Understanding a city with pencil and paper, the archistudent way.

emmstile:

Crit Day Fashion!

Nik’s shirt has a cool dual-coloured sheen. It’s blue and green at the same time. Jonny’s looking casual with them rolled up pants and Jason’s lovely grey blazer adds the perfect touch to his patterned button down. 

Nice! and what a pretty sunlit studio with a view!

designbyhugo said: I'm starting university in september, studying architecture. Now that my exams are over and done with, what do you think I should be doing in the next two months to prepare? :)

Read, travel, sketch! Open your eyes and mind to architecture wholeheartedly, and absorb everything like a sponge. :) Check out our books tag for suggestions. 

life-of-an-architecture-student:

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Some photos from NUS Architecture’s City Exhibition: HEAR | HERE.

The exhibition is on until 25th July at The URA Centre, so if you’re in Singapore and in the area, do drop by!

Thanks, Jasmine, for the photos!

You Know You’re An Archistudent When…

You book a hotel because it looks hipster, then realise after further googling that it’s designed by an architecture firm you’ve been stalking. 

thisbigcity:

Which city quotes inspire you? Share them with us and we might include them in this series!

thisbigcity:

Which city quotes inspire you? Share them with us and we might include them in this series!

(via concreteutopias)

Tags: quotes

'Worklife', 'Sexy' and 'Jury' as used in architecture today. Found in AA Files.

'Worklife', 'Sexy' and 'Jury' as used in architecture today. Found in AA Files.

Tags: studio

Tags: studio

Hello fellow architecture students and friends!
If you happen to be in Singapore, The NUS School of Architecture’s annual City Exhibition, HEAR | HERE will be happening from 27 June to 25 July this year at The URA Centre. You’re promised a wide scope of projects challenging notions of space and representation, so do head down if you’re in the area to see the works of our students in the past year.
Held as a fringe event in conjunction with CityEx, the fifth edition of The TAS Debates series will be held on 4 July at The Substation, convening over the motion: “The idolisation of ‘starchitects’ is detrimental to architectural education.” Drop by for an engaging discussion on the topic and other issues close to the heart of architectural education. 
More details at our event pages: HEAR | HEAR, TAS Debates

Hello fellow architecture students and friends!

If you happen to be in Singapore, The NUS School of Architecture’s annual City Exhibition, HEAR | HERE will be happening from 27 June to 25 July this year at The URA Centre. You’re promised a wide scope of projects challenging notions of space and representation, so do head down if you’re in the area to see the works of our students in the past year.

Held as a fringe event in conjunction with CityEx, the fifth edition of The TAS Debates series will be held on 4 July at The Substation, convening over the motion: The idolisation of ‘starchitects’ is detrimental to architectural education.” Drop by for an engaging discussion on the topic and other issues close to the heart of architectural education. 

More details at our event pages: HEAR | HEAR, TAS Debates

yetanotherunoriginalteen said: Yesterday one of my tutors was in a really bad mood and told me my project looked like it wasn't even designed by an architect. He's wrong and everything's fine and my other tutor said so, but how do I even deal with feedback that negative? I feel like shit.

Firstly your tutor shouldn’t even be taking it out on his students if he’s in a bad mood - it’s just unprofessional. To be honest, when one encounters such tutors, you should simply ignore, and seek advice elsewhere, or until your tutor is in a suitable mood again. Good luck! (and sorry for the late reply)

shscott said: I have an unrelated background (Literature B.A.) and am now in an MArch program. I am finally getting a slight hold of the learning curve and want to know some suggestions you have for those of us playing catch up. Last year was a very sobering year as my work did not grow proportionally to my taste and eye. What tips to you have as far as reads, programs to master, etc whatever you can think that would be helpful!

I love that you’ve done lit and are now in archi! I love literature, and wanted to major in that initially, before changing my mind and making it my minor. I do believe that coming from a different major background gives you an edge, especially literature, where narratives and understanding of texts does give an interesting perspective on architecture. You should always be curious and keep an open mind about different architectural styles and read up on those that catch your eye. You can check out our books tag for some suggestions! As for programmes, autocad, sketchup, rhino are good programmes to master as tools to help you in school and at work in the future. :) 

punk-pineapple said: Your list of archibros needs Rem Broolhaas!

