Viewer Question: Which skills and books will prepare me for architecture school?

42 thoughts on “Viewer Question: Which skills and books will prepare me for architecture school?

  1. Thank you very much…Would you please make vedio on composition in architecture for the begining learners

  2. I asked the same thing to you! And only now I realized that you already had made a video about it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks a lot.

  3. If the majority of architecture students don't become architects what do they turn to? Where do they end up career wise? Also, at what point did you know you wanted to be an architect? What process / events / experiences / people lead you to this decision? I am a junior in high school and I am wondering because I am considering architecture as a career choice. Thanks!

  4. Wow! This is very useful and informative video for all aspiring architecture students and architectural practitioner in the future like me! Thank you very much Sir! Great youtube content as always!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘ท

  5. I really enjoyed the video, I believe it will help a lot. I couldn't help noticing that you said that not everyone goes into architecture but do have the degree. So, my question is what kind of job can you get with an architect degree that's not architecture?

  6. Your such a inspirational person i never see in youtube. Someday i will be an architect to like you ๐Ÿ˜ i hope so.

  7. Awesome video! This is amazing! But I canโ€™t public speak, I get too shy. Also do you know any good books to start learning?

  8. Can u make a video on how much an architect makes?…..
    Plz… I have got stuck between architecture & civil and structural engineering…..

  9. Hello, I'm an Architecture student ,I love architecture but in my country the architecture is not developed at all, I'm thinking to study it in another country ,so what should I do to have a place with a good architecture student?
    Thank you so much for your videos
    (renna from Algeria)

  10. Amazing thank you so much for all these videos … I am 17 years old and I am preparing for the greek ""All over the country type of "" exams that was have here and I hope to joing the school amazing so inspiring job in your videos

  11. Sir I am 18 years old and I am going to pursue my professional career in arcitecture .I am from Pakistan.I need a little help about what I should practice before hand because these books are not available here

  12. Eric, I've come to appreciate and enjoy the messages which you are sharing with the world as well as the your mastery of the medium through which you are doing so. I'm hoping that you'll find it ok for me to leave a message for the young candidates to our industry here. Hopefully, in the end, my comment will be found as additive material and helpful to anyone who takes the time to peruse the comments section. I'll be as concise as possible.

    A brief background of myself. I've been working towards being able to call myself an Architect for 17 years. I am currently one application and fee payment from achieving that. I was one of those students that Eric mentioned who did not become an architect.

    Before addressing Eric's points, I want to start with a simple question: Why? Why do you want to be an architect? Is it to create? Is it to build? Is it to draw? Is it to take liability for the lives of every human who occupies the spaces your imagination conceives? Write down your Why and keep this handy while you go through school. Don't be afraid of changing your why, but be sure you focus on your why and not the what. The what is the end product. The money? The building? The title? Those don't sell your product as well as the Why does. The How is the connection between the Why and the What. Take a gander at this video for a better explination: https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action

    Specifically towards Eric's points:

    Learn to tell stories. In architecture, everything you do has to tell a story. Your concept has to tell a story to sell it. Your briefs has to tell the story to support it. Your Construction Documents have to tell the story of how to build it.

    Learn that when someone doesn't like your ideas, that doesn't make it a bad idea. You will be told that "Your Architecture is Wrong" many times in any architecture school… or at least it will come across that way. Learn that when you receive criticism, that is the time to use the problem solving skills that Eric is referring to to develop the idea into something the client (in architecture school, your professor is ALWAYS the client) can have a positive reaction to.

    Don't limit yourself to the tools of a single media. Learn the concept behind creation, not the specifics of how to do it in one tool. If you limit yourself to Sketchup or Rhino (no offense Eric) then you will limit yourself to firms using those tools or yourself to working within the design constraints of those tools. The modeling software is only a tool. While the execution of creating a sphere is different between Sketchup and rhino are different, the reason you create a sphere in both software will remain the same.

    Public Speaking… Eric mentioned it, I want to emphasize it. Take classes, practice it, do it when it's least expected. You'll want to be sure you're good at this when you have to make your public speech after accepting the Pritzker.

    Understand the value of your time and take pride in the time you spend on your craft. You're not just drawing kindergarten diagrams with crayons. You are solving problems that most humans can't even comprehend when faced with them. Invest in increasing the value of your time by sharpening your skills with different media and increasing your knowledge within the field. If you lack a skill, copy the works of others (as a student, not professionally!) and work off of that. Trace others work as Eric mentioned. Develop it into something of your own. Give a speech that someone else gave and develop that. In architecture, we call this Precedence study. It's not because we think you can't have an original idea, it's because even if you don't use anything from the precedence study, you still learn something to add to your repertoire down the road.

    Regarding math + physics response. Keep in mind that there are many different types of architects. There are drawing architects, there are material arachitects, there are math + physics architects (Calatrava). MOST architects don't have to use practical math in their daily practice. However, we all use discrete math every day. Take a look at a few books by Tufte regarding Envisioning Information and The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. If you are a math wiz, let that be the kind of architect you are. If you aren't a math wiz, don't sweat it and be sure you find the area in architecture that you want to define and let that be part of how you practice.

    Finally, visit construction sites. Take pictures. Ask the superintendent why that connection was made that way. Understand how the walls in your home were built and how the roof stays on top of the walls. I find that a lot of "Designer" architects don't like the idea of having young designers understand how buildings work because it "limits their creative ability". My experience with this philosophy is that eventually those young architects are so far out of touch with how buildings are actually constructed that they can't compete with Architects who have obtained the knowledge of how buildings are constructed much earlier in their careers. Remember that Architecture without knowledge of how buildings are constructed is just Art. And buildings without the knowledge of art is just Sculpture.

    Eric, thanks again for sharing this with the young architects of the future. I hope you find that my message resonates with your video as well as your video resonated with me. Have a great day all and best of luck in your path towards architecture!

  13. I'm in an architectural technology program but want to do an architecture degree – and I seriously wish I thought as far ahead as the viewer who asked the question! (when applying for schools)

  14. hi…thank for your smart videos, I need learn about American system, for sample the Neufert is metric system, but in USA I need some general handbook for arquitects in USAS?…thank… victor

  15. Traveling and experiencing architecture is so important in shaping the work of architects… Tadao Ando didn't go to university but travelled the world for 3 years. So did Le Corbusier.

  16. this is what i have been waiting for, thank you for explaining everything in details.
    keep up this channel!

  17. Great video Eric, Casper is a lucky guy to have you as mentor / tutor, and you are a lucky guy to have Casper to inspire this great tutorial. I really enjoy your videos and architecture. Thanks!

  18. your videos are so professional and always have good useful containts …thank you so much sir for your amazing work….

  19. I want to be an architect too and im 17 ,this video is very useful ! Really appreciate your work and these type of videos thanks a lot !!!

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