I’m a beginner in the world of architecture. I have a limited perspective but I want to share and learn from others as much as I can.
I will start by breaking down what my (studio) education in architecture.
My Studio Experience up to this point looks like this:
Drawing and Graphics Studio
Introduction to Design Studio
Architecture as Craft Studio
YEAR 4 (Currently)
Comprehensive Design Studio
I want to break down each year by project in future posts, but for now feel free to browse my first ever attempt at a Portfolio (don’t laugh!). The PDF attached was my submission to be accepted into the professional program at Andrews University. It’s hopefully the first of many (better ones) to come.
I’m excited to be where I am. I’m enjoying my senior year to the fullest.
Here’s to 2 more years of college and couple more fore licensing! It’s going to happen!