Yes! that’s totally going in the list!

life-of-an-architecture-student:

tipsforarchitectureschool:

Powerless, Un-confident, and Afraid? It’s ok, we have all been there.
First, I would like to say Congratulations! Making it into an architecture program (especially the best in your country!) is something to be proud of. You should be happy, and excited for the journey that is ahead of you. The work you have already done to get where you are now, even though it seems small in the grand scheme of things, is a victory worth celebrating. So do not be afraid to be proud of yourself.
As your summer grows shorter and it is time for school to begin, these feelings of doubt you are having are completely normal. It is easy to think you are inadequate when starting something new. Trust me, we all feel insecure about our abilities at some point. Even people you idolize, and people who boldly state their confidence, experience the same doubts you are going through right now. Doubt is hard-wired into human existence and your success will be determined by your reaction to these emotions.
If there is any advise I can give you it is this:
"It’s all in your head."
You have more potential than you think you do, but with any of us who are super critical of ourselves, we interfere with that potential more than we would like to admit.
There is an amazing concept I learned about a few years ago called “The Inner Game”. There are many concepts rolled into this, but something I think will help you with your situation is this equation:
(P) = (p) - (i)
Performance = potential - interference

As you make your way through school, you will be introduce to a wide range of interference. You have to be able to reduce interference, such as self doubt, and focus on things that are tangible, such as putting pen to paper. It is important to worry less about what other people think and focus on more important things, like having clear goals and accomplishing them step by step. 
There is a great quote from Will Smith that I reference often when I think something is too challenging:
"You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say ‘I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.’ You don’t start there. You say, ‘I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid. You do that every single day. And soon you have a wall." 
— Will Smith
Understand that your current set of skills will only grow with experience; and that you are always  going to be challenged with inner and outer obstacles. Most of us focus so heavily on the “OUTER” obstacles:
- Afraid to compete with other people who are better than us
- Afraid we won’t make it to the end
- Afraid our career won’t be successful
That we forget about the inner obstacles. The largest being:
“I don’t believe in myself.”
You have to be more confident in yourself, and the most efficient way to do this is to simply allow yourself to fail. It is ok not to be the best in your class. As long as you are always growing, learning, and piecing together your greatness day by day, you will see yourself grow over time, and you might even notice your work being featured more and more over the other people in your class you always thought were “better than you”. 
This reminds me of another favorite quote of mine from Bruce Mau’s Incomplete Manifesto:
"Love your experiments (as you would an ugly child). Joy is the engine of growth. Exploit the liberty in casting your work as beautiful experiments, iterations, attempts, trials, and errors. Take the long view and allow yourself the fun of failure every day."
- Bruce Mau
What you are about to go through is a process. LEARNING is a key element of your growth, and you have to want to learn and get better. Don’t rely on cheerleading. If I waited around for someone to tell me I was good or not, I wouldn’t get anywhere because most of the time, the loudest mouths only spit critiques, not praises.
You have to make your own way and find your own inspiration. Try to have a “GO-TO” place for things that inspire you. I would make a document, or folder on your computer, or a blog where you keep things that get you motivated.
Here is my personal blog where I post random things that get me hyped to succeed:
markperrett.tumblr.com
and here are some of my favorite things that get me motivated:
Eric Thomas | The Secrets to Success
Will Smith | Talent vs Skill
Morgan Freeman | Oprah’s Master Class
Robert Kiyosaki | Rich Dad Poor Dad
Barry Green | The Inner Game of Music (Self 1 and 2)
Bruce Mau | Incomplete Manifesto for Growth
Sir Ken Robinson | Changing Paradigms
Steve Johnson | Where Good Ideas Come From
Creative Something | Rules of a Creator
Ira Glass | Quote
******
PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THIS NEXT PART, IT IS IMPORTANT.
“I’m also afraid my career won’t be successful, especially because I’m a girl.”
YOU are a PERSON. With hopes and dreams and aspirations and agendas and will power and fight and talent and fears and nothing makes you any more or less of a person than who you are on the inside.
I know the statistics, I know different countries have different ethical views, I know that sexism is a very REAL thing, but hearing you say that your career won’t be successful because you’re a girl breaks my heart. Either you believe that you, as a girl, are not capable of doing as well as a man in this profession, or you are repeating something you heard someone else say about the percentage of women in the job market or how women do not get paid as well as men, but please know that your sex does not determine your ability or success.
I cannot pretend to know what it is like to be a girl in the field, and I know that you cannot control politics, or the way other people think, but what you can control is yourself. Something I always tell my private students is this:
“Be so good at what you do, that they have no choice.”
{ but to hire you  .  but to promote you  .  but to praise you }
Please know that you are no different than anyone else, regardless of race, sex, nation, or creed and you have the power to be as amazing as the people you idolize. Everyone comes into the world the same way. And through a mixture of circumstance, natural talent, and work ethic, you become who you are.
How you interact with your personal circumstances is another very real attribute to your success.
I will be completely honest with you, the people who will doubt you the most and tell you that you are not good enough will probably be the people closest to you, like your family and friends. 
Everyone who cares about you wants to keep you free from vulnerability, and in turn, will try to persuade you from taking risks or doing anything where they see you might get hurt. It is not their fault, they just don’t want you to go through any pain. But on the other side of pain is success. You are going to have to go through failure to succeed. Take what people tell you with a grain of salt and just keep going. 
[[[ And what about the REAL HATERS?? ]]]
You will also have people who are not your friends trying to bring you down as well. But you know what…
:)
Let them.
:)
Learn from them. Let them be angry. Let them be jealous. Let them talk about you behind your back. Let them hate.
We all have faults. Some of us can’t draw straight lines, Some of us just have bad character traits, but nothing is set in stone. The most terrible people could be the nicest, most uplifting people years later, the worst, most UN-artistic person could become the next Van Gogh. History has proven the story of the “ugly duckling” time and time again. So just know that while your doubt is understandable, you never truly know how well you will do at something until you do it.
I’m not going to sugarcoat anything though. You are going to make a lot of mistakes, you will get harsh remarks about things you were proud of, and you are going to cry. Maybe just once, maybe a bunch, but never cry to quit, cry to keep going. Because aside from all of the inevitable obstacles that are in your future, the only thing that can truly hold you back is yourself. 
Don’t forget why you dreamed of being an architect in the first place. 
Let the essence of that idea keep you motivated and don’t allow your fear of failure to cripple your passion. Because without trying and failing, over and over and over again for yourself, you are in no position to judge what you can accomplish. You can only hope for the best as you jump head first into the future, and if you fall, just get back up, dust yourself off, and keep going. 
As long as you are always trying to be better then you were yesterday you will be just fine. 
:) Go get em.
- Mark Perrett, tipsforarchitectureschool

