Hi! I saw a question about studying architecture abroad. I'm going to Scandinavia this summer. Any advice for studying abroad in general? This is my first time.
Ok so here’s my advice:
1) - Make sure you have your passport and buy your plane ticket well in advance…prob should have both a semester before you are going. I paid an extra 200 bucks for waiting 3 extra days than when everyone else bought theirs
2) - Be friend your group before you head out. You are going to be spending A LOT of time with these people and unlike the norm…they are probably gonna be your only options. I suggest going out to dinner and drinks a couple time as a whole group
3) - Room with someone who shares your views in experiencing another country. You should always explore yourself, but it makes it that much more fun when you got a partner to do shit with. It is a drag when your roomie just wants to sit in…you can do that at home
4) - DO EVERYTHING…or everything you can possibly do. When is the next time your gonna be there? NEVER! This is purely a life experience schooling is second
5) - Don’t go crazy with the school work. Your here to experience another country, not to do work all day. If you have the option to finish it when you get back then do that, get your work done but don’t obsess about it…something a lot different from your normal studio
6) - HAVE FUN, BE SAFE…don’t let your mom see the movie “Taken” before you go. But you should see it cause its totally badass
That’s tough question to answer bshott. I will answer on only my behalf and not my partners. I personally like selective works from architects rather than the designer. Obviously we can’t like everything a single architect does but I like different flavors (you should see me at Baskin Robins). Besides built work I appreciate those practicing who write along the lines of Beatrice Colomina. Obviously she doesn’t practice but I do have love architecture historians. I feel like they’re more in touch with what is architecture because their job is to be observant and elaborate on the peculiarities of space. Every time I bring that up people always counter with “how bout Rem? He writes.” I do like Remy and I like the fact he’s a well rounded kat.
I don’t know bshott I’ve been rambling on without actually answering your question but here’s list of people I like. Rogers,Reiser, Loos, Lynn, Ingels, Kahn, Zumthor, Rem and Matta Clark if you count him. Also obviously I love Colomina as a writer way more than Frampton but I think Frampton is a great asset for the historical community. We joked around saying that Kenneth is related to Peter Frampton.
SO this studio classmate gets her significant other to help her every time there is a midterm or final, consequently she has more and better quality work because she is only really doing half the work while the other person does the other half. For example, while shes doing some drawings her gf is running back and forth to the laser cutter or building her model for her. so what ends up happening is we all look like shit compared to her because we are not capable of creating the same amount of work. Ive asked some people what they think about the issue, what do you think?
Well before I answer you question I have two things to say/ask. Lesbian classmate (awesome) and is her significant other an architecture major as well?
I have only seen this in one case my second year. This guy name Stolworthy (we called him Stoolworthy) we fucking hatd this guy because he was a fucking asshole and he had a girlfriend who helped him. She was an art major so most of her shit looked nice but crumbled after two days or even during reviews. In the end he ended up dropping out in the funniest way possible (this will be in our next True Studio Stories segment).
All I can give you are two options. Suck it up so you can worry about your own work. When the time comes when her partner won’t be there would be the moment her skills are tested and you get to watch. We all have our moments when we are forced to work outside our comfort zone. I wish I could elaborate more on this classmate but I want to know more about the situation. The second thing to do is get a lesbian to help you iith your work. LOL just kidding. Just keep cranking mate and the world will set everyone on the right track cuz baby you design that way.
you guys just made my day when i saw my name in the list of those entering the raffle... i hope i get lucky!!!!!!!!! well im at my school's architecture workshop so i'll keep on with my homework.. so the question is, when are you going to publish the winners?
Well they haven’t been printed and shipped to us yet but we can do the drawing at any time, announce them and kinda give the winners an IOU. But we rather do the drawing when we have the finished product in our hands. If you don’t win you can always purchase one.
Elmers is aweful. It has the highest moiture content, takes forever to dry and because of that pieces can warp from the evaported moisture. Tacky is hands down the best and gets an AllNighter tip of the hat. Sobo is alright but its way better than elmers.
I have an ethics question, theres this girl in my studio who is plagerizing Asymptotes Port Terminal in taiwan,do i tell on her, do i let her just fail herself as a so called architecture student, or do i talk to her about it??? I mean who does that? but anyway what do you guys think i should do?
Here’s the thing. A lot of people like saying this quote. “A good architect borrows ideas but a great one steals them.” Either they’re too lazy to explain why they would believe in it, likes saying it because it sounds radical or simply don’t know what the fuck they’re talking about.
In my opinion we don’t copy because we observe, learn and than apply it to our projects. That is why we do precedent studies. Besides that point most people can do their best to “copy” Herzog or “copy” Zumthor but in your attempt to copy them you pretty much produce something thats yours.
But if this girl is basically tracing the floor plans…… that bitch should go down.
What are yalls opinion about studying abroad? When wouuld yall suggest it?
Study Abroad is a definite YES! I went to Tokyo and it was an experience of a life time…especially for someone like me who never left the east coast of the US. Not only is it awesome but its usually an easier studio (if it involves studio), and it looks great on your resume. In our school you were not eligible for study abroad until junior year and it was highly competitive since there was only 3 programs which excepted only 12 kids each (and it included grad students). If your school is different than I would do it ASAP but make sure it’s to a place you actually wanna go
We are happy to say we finally found a silk screening company who can do our shirt. It was a nightmare because since we have two dozen colors very few companies were willing to do it but we finally found one who will. Soooo this means those who reblogged those two post we did awhile ago are in the drawing for free shirts!!! Again if you reblogged both time we’re gonna put your name in the hat twice. So I will keep you guys updated on the ETA of those shirts. Those listed below entered the raffle.
