ArchDaily's Ultimate List of Advice for Incoming Architecture Students
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TIME
School is what you make of it, so give it your best.
1、多提问 Ask Questions
You will (most likely) never be in this type of learning environment and be surrounded by this many intellectuals again, so make the most of it.
2、勤自学 Teach yourself
Even though you'll be learning from your teachers and fellow students, it's important to teach yourself the things that aren't always included in the curriculum. The internet is home to a beautiful, magnificent, constantly-updated treasure trove of tutorials.
3、组织和辑录你的研究 Organize & catalog your research
In the digital age, information can be excessive and overwhelming. Taking the time to organize your research not only refines your results, but helps develop your taste and can serve as a tool in the future.
Nothing can compare to experiencing a city or building in person - and it will look good on your resume.
5、读你能读到的所有书 Read all that you can
Use your school's library to comb through journals and books. Follow your favorite site's RSS feeds.
6、收集建筑类网站，找寻灵感 Visit archiposition for inspiration
7、不要害怕质疑你的老师 Don’t be afraid to question your teachers
It can be tempting to gain favor with your tutors by doing everything they say, but there are many ways to approach architecture and becoming a clone of someone else isn’t always the best way. You’ll produce more interesting and individual architecture by learning from your teachers, but also questioning them occasionally.
Frustration will be part of your everyday life when studying architecture. Each year will test your resolve to continue in the profession, but if you love the work, keep mind of the big picture.
9、耐心 Be Patient
Listening to an arrogant colleague or professor might be hard work, but there is always something to learn – even if it's just what not to do.
10、自由创造 Create freely
Schools are there to open our minds. Don't let others close it. Often you will not find reasons for some architectural decisions you make. Just believe in your will. You have just five years of total experimental freedom.
11、去上课 Go to class
Though this may seem like a no-brainer, often Architecture students skip lectures to work on studio projects. Not only are you depriving yourself of a break from studio and a well-rounded education, it’s the worst form of disrespect to your professors who have spent time preparing their lectures.
12、保持忙碌 Stay busy
Though downtime is rare, find a measurable and resolvable problem to work at when you have it. Enter competitions or try solving problems in your immediate environment, like making your studio more environmentally friendly.
STAY SANE AND HEALTHY 保持健康
Architecture school can be strenuous, but you’ll be far more effective as a fully functioning student than as an overworked zombie.
13、切勿好胜心过强 Don't be competitive
School is about learning, not about "one-upping" your classmates. The mindset of comparing your work to others in a creative field is not only nonsensical, but dangerous.
14、去睡觉 Get some sleep
There’s nothing romantic or cool about slaving away all night at a project. With proper time management and hard work, all-nighters can be avoided. Sometimes, you might find that it’s unavoidable, but try not to make a habit of it.
15、 加入体育类社团 Join a soccer/dance/etc team
Exercise and time away from studio does a body good. Dodgeball, anyone?
16、理智购买 Purchase wisely
Some universities will ask you to show up with pencils, pens, set squares, charcoals, watercolors, and hundreds of dollars’ worth of books. Architecture is one of the most expensive degrees as it is - so when you’re starting out, it’s best to wait and see what you’ll actually use.
17、享受你的新设计 Enjoy every new project
Every project should be a long moment of joy and fun. Change the mentality of differentiating work and vacations – Architecture must be both the greatest love and challenge in your life.
18、保持活力 Stay energized
Eat full meals at proper times whenever possible. When it isn’t, make sure to keep healthy snacks available - a tin of almonds and cashews or a crate of clementines can save your life.
19、交朋友 Make friends
The importance of a support system, and the simple company of others cannot be understated. Don’t fall into the trap of the lonely genius; you could miss out on lifelong friendships and possibly business partners.
BE A GOOD STUDIO NEIGHBOR
These are people you’ll be working with for 4-5 years so leave a good impression!
20、尊重他人 Respect others
Unless you've been given explicit permission, don't touch other people's models and don't rifle through the stuff on their desk. It sounds like common sense, but sometimes curiosity can get the best of you.
21、尊重教室空间 Respect the space
Keep studio a place for work. Architecture school can be fun, and it’s easy to get side tracked by good friends after many long working hours. However, keep the fun – especially if it’s loud, to other parts of the school where people aren’t trying to do their work. Take calls outside and listen to music on your headphones.
PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE
Not only will this help you have an easier time after you graduate, you’ll learn more about the profession and do better in school.
22、建立你的社交网络 Build your network
Your classmates are your greatest resource for collaboration. What better time to reach out than when the consequences are the least severe they’ll ever be?
23、开放你的职业选择 Keep your options open
School is an opportunity for trial and error. Architectural education is a multi-faceted one, often touted as the last true Liberal Arts degree. Many graduates go onto multi-disciplinary practices – fashion, graphic design, industrial design and publication are just a few options.
Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity or get involved with programs that give you hands on experience. A set of drawings on a piece of paper will never teach you the beauty of a perfectly laid brick wall or the elegance of a wood connection. More and more schools are embracing design/building studios, where you will have the opportunity to learn more about how to actually build. If you have the chance, take one of those studios!
25、学会写作 Learn to write
Writing is an invaluable skill in architecture that's closely rooted to the successful communication of design ideas. Write. Edit. Repeat. Better articulation often results in a clearer design process and you'll develop a better appreciation for what to say during reviews and crits by practicing in writing.
26、保持谦虚 Stay humble
The greatest trap of architecture school is to believe that you are better than others. Recognize that you will always be a student, constantly learning. You are here to provide a service for others – not greedily guard your ideas and look down your nose at those who don’t understand “good design.”