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5 Tips to Help You Survive Architecture School

You know architects to be the people behind the design of a certain building. Although that is true, what you actually see is just the surface part of the profession. An aspiring architect would have to endure long hours of school, study the most complex subjects, and also be able to create designs using the knowledge that they have gained during their time in school.

That being said, a lot of people enroll in an architecture school, but not a lot of them would graduate to become a real one.

So, in this article, I will cover some tips that will help you survive the ordeals. Pursuing your undergraduate degree may help you land a job in one of the architecture firms in Malaysia.

Make Friends

When I started architecture school, there were more than 100 students in my first year. Guess how many stuck with me until the end? Only 21. Of those 21 students, all of them became my friends. It was actually one of the best things that I’ve done in school.

You see, when you study in school, you will work in a studio environment and you will usually be grouped together. I know that there are only a couple of people that will stay in the course until graduation, but if you start making friends now, you will have developed the skills necessary to prepare you to become a true architect.

Learn to Take the Time Off

Okay, it is safe to assume that we are humans, right? And, because of our nature, we get tired and demotivated at times. I admit, there were times when I wanted to quit school simply because it is so hard. That is especially true when we’re talking about creating designs.

At some point, you will get burnt out and no matter how many hours of persistence, you are still going to get nowhere. If you happen to have reached this point, it would be best that you take time off of your project and do something else- something that you really enjoy doing.

When I had a creator’s block, I went to the gym and lifted weights as this is my favorite pastime. When I came back, I feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle any new challenges.

Of course, we are very different people, which is why you need to figure out what you really want to do (aside from architecture school, of course).

Learn to Manage Your Priorities

Although you need to sink a lot of time in doing your projects, this is by no means an excuse to not go out there and do what normal humans do.

I actually love playing with a band during my spare time and it is actually good since you are also doing things that you enjoy.

Always manage your priorities in a way that you create a balance between work (or study) and life.

Leave Your Work at Work

Because there are going to be times where you cannot finish your project, some students would bring their projects home to finish it. But, based on my experience and from the accounts of other architecture students as well, doing this is actually not a good idea.

That is because when you bring your work home, you will be distracted by a lot of things and you simply become unproductive because of it.

In addition, leaving your problems at home and not bringing them to work is also a great idea. Basically, this means that your focus should be on school/work and home depending on the place you’re in.

Always Think of the Bigger Picture

Part of being an architect is to become flexible and adapt to certain situations- especially those that you have not anticipated at all.

For instance, I was working on a number of projects when my computer crashed. Some of them got saved, but some of them got corrupted.

It is easy to become frustrated with these occurrences, but believe me when I say that you can always start again.