Architecture School can be a lonely place at times despite being surround by your friends and colleagues. I know from personal experience that at times, it easy to question your drive, dedication, talent, or ability. Maybe you shouldn’t be in architecture school … you don’t have what it takes. You spend a million hours in design studio learning new skills and techniques – always looking for that great idea – something that will help guide you through your design problem and leave you feeling good about the end result …
and it doesn’t ever come.
Every now and then I get an email or a comment that makes me think I need to write a post on the subject. It used to happen far more frequently but since I’ve been at this blog thing for a while, I think I’ve hit all the typical questions in some form or fashion. Earlier this week, I had an exchange with an architecture student that was both happy and sad at the same time. This persons situation and comment wasn’t entirely unique, many people have emailed me asking for advice on finding their place in the world of architecture, but for some reason this one struck me slightly different from the others.
I have inserted a screen grab of the original comment exchange below:
There are few architects that haven’t had moments of insecurity, where they questioned their abilities, or even if after practicing architecture for a while, didn’t wonder if they didn’t make a wrong decision somewhere along the line. I don’t really think this experience is unique to architects but that doesn’t mean we don’t grab and hold on to it as our own.
It is fairly well documented on this site that I knew I wanted to be an architect from the age of 5. When I finally made it to architecture school, I quickly realized that I wasn’t as great as I thought I was. I looked at the work the geniuses around me were creating and had a fairly sizable panic attack when it dawned on my that all I ever wanted to be was an architect and I was terrible at it. (You can read more about that moment in the post ‘ Do you want to be an Architect? The College Years‘)
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