As architect students we all need to stop taking ourselves too seriously, take a break… spending 70 hours in the studio per week may sound like a great and noble way of finishing a model or drawing. In reality, 40 of those hours are spent singing along to radio 1 (in sync with you fellow student adjacent to your desk), 10 hours spent receiving and drinking hot beverages and only 20 of those hours actually being productive. It may seem romantic, but inspiration and motivation is not a flash of lighting on a clear day and most certainly not found sitting in the studio. In the words of Chuck Close, “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” Things happen when you start doing, get a sketch-roll and just go for it and stop thinking and just doodle (guarantee something will happen).
Or just talk to someone. If you need perspective, go look for it they’ll always be someone older and wiser who you can bug. We have learnt over the last 18 months that you learn more from the people in your class than from your tutors. Everyone has their own talent (Meggan can do the worm, Eilish can fake cry at the drop of a hat – watch out architecture world, we’re coming!), but seriously some are better at sketching, others at conceptual ideas and others at presentation – they can all help.
Always ask for help, and always help someone when they ask. When you are the one needing help, you’ll be pleased when someone takes off their headphones to listen to you – they could save you hours of frustration (and tears on Eilish’s part) with just one conversation.