Wow that was a lot of copy and pasting. O well if you see your name twice that means you reblogged both of my announcements and thus your 2 times likely to win one of the shirts we’re giving away. Thats right shirts, plural, more than one!!! So the people I listed are the only ones who are entered for this raffle. Sorry late comers maybe next time. Can’t wait to see how they turn out!
Do you guys use the same outrageous archi-speak that we do? some of these are pushed to the limit of jokes but they often slip into our presentations. I understand its a language we all slowly learn but I wonder what your thought are on not sounding like pretentious douche bags.
ex. emotive aura, tectonic, experiential quality
ps. feel free to use those in your next review ;)
Of course. We’re actually developing an entire ledger. This is not a joke.
Why do our professors telll us the name of the concept we are suppossed to achieve in our projects but give us no insight as to what the concept is????
You go to school to learn, not wait for someone to tell you exactly what to do. Your professor may not even know what your concept should be so they throw a faux name to a concept. It’s almost like a placebo where you fill that gap based entirely on a small glint of a project. That professor is either very clever or just a douche. Remember they’re not always right. Take control of your project otherwise it’s no longer yours.
Do you guys have any sneaky shortcuts you figured out after years of hard, unnecessary work, that you wish you knew from day one?
We know plenty of shortcuts when it comes to programs and what not. We can’t really tell you now because Stanz (the other admin to this blog) plans to make an entire section called “The Cheat of the Week”
I guess when it comes to shortcuts most people figure it out if your studio is very tight. So make plenty of friends. For instance I would party with most of these people on a weekly basis.
Do yall think it matters what architecture school you attend? Or region of the country?
Not really. Like any guidance counselor will tell you every school is different to cater to the different types of student. Sometimes the pieces don’t fit and you move on. For instance I know plently of people with terrible design ideas and work etiquette in Ivy League Institutions. They don’t really absorb the resources around them so they’re basically paying a fortune and not getting any self growth
I think as long as you find the right fit, grow from your experience and most importantly weed out any bullshit you should be fine. Things to look for is the staff teaching there, the quality of their library, shop, digital fabrication shop, courses taught there, the direction of the work in studios and finally the city it’s located in. I think location is important because if your introverted a secluded city would be perfect for you to get work done. If you’re like myself I need constant stimulation of a big city to keep me sane. Sanity is always important. Hope that helped.
I just found your guys blog and related instantly!
I couldnt help but want to share what keeps me up in studio and give you guys a little sneak peak with the video we made, then (after i just submitted) I saw one of my classmates already posted it!!! I was in the blue haha
for me staying up is pretty easy when we keep the electro house music so loud, the interior design girls two rooms down have to tell us to keep it down :P
Wow u fellas from British Columbia really like us! I think your last photo submission inspired a new submission idea.
I think being out of studio really gives you an idea of how valuable your sanity is. I don’t have to remind everybody that lack of sleep, poor diet, no sunlight, and constant work would lead to frustration and sporatic moments of lunacy. This is simply a reminder that we should all take control of ourselves and treasure what we have.
People think I’m extremly passive and laid back but in reality they’re just bouncing off the walls and occasionally rocking back and forth balled up in a corner. I just keep reminding myself how good it feels to be sane as if its summer vacay and I’m bbqing for my friends in my backyard. I also remind myself of my times of lunacy. The time I almost dropped out third year, the time I fell in love with an import model, the time I drove home sleep deprived for 8 hours and finally the time I teared up infront of my mentor. All embarrassing but all good reminders of where I don’t want to be.
It’s kinda like a condom. You have it but you don’t really need at that time but when you need it odds are it’s not there. So cherish it.
What were you greatest/worst studio moments and greatest/worst moments as an architect in general?
Well I don’t want to speak for the both of us but in my experience the best moment or moments I had were three final reviews. The critics had nothing to say but praise about my project. That really boosted my ego and if memory serves right I was already drinking a little so I had a design boner. As for worst I guess it would be when I was a third year I almost resigned but my professor advised me not to.
The second part of that question I cannot answer because I am not licesnsed. But in the real world I haven’t had any great or terrible moments so far because I’ve only been out in the real world for less than a year. I guess the best would be starting this blog.
I guess the next two paragraphs would be my buddy Stanz answer.
I know that a lot of people are probably going to oppose this quote I put up and some might say it’s my opinion. I agree with that but here’s my rationale behind it.
People think that going to a certain school or having a certain professor can make any average joe a designer. If you have that mindset you should just quit now. There’s a reason why we do this and that’s because we have a latent talent that must be unleashed. A good school and the right professor doesn’t tell you how to design even though it seems like they do. In reality a school gives you tools. How to use a program, how to make things look pretty, supply you with a vast library of literature and introduce you to various intellects. A professor is basically like the angel and devil on your shoulder. They help weed out all the shit and tell you to look into other shit to improve your design. Even those professors who take control of your project aren’t teaching you design. They’re designing for you, your being a pussy for not taking control and you defeated the entire purpose of going to school. CONGRATS!
When it’s all broken down we absorb through writing, drawing, experimenting, conversing, reading, listening and critiquing. It’s all processed and we take what’s relevant or just plain cool and run with it. Just like anything else in life this would probably mold the designer you are or hope to be.