Manual drafting, digital drafting, drawing, sketching, playing around, thinking, conceptualizing, analyzing, researching, drinking coffee/tea,
sleeping, balancing, time management, defending your work, learning, sharing, consulting, individual work, group work, deconstructing, abstracting and all the -ings that you can think of, even dancing, just to wake up or singing instead of cursing when my laptop hangs. It’s not just thinking of ideas, it’s more on producing ideas and making it happen by carefully planning it and sticking to your concepts. If our ideas come to life and seeing it’s really possible to build it, would be the best thing ever, isn’t it?
If I had a great idea, it feels great to share it to people, to my classmates, mentors and jurors. And we all know that it feels much greater when we share it to the whole world. Yes? Being passionate about architecture, that is what’s making me stay. Those designs of museums I’m ready to pull a 6-week straight no sleep for the sake of art. I always wanted to design a home for paintings, sculptures, installations or even those gowns designed by Balenciaga, which we all call it an “art gallery” or a “museum”. The feeling of getting ready to bring it on all or nothing to a design competition then presenting and defending it to a panel of famous architects/jurors in front of you. The thought of contributing to our country is the reason I’m still here in this program. The idea of designing a beautiful house for a beautiful family that they deserve to call “home” is why I’m still studying my butt off. I feel like this is the part where I say “I am saving the world, one structure at a time.” line. I’d like to say that in the near future in a local or maybe international interview!
As a junior architecture student, I’ve noticed how we all take it step by step. We all have this different process and different approach, which makes us all unique and come up with different ideas and forms, designs and concept. But it’s not just about coming up with a concept and do your thing, it’s also about respect. Respecting your clients and the site. I learned that it’s really important to learn about your client and what they need and what they want. Balancing it out. And researching your site and it’s surroundings. We need to respect the surroundings and the nature. And it’s also about development and how to apply your concepts to your structure, like through spaces, materials and design elements.
I’ve been under different professors, they were all great and I’ve learned a lot from them. They all have different approaches and different styles. It’s like going to a trip to different places whenever I go to the next arcdes, it’s like a different culture, another different experience. Those experiences influenced half of how I design, how I do my diagrams, where do I focus, etc. But surely it will change, I’m almost half way to ArcDes10, my peers, professors and other things can still shape me til I’m ready.
Most of the time, I get frustrated. I want to come up with a new design solution through different materials that others haven’t explored yet. Experimenting on hand with materials is a must for me, so I could see it in front of me it will work and so I can show it to other people too for proof. I want to give the people a new feel. Overwhelming but still safe. Loud & quiet. Static & dynamic. I always give my best to come up with a really promising and solid design solution. It always start with one meaningful structure. Like I said, Saving the world, one structure at a time. I believe that a great design solution leads to a better community. A better community leads to better city. A better city leads to a better nation. And a better nation leads to a better world.
I like the idea of the brise-soleil, it serves two purposes. Aesthetics and function. It provides effective control of solar heat gain, light and glare and at the same time it’s really eye-catching. When I design, there will always be a reason behind it. It’s not I designed it like that because it looks pretty in that angle or just because they said purple doors are in & glass doors are out or just because they said curves are the new edges!
Architecture is not just a profession. Architecture is a passion. It is more than just planning, designing, and building. It is an art that remains eager to withstand the test of time and leave behind a legacy. There will always be a constant battle between nature and architecture. But, architecture is an innovation, a method of prevention, and the solution to all the problems encountered in the past, problems that are presently being faced, and problems that the future may bring. Mother Nature is smart, but architecture will always find ways to outsmart her.9 months ago on 25 May 2013 at 8:36am