10 interesting things they never taught us in architecture school.

Architecture is one of the most interesting courses or professions to consider while making a decision on a career path. It is a profession of designing, planning, drawing, construction and supervision of construction works. In addition to drawing of building plans and construction supervision, they also include design or selection of

furnishings and decorations, remodeling of existing buildings and constructions.

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Anyone about to embark on an architectural education knows one thing for certain – it’ll be at least seven years before you can even call yourself an architect. Surely there must be something someone can tell you about what it’s like to actually be an architect, right?

With this in mind, I thought I’d do a little inside digging on behalf of all you future architects. Ahead, discover things they never taught us in architecture school– beyond the school prospectuses.

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1. Frank Lloyd wright’s son invented Lincoln logs.

lincoln logs

Not all iconic Lloyd Wright designs can be attributed to Frank. Lincoln Logs were the brainchild of John Lloyd Wright, son of the legendary architect. An architect in his own right, John was inspired by the interlocking beams of the foundation below Lloyd Wright Senior’s Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.

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2.  Architecture Was Once an Olympic Sport.

 Architecture Was Once an Olympic Sport.

During the first four decades of the modern Olympic Games, 151 medals were awarded for music, painting, sculpture, literature, and architecture. Architecture was considered one of the categories deserving a medal.

3.It’s Unlikely You Will Be Rich

This is the really bad news: despite all your dreams of becoming some wealthy, well-known architect—it is unlikely that either of those scenarios will come to fruition. An architect salary does not usually result in wealth.The median annual wage in 2013 was $74, 110 USD, with the top 10% earning $119,370 USD annually, and the bottom 10% earning $44, 930 USD annually. As you can see, you will certainly not be poor, but you won’t be wealthy either—especially if you have four years of hefty student loans to pay off.

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4. Data back-up is as important as health.

It is very crucial to have a good back-up for every data used in architecture including the sketch drawn on a piece of paper.

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5. Le Corbusier never had formal academic education in architecture.

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris
Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris

He taught himself by reading books, visiting museums, and sketching buildings. He told the BBC in 1951 “I am anti-school. I am going to confess to you that I left school at 13 because schools were very mean in the past, they were no fun.”

6. Success Is as Much about Your Presentation Skills as It Is about Your Project.

Presentation Skills

This isn’t to say that the quality of your work is unimportant, but if you can’t effectively communicate your vision to your professors and peers then you’re going to struggle to make it to the top of your class. Oh and heads up, presentation skills also includes how you choose to present yourself.

7. One of the Leaders of the 9/11 World Trade Center Attack Was an Architect

Mohammed Atta, who crashed the first plane into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, had degrees in architecture and urban planning. He considered the construction of high-rises in Cairo and other ancient Middle Eastern cities a shameless embrace of the West that would destroy their character.

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8. In architecture, it’s a long road to success

In architecture, it’s a long road to success

Unlike premiership footballers, rock musicians and reality television show contestants, few architects can achieve a high profile in the early part of their careers.

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9. “The Sims” Was Originally Designed as an Architecture Simulator

"The Sims" Was Originally Designed as an Architecture Simulator

The Sims, which debuted in 2000, is one of the most popular video games around. But before it became a life simulator, the original concept had the game working more like SimCity: players would design a house, and autonomous characters would test the design’s success.

10. Architecture doesn’t exist in a vacuum

‘As an architect you are living in the world of ideas. You need to

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understand the people; the places; the city’ – Simon Allford

What are your thoughts, is there anything they should have taught but didn’t in architecture school? Is there anything we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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