So to my students and all students of architecture school…consider yourself lucky that you are still in school. If you were out of school and practicing architecture…
- You could draw with any pencils you like…even clicker pencils (sorry inside joke).
- You could draw on both sides of your sketchbook pages…in pen!
- You’d be fired for showing up to work as late as you show up to studio.
- You’d have to shower…daily.
- You could finally give up that nocturnal roommate with an affinity for ramen noodles and renting independent movies on Netflix.
- They wouldn’t let you stream movies on your computer as you worked.
- You have an income, albeit meager. What would you do with that? (see next item)
- You’d have to start paying back your student loans.
- You wouldn’t get to design buildings the way you want…ever.
- Your office would be air conditioned, and you’d feel guilty for using energy foolishly.
- You’d have to explain to your client why she has an all glass office, even the roof and floor.
- Your clients wouldn’t be your professors and they wouldn’t care about a ‘parti’, Norman Foster or the way your building is metaphor for the injustices of life.
- Your buildings would be expected to obey the laws of gravity, keep water out and be reasonably close to the budget.
- You’d have to throw out your lunch left-overs before they became a tower of stinky Styrofoam boxes.
- They frown upon it when you sleep under your desk (or at your desk for that matter).
- You wouldn’t have to attend that class you always fall asleep in, but you would have to go to meetings (and keep awake).
- You’d actually have to finally work out that bathroom plan to work and be accessible (for real).
- You’d have to review shop drawings.
- You could be sued…for something your engineers did wrong.
- And lastly, you’d be doing all CAD/BIM all day, all of the time until your eyes crossed permanently.
Feel free to add to the list. We’ll publish another one if the response is good.