I decided to not do a play-by-play “this is what happened to me” entry, because I don’t think I can manage one. Basically though, my 2nd year of Architecture is almost over. Alhamdulillah, results are better than my first year’s, despite the fact that I hated my design for both projects this year and had some barely-pass marks for several assignments. It seemed like the “other stuff” (eg. computer modelling project, essay [?!?!]) saved my average mark.
This entry would likely be an extension of a few of the points in Truth be told…. I’ll stick in random photos and videos in case you need a distraction from all the text.
Architecture and I
I’ll start with something I mentioned: my weakness in design subjects and strength in the other modules. Although it is the nature of Design, that even if you put in a lot of effort, if the result is not good; it’s not good. Your time and effort don’t really matter if your idea or its execution isn’t pulled off well. And it is NOT something you can study and brush up on or “learn”, in the strict sense of the word. I’ve started to feel like this is not my niche, not what I am meant to do. The design process and the time frame and the insane amount of work you’re expected to produce in the amount of time (nearing the end of projects) — are all not for me. It is probably premature for me to say I-don’t-want-to-be-an-architect, but I will say I-don’t-want-to-be-an-architect-for-all-my-life. (I am on a bond, I am meant to be an architect after I graduate. )
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