The 7 DEADLIEST Mistakes Architecture Students Make & How to Avoid Them – Architecture Student Problems

These are 7 of the worst mistakes architecture students make in architecture school.

Don’t be afraid, you can avoid these architecture student problems – let’s learn how.

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The 7 DEADLIEST Mistakes Architecture Students Make

1. Putting things off/procrastination.

Architecture students think they have plenty of time to work on approaching deadlines. But, as you might have learnt already, TIME FLIES BY. 1 month until your final project is due? The next thing you know, you’ve got 1 week left. Time is precious and the earlier you start, the sooner you can finish and the better quality work you can produce.

2. Not planning.

Living in the moment and not planning. We like to attend to problems and deadlines as they come at us. Instead, grab yourself a planner and create a daily schedule for yourself. Organise your time and plan ahead to give yourself some structure to your semester.

3. Not trying new things.

Getting stuck using 1 software, sticking with model making or 1 style of drawing. A BIG mistake I see architecture students make is getting stuck on old ways. Architecture school is the perfect time to be naive and try new things. It’s expected you aren’t perfect, and you make mistakes. Why not jump in with 2 feet and try something new with every project?

4. Not learning outside their Uni course.

Everyone learns the same thing at Uni. It’s what you learn in your own time that gives you an edge. Watch youtube videos, listen to podcasts, complete online courses and gain some skills that make you valuable in the industry.

5. Not setting your own deadlines.

Architecture school can be overwhelming. It gets overwhelming when you look at your projects as ONE BIG SUBMISSION. Instead, break your submissions down into smaller tasks and create for yourself individual deadlines for each smaller task.

6. Messiness.

Messy files, messy room, messy actions lead to messy results. If your files are messy, your desktop is messy, your room is messy, your thoughts are going to be messy. It’s extremely hard to focus when you have distractions around you, and an untidy workspace causes mental clutter that makes it that much more difficult. Keep your room tidy, keep your files tidy, keep your mind tidy.

7. Unclear vision of the future.

You need to define a vision of the future. To have something to aim for.

Consider trying to hit a bullseye on a dart board. It’s already a difficult task as it requires focus, accuracy and precision.

Now imagine trying to do it blindfolded. There’s no way you’re going to consistently hit the bullseye! Even if you do, you wouldn’t have any way of knowing.

Your goals for the future, being successful and being an architect, are no different. If you haven’t clearly defined your goals and where you see yourself in 5, 10, 20 years, it’s no different than aiming at a dart board with your eyes blindfolded.

Take some time to plan out your future and use your creative mind to envision what that looks like to you.

You’ll have a clear vision of what you’re aiming for and you’ll be able to consistently work towards it, one small adjustment at a time.

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