Posted by Floval on September 15, 2003 at 15:16:40:
In Reply to: Re: course still being discouraged ? posted by Gabs on August 06, 2003 at 18:39:44:
Hi Gabs, sorry i've taken this long to find the forum again and post a reply, I read your newer post too and hope things are going well for you. I go through phases where where I'm searching the net for architecture info (like now) and other times when I'm thinking "I'd better stick with computing" :)
If you're in the 3rd year of a 4 year program I'd say finish the course if at all possible, get it under your belt then move on afterwards if you want to. If courses in Canada are like in the UK, Architectural Technologists can enter the later stages of an Architecture degree. No reason why you couldn't do that. If your tutor says you should consider being an artist, there is a positive side to that statement, because not all Architects have a real artistic talent and it could be a big plus for you if you stick it out.
I was the opposite, good technically but felt i lacked creativity. I felt i was copying things i saw in books rather than coming up with original concepts. Of course i know now that you have to do a little copying to learn the basics then later you combine ideas and from that you go on to original design (unless you're a genius from the word go!). Some good advice I got, but rather too late, was "make sure you fulfil the brief". By that I mean make sure you give the tutors all the drawings, sections, details etc that they require. I spent way too much time fretting over the originality of my work, and lost marks because i had little time left to do the required drawings for the projects, and lost marks and bad crits can be discouraging. Once you have your degree you can do what you like (and still get clients hopefully!). I say all this as someone who only finished 2 years, so take my comments with a pinch of salt :)
Thanks for your advice at the end, it is a good idea to get together with others and start a business. We'll see, I shall report back if I decide to go back to the studies.
Is 'site verifications' measuring up the site ? All this new lingo...
Never be afraid to ask for help from others at the building site, i'm sure they would help keep you right, everyone has to learn sometime (though maybe you were there yourself).
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