Attending and graduating with an architecture degree is one of the best experiences a student could have. Even if students never pursue a career in architecture, the experience of architecture school is highly beneficial and rewarding to everyone who attends.
Here are 10 reasons why you should study architecture in school.
1. To Become a Brilliant Problem Solver.
Architecture school teaches you to take a pile of data and information and interpret it to inform how to design a building or solve a problem.
The answers never come right away, they come through investigation of the problem and many many versions of trial and error until arriving at a perfect solution.
This is called the design process.
The same design process and logic used to design a building can be used to solve many problems that have nothing to do with architecture.
Once you learn and discover what your design process is, it will change how you approach problems in all areas of life.
2. To Travel The World
Everyone who studies architecture must travel to explore how people live in other parts of the world.
I’ll even argue that people don’t even know what architecture is, until they have gotten out of their bubble and visited buildings on the other side of the world to see how other people live and interact with their environments.
Traveling is a requirement for all architecture students.
3. Because you love to make things.
In architecture school you are constantly making and producing things.
Sketches, Drawings, models, renderings, 3d computer drawings, paintings, collages, photographs, portfolios, resumes, good ideas, the list goes on and on.
Architecture school allows you to use that passion of creating. Students often find themselves so focused in the process of making, they lose track of time and the rest of the world. Staying up all night with intensity and focus
4. To make great friends and meet some AMAZING people.
The people you go to architecture school with quickly become your family, because you’re all in this together. You’ll spend more time with them then anyone else in your life. Some of the most important people in my life are the people who I went to architecture school with.
The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is an amazing community of Architecture Students from all over the world. Several times a year the AIAS has conferences for students that brings together the larger community. All architecture students should be attending these conferences for the opportunity to meet a great diverse group of really cool people.
Regardless of where you live, you will meet LOTS OF PEOPLE getting involved with the AIAS.
5. To think outside the box.
Architecture school is all about looking at problems from many different angles. Its not about getting from point A to point B. Its ALL about the journey that students go on to arrive at the destination.
I struggled my whole life in school, until I landed myself in architecture school. Once I did, for the first time in my academic life, I felt like I was rewarded for my creative ideas, rather than being punished for not following instructions.
6. Discover what you are capable of.
The amount of personal growth that happens during the years of architecture school is mind blowing! Students enter as freshman totally intimidated by the work that thesis students are producing, and 5 years later they themselves are producing the same amount of work.
Everyone is capable of sooo much more than they think they are. Architecture school is an amazing opportunity to test your limits of what you think is possible.
7. To become an Architect.
If you want to become an Architect, have your own design firm, stamp drawings and see your buildings get built, then architecture school is the first step of the process.
Becoming an Architect, is a 3 part process of: the proper education, on the job experience hours and passing the Architect Registration Exam.
On average it takes about 13 years from when students first begin architecture school, until they are a licensed architect. It took me 15 years.
8. To help figure out what you want to do with your life.
Many people start architecture school and quickly realize that architecture isn’t for them but get very clear understanding about what they should be doing. Maybe its graphic design, engineering, computer programming, art or whatever.
The intensity of architecture school helps people get very clear and discover what they should be doing with their lives, even if it isn’t architecture.
9. To have fun!
Architecture school is a ton of fun! Traveling the world, meeting cool architecture people, staying up all night, working really hard alongside your best friends and always testing the limits.
Some people (myself included) never wanted architecture school to end because it was soo much fun.
10. Studying Architecture will change your life.
It will change how you see the world and ultimately change your life. You will graduate as a drastically different person then when you started. Except for architecture friends, no one will really understand what you went through during your years at architecture school.
Architecture school isn’t easy and it’s not supposed to be. The purpose of architecture school is to create strong, dynamic, smart , well rounded graduates who are ready to move into the next phase of becoming an architect.
What do you think?
Yeah, you should really study architecture.
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