architecture questions

dizbjosh

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I will be majoring in architecture as a freshamn
and i am just wondering how much of the harddrive i should save to use for bootcamp to install xp.

so if you majored in or currently majoring in architecture
how much space do you guys use up? like all the softwares and projects(?) combined.
is 20-30gb big enough?
 

adrianblaine

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I used Boot Camp for my last semester in Architecture school.

I used Autocad 2005, sketchup, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and some games. Games are what take up most of the space, the other programs aren't more than about 5 GB combined, if that.

With all my project files combined, each semester ended up being roughly 3-5 GB. School's teach architecture differently, so it may vary some. I gave windows almost 60 GB because I wanted to be more safe than sorry.
 

dizbjosh

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thank you for the help

kind of off topic but... how do you like architecture? is it alot of work? i heard you rarely get to sleep
and what kind of jobs do you have?
 

adrianblaine

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I love Architecture, but it is a lot of work. When I first started I would regularly pull all-nighters, but after a few years, I couldn't do it anymore. I discovered that even if I was behind, if I got at least 5 hours of sleep, I usually got just as much done if I had of stayed up all night.

The school I went to taught architecture very differently than most, focusing a lot on traditional architecture and urban design. We did a lot of hand drafting and watercoloring.

Here are some examples of some projects I did: http://www.andrews.edu/~blackbur/

Which school are you going to be going to?

Anyway, right now I'm waiting for a couple job offers. Both places I want to work will focus on urban design and architecture.
 

Genghis Khan

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ahhh an architecture thread

started second semester today

only have windows on my macbook and i'm not sure if i need it at all...vectorworks and archicad seem to be seen as better CAD programs around here

i'll start computer modeling wednesday so i'll be better informed as to what i'll need for that

but basically apart from autoCAD, you can run everything on the mac side...atm my 5Gb windows partition is running XP and all i have on it is frozen thrne and 3gb of empty space waiting for autocad :p
 

dizbjosh

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so you think 15-20gb is plenty?

and im looking forward to architecture
although people around me told me i might become a starving artist..
so i dont know what to think about that
 

adrianblaine

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so you think 15-20gb is plenty?

and im looking forward to architecture
although people around me told me i might become a starving artist..
so i dont know what to think about that
I'd go with at least 20, but you most likely won't need more than that.

There is always the possibility of becoming a starving artist. You'll find out pretty soon if it is something you'll want to stick with.
 

Genghis Khan

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hmm...it is one of the most time consuming courses (medical aside...i don't know what's worse)...but great fun

in class you'll have drawing/modeling/theory
drawing is going to be split between freehand and computers...so expect alot of arty stuff
modelling is always going to be of buildings...most often use boxboard...maybe balsa wood sometimes.........expect to hoade things that you think may come in handy one day for models and hence your room will be a mess...modeling is the most time-consuming part of the course
theory will be what makes people interact well with buildings and the history of architecture

it's alot of work...but if it's what you've chosen...stick at it and it'll be worth it

out of class, architects seem to drink alot...dunno if it's just in melbourne, but architecture faculties drink the most (i have statistical evidence)...tomorrow is the bi-annual faculty architecture appreciation tour...known to students as the pub crawl

as for broken artist...that happens to people who don't like the course that much, don't do well...and end up designing house extensions for council housing

the key to architecture is that you have to love it...if you don't, go study commerce or arts until you know what you want to do
 

skd

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being an architect

having been a architect for 30 years, i would offer these comments.....
-in order to succeed you must have to have a passion for architecture
-you can't be motivated by money
-take as many business classes as you can

through out my life I've made a lot more money buying, remodeling, and selling houses that I've lived in than I ever made from my architectural practice. so, being an architect is only a part of a sucessful life. but, it is very satisfying and brings great balance to my life.

cheers
 

dizbjosh

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do i have to be good at drawing?
and why do i need to take alot of business classes?
 

skd

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architecture as a business

do i have to be good at drawing?

you should be able to sketch your ideas, and that is a talent that can be achieved thru practice.

and why do i need to take a lot of business classes?

architecture is a business - and the more time you spend practicing architecture the more time you'll spend on the business aspects of the practice. especially if you have your own business.
 

Kamera RAWr

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What are the possiblities of being able to work abroad as an Architect? One of the things I have always kept in my mind is that when I do a course of study.. I'd like to learn a skill that can apply anywhere so I can find a job anywhere :)
 

arkitect

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What are the possiblities of being able to work abroad as an Architect?
I have worked in Hong Kong, Singapore, UK, South Africa (even Seychelles for a couple months)… so yes, you can get around if that is what you want. :)

To the guys considering studying Architecture… is this just on a whim? Do you actually care about buildings? Do you want to design buildings as opposed to say… industrial design?
The attrition rate is pretty high. My class way back in 1981 started with more than 60 students. I think 8 of us finally graduated. A lot of people drop out. You really do have to "live" it. If you drive through the campus at night and you see a brightly lit building on a Saturday night it is a good chance it will be the Architecture department. :D :eek: But the "studio" atmosphere is great.
 

Kamera RAWr

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Well, I've always appreciated great architecture. I like the creativity. Personally I've always liked the idea of taking history, culture, language, landscape, etc. and using it to influence a piece of architecture :D. Not sure how often architects get to do that, though.
 

arkitect

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I've always liked the idea of taking history, culture, language, landscape, etc. and using it to influence a piece of architecture :D. Not sure how often architects get to do that, though.
If you look at what gets built these days… then the answer is: never. ;):p

But I am just being cynical. "Gift-wrapping" too many shopping centres does that… :(
 

Genghis Khan

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1) u do need to have an aptitude for drawing but you'll gain skill in the time you spend in the course
2) architecture as a private business is a possibility, but u can always work for a corporation, but alot of architects choose to branch out on their own after a few years of this...
basically...your careers path choices will be to give you bigger and bigger budgets so that you may build spectacular buildings


and the great thing about architecture is that you can go anywhere in the world with your talent...anywhere
 

skd

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from an hero of mine, the brilliant (and perhaps half-insane) German filmmaker Werner Herzog.

“It’s not the world’s fault that you want to be an artist (designer)…now get back to work.” Always, at the end of the day, the important thing is only and always that: Get back to work. This is a path for the courageous and the faithful. You must find another reason to work, other than the desire for success or recognition. It must come from another place.

Architecture is a wonderful professional if its pursued for the right reasons.

cheers
 

plumbingandtech

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I love Architecture, but it is a lot of work. When I first started I would regularly pull all-nighters, but after a few years, I couldn't do it anymore. I discovered that even if I was behind, if I got at least 5 hours of sleep, I usually got just as much done if I had of stayed up all night.

The school I went to taught architecture very differently than most, focusing a lot on traditional architecture and urban design. We did a lot of hand drafting and watercoloring.

Here are some examples of some projects I did: http://www.andrews.edu/~blackbur/

Which school are you going to be going to?

Anyway, right now I'm waiting for a couple job offers. Both places I want to work will focus on urban design and architecture.
Very nice work. Beautiful sketches.