The Mash Up…
January 27, 2024
I Marked 3,706 Assignments…
This week I sat down and tracked my teaching over the last decade. I figured out I’ve taught 81 separate tutorial groups and 1,066 students, logged over 5,000 hours in the classroom and marked a whopping 3,706 assignments. That last one floored me…
Through all this, I can see very clear and repeating patterns. I can see the same issues challenges that students face in design studio repeating over and over. I see the same hurdles, mistakes and questions. But more importantly the things that are causing them. Even when students can’t see them. Especially when you can’t!
If you’ve ever struggled to come up with a concept, or even understand what a good concept is, or had no idea what you’re supposed to be doing, or spent hours or days in front of a drawing board or in a 3D model and your design goes nowhere…
I get it. I’ve been there. It was a big part of my own student life, and I see many students struggle with the same things.
The Biggest Challenges Facing Architecture Design Students
I stopped my work on this website a couple of years ago – work and life got in the way! But the same issues and problems and questions still remain, and the answers aren’t anywhere to be found. So this is where I’m doing my best to answer them.
This week’s article comes from a reflection of my teaching over the last year (and the ten before that), and seriously considering what I want this website to be. I look at the top seven challenges faced by architectural design students to help you…
- Understand what you need to know what you are being asked to do and how to do it.
- Learn the three types of thinking essential to a successful design.
- See what you’re currently focussing on and what you need to focus on instead.
- Identify the two types of design tools you need to balance.
- Learn one of the biggest skills you need to know that no-one is teaching you.
- Discover the one thing to help you become a better designer over time.
- Find what you need to love the journey you’re on.
What’s Your Biggest Struggle?
I started then stopped creating content on this website about two years ago. The last twelve months I’ve been teaching again, and I’m still seeing the same issues over and over.
ArchiMash has been sitting in the background, niggling away at me, begging me to come back to it. So I am. I realise there’s a need for the type of questions I want to answer and issues that need to be addressed.
They’re the sort of things that, as a tutor, I look for on the internet as a resource for students, and they’re just not there. They’re the sort of questions you ask every day and the questions you don’t even know you need to ask.
I’ve got my own list of dozens of things I want to share with you.
But if there are specific questions you have or challenges you face in architecture and design, then hit reply and let me know. That way I can produce content directly related to what you need.
I hope this has been helpful. See you next time!!
…Liz at ArchiMash