Archi Sketcher Q&A on Instagram

Archi Sketcher Q&A on Instagram

Our Answers

We’re proud to announce our sixth edition in our series of interviews, and this time, we take the stand to give as much answers as we can. We asked you to ask us questions and here are our take on them.

@dhia_abbane Q: how can a simple student become a big architect
A: depends what you mean by big! We’re just regular architects so we can’t speak on behalf of Frank Gehry for eg. But hard work, excellent communication and most importantly having strong connections are the most important criteria to make it ‘big’

@yannabelonio Q: Tips for thesis making.
A: Lots of research and making informed conclusions. Cross check info and definitely mention your references. Speak to tutors regularly and do not be afraid to approach professionals to seek their knowledge. And then obviously hard work and dedication!

@draugur_ulv Q: how much work is usually done by hand and how much on a computer?also how much field work does it require? Or are you guys basically locked up in the office?
A: Depends the size of studio. In smaller studios you tend to do everything, in larger firms you’ll be specializing in something eg. 3D model, technical etc and you’ll gradually learn more as you work your way up. You can’t compare the two. Small firms = smaller projects. Big studios = massive projects, bigger coordination, more specialization required. Quick Ideas mostly done by sketching but most graduates uses CAD instead. When it comes to producing drawings for reviews or construction, it’s totally computer!

@tiaan.brooks Q: Why still use autocad when you can use revit.
A: Different studios use different softwares – Microstation, vector works etc. Sometimes it’s project based and sometimes contractor based. Believe it or not there are strengths to both. Though revit has bigger advantages as its smarter but some ‘smart’ features doesn’t work all the time and some cuts need to be done manually etc. but yes, Revit will become standard. Microstation is an even more powerful tool though 😉

@agustin_poch Q: Do you think parametricism and organic architecture is the future?
A: the future of architecture is in the hands of the end user and client in some way. We build for the end users need and requirement. Organic architecture maybe more in trend, just like contemporary art is but it needs to satisfy multiple criteria. For instance, curvature may work nicely as a form but does it really work for a functional family home? What about super space constraints cities like Tokyo? Cost comes into play too. But parametricism goes far beyond that. It is part of an evolution in construction and structural methods. It forces human to think beyond boundaries whilst pushing thinking and methodology forward

@ghovarial Q: is it possible that interior design bachelor degree can continue their study to architecture?
A: I’m assuming this is university/location/country based. But normally it’s the other way round. Architecture students can go much easier into interior. You’ll learn so much more in architectural degree – reason why architectural course is one of the longest in education! You’ll learn about history, structure, construction methods, and you’ll also design not just the interiors of the buildings but also the facade, the landscaping and how to build the whole building! But just in case we understood you wrongly please check with your school. Again different schools might have a different way of structuring their courses.

@marjetagj Q: Any tips for a first year architect?
A: Just enjoy the course! It’s a long journey ahead. Learn more / try finding out about your favourite buildings / architects. Ask your tutors lots of questions and let your imagination guide your design. Start sketching more often 😉

@nada.shahwan Q: what is the best rendering software?
A: Difficult question to ask an architect, you may well find the answers from visualizers! Each person have their own favourite programmes depending on their budget, time to learn, level of precision needed, atmosphere required etc. Most architects uses 3DS Max because of its powerful controls and capabilities. But it’s also harder to master! Maxwell is great too with simpler feature but able to achieve atmospheric renders much easier. Though rendering time is a lot longer!

@asnwlr Q: How to motivate yourself when you lost your soul? I mean, like you’re overthinking something, then you can’t think about any idea for your design and you lost your focus, even you lost the spirit. And even worse, the pressure is people around you seems being so good and productive those days.
A: Bad days happens to everyone even architects in the offices! Some people are better at dealing with it than others – some doesn’t show it or even doesn’t care. Don’t let other people’s outcome affect yourself. It’s truly not the end of the world. There are multiple ways of dealing with this.
1 – seek help from your friends but ideally your tutor.
2 – take a break from it briefly and do things you enjoy that takes your mind away from it. Exercising or playing sports will help!
3. Try looking at things differently. Maybe change your approach to the way you think.
4. List / write the challenges you’re facing on a piece of paper. Also write down the possible solutions
5. Think positively as best as you can even when you can’t. The mind is the most powerful tool. If you can control your mind you’ll effectively controlling your own destiny.
6. See number 1 – seek help and be open minded. Remember everyone has a bad day / week even us ArchiSketcher! The key is to control it and let it be known to your closest people. All the best and if you need any further clarification just let us know!

@dean_simson Q: Any tips for people who want to become an architect and why did you choose to become an architect? 