Great answer Mark!

life-of-an-architecture-student:

tipsforarchitectureschool:

Powerless, Un-confident, and Afraid? It’s ok, we have all been there.

First, I would like to say Congratulations! Making it into an architecture program (especially the best in your country!) is something to be proud of. You should be happy, and excited for the journey that is ahead of you. The work you have already done to get where you are now, even though it seems small in the grand scheme of things, is a victory worth celebrating. So do not be afraid to be proud of yourself.

As your summer grows shorter and it is time for school to begin, these feelings of doubt you are having are completely normal. It is easy to think you are inadequate when starting something new. Trust me, we all feel insecure about our abilities at some point. Even people you idolize, and people who boldly state their confidence, experience the same doubts you are going through right now. Doubt is hard-wired into human existence and your success will be determined by your reaction to these emotions.

If there is any advise I can give you it is this:

"It’s all in your head."

You have more potential than you think you do, but with any of us who are super critical of ourselves, we interfere with that potential more than we would like to admit.

There is an amazing concept I learned about a few years ago called “The Inner Game”. There are many concepts rolled into this, but something I think will help you with your situation is this equation:

(P) = (p) - (i)

Performance = potential - interference



As you make your way through school, you will be introduce to a wide range of interference. You have to be able to reduce interference, such as self doubt, and focus on things that are tangible, such as putting pen to paper. It is important to worry less about what other people think and focus on more important things, like having clear goals and accomplishing them step by step.

There is a great quote from Will Smith that I reference often when I think something is too challenging:

"You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say ‘I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.’ You don’t start there. You say, ‘I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid. You do that every single day. And soon you have a wall." 

— Will Smith

Understand that your current set of skills will only grow with experience; and that you are always  going to be challenged with inner and outer obstacles. Most of us focus so heavily on the “OUTER” obstacles:

- Afraid to compete with other people who are better than us

- Afraid we won’t make it to the end

- Afraid our career won’t be successful

That we forget about the inner obstacles. The largest being:

“I don’t believe in myself.”

You have to be more confident in yourself, and the most efficient way to do this is to simply allow yourself to fail. It is ok not to be the best in your class. As long as you are always growing, learning, and piecing together your greatness day by day, you will see yourself grow over time, and you might even notice your work being featured more and more over the other people in your class you always thought were “better than you”.

