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Arch Diaries – One

I’m going to begin a series where every little bit I recap what I’ve done over the past while in my grad studies as an architecture student. It’s going to be not so formal and probably contain not-so-great photos taken with my iPhone.

So here it goes. This month has been extremely hectic. I was sick for two weeks (missed two weeks worth of classes), and I had to keep up with the work. Architecture school moves by really fast, and if you fall behind one week you’re way too far behind. A lot is involved in an assignment. Most of the time I have to have four hand drafted drawings, diagrams, models, and design statements all done for the same assignment.

Hand Drafting

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This has got to be my most favorite part (ONLY when I have all the dimensions I need). It is time consuming as everything is drawn to scale (whatever that may be), but the end results always make me happy. It’s basically AutoCAD by hand. This is how all blueprints used to be done back in the day.

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One thing I love most about hand drafting is sharpening lead holders! Hah! Lead holders are pencils that hold lead in place. The lead used in these mechanical pencils is thicker then normal mechanical pencils. They’re sharpened with a special sharpener…and yeah. That’s all.

Model Making

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By far the most time consuming and messy thing I’ve ever had to do for school! I went through years of undergrad in engineering and I sometimes look back on it and wish I was still writing up a design report. But seriously, other than the time consuming aspect of model making, it’s pretty awesome. You get to take a 2D drawing and turn it into something three dimensional. It’s turning drawings into models. They’re teeny tiny versions of what a life size real structure would look like. It helps architects understand ideas, and it helps viewers understand what the two dimensional drawing would look like if it were built.


For study models (models you make to examine and study ideas/concepts) I found that using Lego really helps! You spend more time thinking about how spaces can take form and less time on actually cutting/gluing/measuring. If you’re going into architecture, or in architecture already (or just love playing with Lego as I do…) then seriously consider investing in it.

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OH! For those interested in architecture/reading (or any other type of reading) I recommend checking out issuu. They have portfolio examples on there and even full architectural books for free viewing!

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