Big Ideas or Technical Details?

Big Ideas or Technical Details?

Is the education of architecture school about the big ideas or the technical details? This is a question that has been on my mind quite a bit lately. So what should be the focus of the collegiate architecture school system?

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Knowledge versus Tools

Knowledge versus Tools

I was having a conversation with some academic colleagues the other day and we got on the subject of knowledge versus tools. The basic idea of this chat was about what students should be learning during their architectural education. Which of these two ideas is more important or should take emphasis in the education of students?

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Ep 072: Architectural Disconnect

Ep 072: Architectural Disconnect

We are going to be talking about the fantasy of being an architect versus reality. Welcome to episode 72 “Architectural Disconnect”

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Unpaid Internship Positions

Unpaid Internship Positions

Since it is getting time for college career fairs and planning for the summer I wanted to touch on the subject of Unpaid Internship Positions.

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Architecture Profession in Numbers

Architecture Profession in Numbers

How do the education path, career path, and workforce of the profession of architecture compare to other professions? What can we learn from data evaluation? Let’s look at the Architecture Profession in Numbers.

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Ep 068: Where is the Finish Line?

Ep 068: Where is the Finish Line?

Becoming an architect is hard – You go to school for a long time and work and study but upon graduation, you are not an architect … so when does that moment happen? Welcome to episode 68 “Where is the Finish Line”

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Studio Lessons 101: Architectural Precedents

Studio Lessons 101: Architectural Precedents

One of the many activities undertaken in architecture school is the study of Architectural Precedents. While I am may not be convinced of the outcomes, I do believe in their value.

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Architecture Lectures and Presentations

Architecture Lectures and Presentations

One of my new tasks this semester in my academic position is to be a member of the departmental committee for lectures and exhibitions. This committee is tasked with creating the annual lecture and exhibitions program for the Department of Architecture. This has turned out to be quite the conundrum for yours truly. While I do not have any issue with being on the committee or being an active member, I find myself questioning the premise as a whole. Are lectures or special series of presentations relevant anymore? Or are they more relevant during the Covid crisis than ever before? I honestly can see it either way, but I think I might lend more to the latter.

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I Work How Many Jobs? My FTE equals 3.0?

I Work How Many Jobs? My FTE equals 3.0?

As we discussed the stereotypes earlier this week on the podcast, I was inspired to create this post. Added to that is just two days ago some of the discussion in our upcoming episode (062) and then I was fully settled into this one. Do all architects work long hours? While I am not a proponent of that as a standard policy, I feel the need to maybe backtrack on my stance from the episode. But not exactly. I work a lot of hours in a single week. But I think that is because I have essentially 2.5 to 3 jobs… let me explain.

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060: The Perfect Portfolio

060: The Perfect Portfolio

At one point or another, every architecture student or graduate has a portfolio of their work that they have agonized over creating. Portfolios are important, they demonstrate your range of skills and will most likely play a significant role in whether or not you land your dream job … so why do so many of them so ineffective? Today we are talking about the “Perfect Portfolio” and what that actually means.

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Depending on the time of the year, about 15% of the emails I receive have something to do with portfolios in some form or fashion. There are a handful of questions that get asked over and over again …

  • What do they look like?
  • What sort of information do I put in them?

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