A: Tips – 1. try identifying your favourite buildings or places or even favourite elements of a building etc and learn more about it. Get to know the architect behind it. There’s a story behind every design and who knows it might inspire you
2. Think the kind of changes or improvements you would like to make for yourself and your society. Or the impact you could’ve done should you become an architect
3. Learn architectural history and the different architects that has made an impact in the field
4. Most importantly, once you learn about it try visiting your favourite buildings and see how the buildings responds to its environment and whether the end user liked it etc.
Why we chose architecture – consequence of all of the above and the fact it is the coolest job title in the world and everyone in the meeting room will listen to your opinions 😉

@fizartec_x Q: How do you manage your time to design and model?
A: the answer is in your question – time management! We work with deadlines given by clients and we a schedule in place. Through this schedule we’ll fit in times for designing, modeling, reviews etc. But you’ll manage this better the more experienced you get – experienced in designing, modeling and forecasting the time it takes for reviews etc. People can design all day or modeling all day. But with experience they’ll know when to stop. Also managing expectations is crucial especially with your managers. Be frank about how long it takes to complete task and always communicate with all members of your team!

@khalidahmedkhan98 Q: Am totally confused either to do architecture or engineering!
A: Seek help or more explanation from your tutors or advisors. Try understanding the difference between architecture. Architecture has a broader field that covers most things in creating a building. An architect is always the leading consultant in the meeting room. It is under the suggestion of an architect that projects becomes real buildings. Engineering is more specialized field. It covers more of the construction, technical aspects of buildings. I suggest you seek clarification from your chosen university. Each university has different ways of structuring their courses.

@jake_proscia As a student who has graduated without a degree in architecture, but wants to get into the field, do you think the best way to become an architect would be to go back to school for a degree, or learn software like autocad on my own and through some additional classes and then attempt to apply for positions?
A: An architect is a professional term for which the person has gone through years of architectural education and most likely gained professional accreditation after some years of practice. There’s no way round this. However if your intention is to just build a building, you don’t necessarily need to become an architect. Smaller homes for instance are sometimes designed by designers or even contractors. But having that architectural knowledge will enable you to create a better well designed home that meets or exceed standards. Architecture is way more than building something. It’s understanding history, construction methods, technical aspects, local laws, different ways of solving problems and ways of managing projects with clients, consultants, manufacturers etc. Architects lead the team in any building project. It’s arguably the most important voice. To design big projects then having architectural education is very important. But to become a designer you could go ahead and learn CAD and take additional classes – your scope however will be more limited compared to an architect. I suggest you look for more advice with your tutors or university or even any architects you know. Each geographical area is different and I’m talking within the UK context. 
Having said that it’s never too late to study again. I suggest you learn a bit more about architecture before you make the jump. Having a well informed conversation with a professional near you is the best thing. Who knows where your passion lies. All the best!

@the.ardist Q: Best sketchbook

A: the one you could afford, where the ink flows nicely and having the right size to fit in all of the information you have. A book that has history or is good looking and hard wearing are added bonus. But we prefer moleskines;)

@raniaafkari Q: How to develop creativity? @tomotato Q: I am an architecture student and in 2nd sem for diploma. I am struggling with design – can you give some tips on how to improve on it? How to come up with a design concept?
A: Like everything in life, you’ll learn something by learning from others and doing things by yourself and allowing yourself making calculated risks. For this I recommend you reading books about your favourite architect and read how they approach design. Then test out their thinking to your own projects and with experience and time you’ll develop your creativity.

@archbashier Q: What is the major difference between architect and interior designer in terms of work capabilities and scope of work when it comes to interior conceptual design phase?
A: we’re not sure what applies to interior designer, but we can tell you in a major building project where the architect is the lead consultant, the architect oversees the project including what happens with the interior. The architect will work with the interior designer to make sure that the interior design respond well with the architectural features already being set up. The interior designer will have to work around this and may have to come up with options if there’s no agreement being made with the architect. The architect may recommend the use of certain furnitures where he/she feels fit. The interior designers scope depends on the contract of work and this is project based – ie whether they’re hired by the architects or the client themselves.

@londhemanali Q: which are the good places to do M.Arch? @dubemnwabufo Q: Best country to get your M.Arch
A: Depends on your budget, what you wanted to achieve, and how that uni can cater to your goals. Every uni has a unique way of structuring their courses. Some are more technical than others. Some are more conceptual too. Some responds better to sustainability and some just cater for a specific field of study. It’s very hard to answer this – it’s like saying which country has the best food! Having said that since we’re UK based and we’ve done this ourselves, we would proudly say the UK has some of the best MA courses. The USA has some magnificent courses too with a much higher tuition fee!

@jesssicalouise_ Q: Do you believe that students that don’t go to the best of the best architecture schools can still achieve it?

Yes definitely. Going to a good school will help in your initial job application but architecture itself is such a long process and what you’ll learn in school is just a tiny amount! A lot of it doesn’t become relevant anyway. It’s all about what you do during your career that determines whether you’ll make it ‘big’ or not. And there’s many underlying factors that contribute to this including your experience, your connections but most importantly your determination to succeed.


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February 13, 2017