I will be honest!!
Hello everyone I want to share 6 important lessons that I have learned from my 4 years of architecture college (honestly, 7 years (3 years diploma + 4 years degree)).
These 4 years are more crucial because they taught me a lot, going through all the ups and downs. As an architecture student, it held me by itself and made me learn and grow in this field. Attending all those long lectures, studio classes, jury, and submission deadlines was challenging, but it gave me quite the experience to deal with them in unique ways. It taught me the value of exploring various design possibilities and embracing the iterative process. I learned to experiment with different ideas, concepts, and forms, allowing me to push boundaries and think outside of the box. In the end, all these challenges were rewarding, and now I understand the value of those things.
Here are the 6 important lessons I learned during my time in architecture college:
Communication is very important.
Communication is a very important and essential skill in architecture, whether it’s a general discussion with your professor, a design jury, speaking with your clients, or collaborating with someone on a project. It is very necessary for quality work and achieving the best results. It sets the foundation for clear understanding and efficient progress throughout a project. So always try to improve your communication skills by communicating with new people and taking feedback from them.
Connections and your network.
Communication and connection are the most crucial things in architecture. One makes you easily present your words to different people, and the other leads you to explore different kinds of opportunities through your vast network of connections. Staying up-to-date with news, latest trends, and technologies is necessary, and you will find all this through your connections.
Personally, for me, my good friends, professors, and professionals provided me with valuable opportunities, support, and mentorship.
Time Management and Prioritization
The most important thing in architecture college is managing your time. Managing your time effectively and prioritizing tasks is very necessary to meet all your deadlines on time and balance your multiple responsibilities like studio projects, exams, competitions, extracurricular activities, freelance work, etc. Distribute your work as per the priorities and the work deadlines, and then finish it one by one. Assign working hours to each of the works and then complete them within the given time. Having this great skill in yourself will help you ensure better outcomes, the best results, and reduced stress. And, you will definitely be successful.
Adaptability and Flexibility in yourself
I think being adaptable and flexible is very important for personal growth and success. Architecture is a dynamic field that constantly evolves with the change in time, so being open to changes, new concepts, and new ideas allows you to adapt to new technologies, software, design methodologies, and client requirements. It also prepared me for the dynamic nature of the profession. The ability to quickly adapt to new challenges and embrace innovation becomes crucial for success.
Handling friends in teamwork and getting the best results.
Friends, for some people it’s complicated; yeah, for me also. But I think this complication is also necessary because getting results with those complicated friends is a great challenge. I didn’t have a bunch of friends; I just had 2-3 good friends, and working with them made it very easy. I don’t want to go out and try different guys for new projects; if I have one good friend, I will work with him or her only because it will be very easy for me to communicate with him or her and present ideas. Maybe I have limited myself here, but in the future, that will be a different challenge for me to face in this competitive world.
Failure is a Part of the Process
Architecture is a very challenging course; you have to deal with various things, and it will test your patience and stress level. Embracing failures and accepting them as a learning opportunity is very essential in architecture. It will help you achieve your goals and give you valuable lessons that will also serve you very well throughout your career.
Personally, I believe that when we fail at something, don’t hesitate to do it a second time because this time we will not be starting from scratch.
If you are also in your 4th year, then you must have been labelled as a COVID batch. It’s a thing now, In the beginning, we enjoyed sitting at home and taking online lectures, but now I know what I have missed in those two years. I’m not going to regret all that because now I know where I have to give my attention. When I look back on my 4 Fu*king college years, I realize it’s hard to believe that I am going into my final year, and after the thesis, I will be a graduate and awarded the title #architect.
So, time really flies; it was like yesterday when I joined this course.
These were my 6 important lessons from architecture college. What are your learnings and takeaways from your architecture college or school? Comment below!!!