This reminds me of another favorite quote of mine from Bruce Mau’s Incomplete Manifesto:

"Love your experiments (as you would an ugly child). Joy is the engine of growth. Exploit the liberty in casting your work as beautiful experiments, iterations, attempts, trials, and errors. Take the long view and allow yourself the fun of failure every day."

- Bruce Mau

What you are about to go through is a process. LEARNING is a key element of your growth, and you have to want to learn and get better. Don’t rely on cheerleading. If I waited around for someone to tell me I was good or not, I wouldn’t get anywhere because most of the time, the loudest mouths only spit critiques, not praises.

You have to make your own way and find your own inspiration. Try to have a “GO-TO” place for things that inspire you. I would make a document, or folder on your computer, or a blog where you keep things that get you motivated.

Here is my personal blog where I post random things that get me hyped to succeed:

markperrett.tumblr.com

and here are some of my favorite things that get me motivated:

Eric Thomas | The Secrets to Success

Will Smith | Talent vs Skill

Morgan Freeman | Oprah’s Master Class

Robert Kiyosaki | Rich Dad Poor Dad

Barry Green | The Inner Game of Music (Self 1 and 2)

Bruce Mau | Incomplete Manifesto for Growth

Sir Ken Robinson | Changing Paradigms

Steve Johnson | Where Good Ideas Come From

Creative Something | Rules of a Creator

Ira Glass | Quote

******

PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THIS NEXT PART, IT IS IMPORTANT.

“I’m also afraid my career won’t be successful, especially because I’m a girl.

YOU are a PERSON. With hopes and dreams and aspirations and agendas and will power and fight and talent and fears and nothing makes you any more or less of a person than who you are on the inside.

I know the statistics, I know different countries have different ethical views, I know that sexism is a very REAL thing, but hearing you say that your career won’t be successful because you’re a girl breaks my heart. Either you believe that you, as a girl, are not capable of doing as well as a man in this profession, or you are repeating something you heard someone else say about the percentage of women in the job market or how women do not get paid as well as men, but please know that your sex does not determine your ability or success.

I cannot pretend to know what it is like to be a girl in the field, and I know that you cannot control politics, or the way other people think, but what you can control is yourself. Something I always tell my private students is this:

“Be so good at what you do, that they have no choice.”

{ but to hire you  .  but to promote you  .  but to praise you }

Please know that you are no different than anyone else, regardless of race, sex, nation, or creed and you have the power to be as amazing as the people you idolize. Everyone comes into the world the same way. And through a mixture of circumstance, natural talent, and work ethic, you become who you are.

How you interact with your personal circumstances is another very real attribute to your success.

I will be completely honest with you, the people who will doubt you the most and tell you that you are not good enough will probably be the people closest to you, like your family and friends. 

Everyone who cares about you wants to keep you free from vulnerability, and in turn, will try to persuade you from taking risks or doing anything where they see you might get hurt. It is not their fault, they just don’t want you to go through any pain. But on the other side of pain is success. You are going to have to go through failure to succeed. Take what people tell you with a grain of salt and just keep going. 

[[[ And what about the REAL HATERS?? ]]]

You will also have people who are not your friends trying to bring you down as well. But you know what…

:)

Let them.

:)

Learn from them. Let them be angry. Let them be jealous. Let them talk about you behind your back. Let them hate.

We all have faults. Some of us can’t draw straight lines, Some of us just have bad character traits, but nothing is set in stone. The most terrible people could be the nicest, most uplifting people years later, the worst, most UN-artistic person could become the next Van Gogh. History has proven the story of the “ugly duckling” time and time again. So just know that while your doubt is understandable, you never truly know how well you will do at something until you do it.

I’m not going to sugarcoat anything though. You are going to make a lot of mistakes, you will get harsh remarks about things you were proud of, and you are going to cry. Maybe just once, maybe a bunch, but never cry to quit, cry to keep going. Because aside from all of the inevitable obstacles that are in your future, the only thing that can truly hold you back is yourself. 

Don’t forget why you dreamed of being an architect in the first place.

Let the essence of that idea keep you motivated and don’t allow your fear of failure to cripple your passion. Because without trying and failing, over and over and over again for yourself, you are in no position to judge what you can accomplish. You can only hope for the best as you jump head first into the future, and if you fall, just get back up, dust yourself off, and keep going. 

As long as you are always trying to be better then you were yesterday you will be just fine. 

:) Go get em.

- Mark Perrett, tipsforarchitectureschool

Great answer Mark!