Tips for Success in Architecture School


The fact of the matter is that surviving architecture school is difficult and requires dedication, preference and endurance. However being successful in completing an architectural degree can bring forward many great career possibilities and opportunities. Employers and professional people are often aware of the challenges faced by students of architecture and the diverse skill sets which such a degree allows the individual to develop.

By following these tips it will ensure that you maximise your work efficiency whilst saying as stress free as possible. Both of which are key to having an enjoyable experience while in university. 

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Definitely one of the most important aspects of being able to complete work of a good quality is getting enough sleep. Your body needs sleep to be able to function properly and despite the inevitable couple of sleep deprived nights just before a deadline it is important that you find time for it. A lack of sleep can often make you work slower and generally make you less productive, so it is important to find the correct balance between getting a healthy night’s sleep and working more productively for fewer hours than becoming so sleep deprived that the extra hours worked at a much reduced productivity rate. 


Managing Time 

Managing your time efficiently is of the main factor that can make or break your success in architecture school. The structure of most degree programs mean that you will be working on multiple projects at any one time, all with different deadlines dates and times. Therefore as every architecture students will agree, there will never be enough time to finish any project to its fullest or the depth that you had wanted to achieve. This means that it is extremely important to concentrate on the important aspects of each project and not spend too much time working on small areas which will not contribute to the overall project all that much. Off course if you believe you have enough time to further develop certain finer details and ideas before the deadline this will always play in your favour.    


A good idea for determining the amount of time you should spend on each piece of work is often to look at the percentage weight of each project against the overall degree marks and put aside more time for the more valued projects. A good indication would be if project A holds a mark percentage of 25% and project B 50% it would make sense to spend twice as much time on B than on project A.


Eating Well

As you will know eating provides much needed energy to your body. It is important to make sure that you eat enough calories each day to maintain efficient brain functionality and general wellbeing.  Mal nutrition cause by not eating enough can often compromise your immune system making you more susceptible to illness. Believe me that the last thing you need in the week approaching a major deadline is the flu. 


Computers and Digital Files 

Architecture students of the 21st century often spend large amounts of time on computer graphics and modelling programs. The majority of these programs require a large amount of RAM memory and often produce large working files. Therefore it is important to try and buy or have access to the fastest computer that you can afford or use. This will significantly reduce time waiting for files to load and will generally make programs work much quicker and efficiently.

One aspect I cannot stress enough about saving work digitally is creating backup files. Computers occasionally have files which get damaged or corrupted and will not allow you to access them. This can often be completely out of your control and when this happens to files you have spent multiple hours or days working on, it can leave you pulling your hair out. I would strongly suggest protecting yourself from these occurrences by either buying an external hard drive to copy all your important files onto or to upload them onto one of the many available online backup systems. It is important to set up a time scale so that you remember to backup all important files at frequent intervals.