Architecture School: What’s It Like?

Students can earn an undergraduate degree in architecture, or go on to study architecture at the masters level and beyond for a deeper understanding of the history, theory and practice of architecture. Here’s a link to the best US architecture schools compiled by Arch Daily Magazine. 

OK, but what’s it really like? And what’s the most important thing you’ll learn there? Here are answers from graduates:

….The hours are crazy, but the work is rewarding and you’ll form a “family” with your classmates.

….You’ll get a chance to develop your creativity…and learn about technical drafting.

….Four or five years with like-minded people, the relationships you develop there are very strong.

….You learn software in drafting class, and digital programs.

….They don’t teach you about real-world constraints or how to manage your time.

There are a lot of fun and worthwhile design competitions you can enter while in architecture school to get your creativity flowing. One example is the Solar Decathlon by the U.S. Department of Energy, which challenges student teams to push the envelope in designing efficient, innovative buildings that run on renewable energy.

Washington University students recently focused on the concept, design and construction of a house so it could be deconstructed and then reconstructed in a different state.[on a different site?  in a different configuration?]I DON’T KNOW. ROSE CAN YOU PASS BY THAT HOK PERSON? Will do. The “CRETE House,” is a 995-square-foot home featuring six large precast concrete wall panels, precast concrete floor and roof. Students sought durability, resilience to extreme weather events, and sustainability--precast’s high thermal mass eliminates the need for a traditional HVAC system, featuring instead water coils in the precast panels for heating and cooling. And at Crete House, a water collection system and modular planters enable hydroponic gardening.

Links to schools, programs available

Here’s a link to the best US architecture schools compiled by Arch Daily Magazine  TIP:  Having a mentor is a really valuable asset…seek out a mentor you respect whether you’re in school, or on the job.