Another tip: Be intentionay vague about it. You don't have to explain everything in one swoop. Spend a few minutes speaking about the concept behind it and perhaps a special feature. Most guest critics can understand your floorplans and sections well enough, and it gives them a chance to ask you about something they'll be interested in hearing about.
Tips On How To "Sell" Your Concept (Ideas) During Reviews
1) Be Confident, Believe in Ideas - This one is obvious but a lot of times professors like to challenge your confidence rather than your ideas. Stick to what you worked so hard on and don’t try and change it midway with the attempt to appease the critic. Your job is to make the “buyer” believe that the best way is the way you came up with…don’t let people tell you otherwise.
2) Take Constructive Criticism - Despite the first tip, you have to remember you are dealing with people’s egos. When a critic suggests something and you deny them, you are directly insulting them and sometimes they may not take it lightly. Now, I’m not saying you have to take all their advice, just be nice about it. Say something like “that’s an interesting way to look at it” or “I haven’t thought about it that way, I should look into that.” That way you get them feeling good about themselves and that’s when you take advantage and impose yours in a stronger way.
3) It’s Your Project and Yours Alone - Do not look to anyone (especially your professor) for help during a presentation. This makes you look weak and unsure about what your doing…even if you already are lol. If your professor decides to help you out, don’t deny help but never should you depend on it.
4) Know When To BS - In this business, Bull Shitting your way through school is very necessary but not all the time. During reviews it is OK to say “I don’t know” once in awhile. Reviews are meant to develop your project and many times not knowing things brings about great discussions.
5) Be Professional - Act like you care about your work and people will start to care about it back
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I am currently in the process of applying to grad schools for an MArch degree. I was thinking of sending my portfolio to a professional to have it printed and bound, but most services I've found only offer saddle stitch binding, spiral binding, or perfect binding, neither of which I like. I was hoping to find something that will allow my portfolio to lay flat when it is open on a table. Any suggestions? Thoughts?
I know Lulu.com does center staple but in terms of lying flat spiral is one of the few that do so. I’ve heard of people just binding in themselves which shows a little individuality. But it really depends on how many pages u got because obviously the more pages you have the more difficult it is to lay flat when opened.
Hey! You give out great advise and I have a question that has been worrying me to death. Im a pre-architecture student and I can't stay up late, at all, not even past 12 o'clock. I hate coffee and energy drinks do nothing for me. Do you know a way to train myself for the upcoming late nights in future studios?
Hahaha, you remind me of myself exactly…that was me word for word. The truth is that there is no real way to prepare for studio in any way, to my knowledge, because it’s unlike anything you will ever do. From my experience, when the beast of studio hits you, you will be able to do things that you never thought was possible…especially staying up late. It took me two and a half years through college to become a coffee drinker, it’s inevitable. After trying every energy drink, coffee related drink, and various other substances (wink wink), I found coffee to be the best in my opinion. Anyways, don’t worry so much about that…staying up late will become the least of your worries lol, best of luck!
You run a lovely blog and seem like you know what's up? So what advice would you give a student who loves architecture and seems themselves doing nothing else, but is currently having a hard time motivating themselves to get things done. We all know you need motivation to get through the hell that studio can be sometimes.
hmm…that’s tough because the best advice would have to be specific to your situation. In general though, I may be able to come up with something that may help. Maybe try finding something you really enjoy about your project and make that great. Or you can get in the mindset of “proving people wrong” and make that your fuel. Perhaps you have a rival to push you as competition can be good motivation if taken in healthy doses. Sometimes it only takes one good review or talk with your professor to really give your semester a jump start. Another good idea is to talk to friends that you know will boost your confidence…a couple of compliments can go a long ways. The truth is (and you may not like this answer) that you have to find what motivates you on a personal level. No one knows but you…best of luck, and I hope this helps
could you please do some kind of feature with all your glorious, inspirational, hilarious and whatsoever "all-nighter originals"-quotes? would be awesome, to read 'em one after another ... and quite informative for people who follow you only since few days.
Do we have that many? I guess but we don’t really archive our shit that well so it’s literally me back tracking our own pages….. fuck
Absolutely love them! It’s perfect craft with no fingers cuts in a fraction of the time. Only thing, be smart with it. If its a quick study model don’t waste your time lasercutting. Plus, in the early stages I would suggest hand modeling to explore forms better. Sometimes a computer model/lasercutter will limit your design.
***P.S. LEARN HOW TO PROPERLY USE IT AHEAD OF TIME! I cannot tell you how many people waste time, money and material on that machine every time they use it