Architectural Education
Architectural education effect upon mental behaviour
I am conducting a research about such an effect upon architectural students and how did that changed their everyday life ... so i was hoping to find some help and get to know your different opinions .. Thanks
Aya Mourad
Architectural education effect upon mental behaviour
This is excellent quest, aya.
I will share what i think
Architectural education does a dramatic change which is slow and steady.
It may be looked upon like a content of one's experience in one common backdrop.
One primary and most important thing which everyone shares is that architectural education enables us to think spatially and fundamentally boiling things down to their conceptual skeleton.
The understanding which Edward de bono projects that is of Lateral thinking and Vertical Thinking.
In whatever human faculty and capacity an architect is working his education is an constant reference and an echo of experiences which bounces back.
It does an unconditioning of an conditioned mind, which unfolds tremendous possibility of understanding everything whatever everybody had learnt starting from scratch. In the process one learns to document and understand the structure and network of thought processes.
Simultaneously understanding one's grasping pattern.
When it comes to literature, drama, music,science, technology, poetry, theater among the multitude of tastes one is able to find a structure in congruence with ones understanding.
Change in ones life can be seen as it ceases the singularity of growth and opens new possibilities of multiple growth in sought environments..

Akshay Anand
Architectural education effect upon mental behaviour
thank you so much Akshay, you helped me set up things clear, well, i was wondering also, how could this academic life or educational cycle could affect us -you- psychologically. I mean what further type of change that could have happened and showed mostly on one's behavior and mental attitude. Thanks anyway..
Aya Mourad
Architectural education effect upon mental behaviour
Studying Architecture grounds a paradigm shift in mental perception and psychological amendment to anyone who decides to go through this amazing spiral exploration. It is not that matter of opening the doors to new worlds of thoughts, imagination, creativity and awareness but it carves wide gates in the brain to a multidisciplinary global spaces and fields. It rubs the mental rustiness to shiny thoughts and admirations to the environment. Architectural studies forms personality shapes psychological behavior, adjust emotional flash and explode internal hidden treasures in human abilities.
Marwa Dabaieh
Architectural education effect upon mental behaviour
dear Aya:

Please also check education, teaching and learning from non-architectural sources, ...

then, you will be able to set some key aspects, ...
then you will be able to design a questionnaire for the freshman and the seniors ...
another one for a non-architect and an architect ...

Good luck
Heba Safey Eldeen
Architectural education effect upon mental behaviour
if you have a facebook account have a look at this group,
you'll have many answers for sure :)

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Alia Himmat
Architectural education effect upon mental behaviour
just some comments to give you an idea

....the day has 2 sunrises.

...a break consists of moving your car. start to critique a radio selection's selection of songs. strangle your roommate because she said she stayed up late studying bring your friends to studio to keep you company. test which glue will cause your model to burn faster.

...upon hearing 'supermodel', you think of a nicely crafted-foam core model.

...your parents have more of a social life than you.

...your 14-year-old brother has more of a social life than you. consider using broccoli for your models

...when you tell people you major in "architorture"

...when Pink Floyd lyrics actually make sense

...when a 102 degree fever or strep throat is to you no excuse to miss a crit
Alia Himmat
Architectural education effect upon mental behaviour
Aya, When I joined my degree course in Architecture, I did so in the belief that as an "arts course" I would be allowed to be creative and even encouraged to be creative, but the reverse was the case, because the tutors all had their own subjective views and one could either become a tutor`s pet by following blindly or try for one`s own creativity.

Quite a few of my fellow students hated this so-called "architectural education" and could not wait to get out in the real world, where they could express themselves freely.

What I got out of "architectural education" was the opportunity to try and express myself creatively, so I learnt in spite of being fed a diet of nihilistic negativity by my tutors. :)
Frank John Snelling
Architectural education effect upon mental behaviour
Hi Aya

Very good thought--i agree to Frank John Snelling though we say architecture is about divergent thinking --but its all about teachers thinking ---in my opinion you can do this with respect to a particular institute and their teaching learning style and effect of that on mental behavior
Vaibhavi Agrawal
Architectural education effect upon mental behaviour
Vaibhavi, when my tutors (never say teachers, much too low class for them) said anything it was usually negative and designed to limit thought as though by making the students cringe would help them to be the same way as a dog which is beaten and thereafter cringes and "learns" how not to displease it`s master.
Frank John Snelling
Architectural education effect upon mental behaviour
I totally agree with Frank John Snelling. The faculty people never cared about the individual interests or approach to design of a student. they always imposed their ideas, no matter a students' personality may ruin due to tht.
Sana Charania
Architectural education effect upon mental behaviour
Any student would confess that life as a university student affects their mental behavior. The stress of deadlines and exams, problems with classes and lecturers, and the lack of money living as a student, all contribute to common complaints. This rings true, and if there is a course most deserving of the title of ‘affecting mental behavior’, it is Architecture. As a student of architecture, I have witnessed and experienced these effects myself.

One of the most distinct characteristics of an architecture student is that they are sleep deprived. Either they are sleep deprived, or their inner biological clock has gone awry. Most students are used to staying up past 2am, with the common mindset of 12am being “too early” or “the night is still young”. While most students of other faculties have a bedtime of around 12am, to most architecture students, this is only when the night has really begun. This attitude towards sleep is one of the most significant signs of the mental affects of architectural education. The question many non-architecture students would ask is, why?

The answer could be a simple: crazy deadlines. In actual fact, it really isn’t about crazy deadlines alone, but also the amount and nature of the workload, coupled with the style of working. Whilst law or medic students may say in jest that they also have heavy workloads, the nature of workload cannot be compared. Whilst law and medic students have to do a very considerable amount of reading, architecture students have to create something from nothing. The very nature of work is completely different. A sad fact is that there are significant cases of students who take drugs to help them get through design studio in terms of both creativity and managing the workload without sleep, as well as trying to fight off stress.

To create something significant and worthy of being graded, from absolutely nothing, is one thing. But combine that with the very subjective nature of design, it is enough to drive any student to the brink of insanity. One assessor may say one thing, and another assessor may say something else contradictory. Students can get very confused, especially if they don’t have a clear idea of what they want in the first place.

To wrap it up nicely, combine crazy workloads, crazy deadlines, sleep deprivation and a completed design, then amounting to it being heavily criticized, insulted or even torn up by the assessor. This is what most students fear, and in fact could lead to some students traumatized.

As an aside, there are many positive aspects of being a student of architecture. Architecture students are amongst the most creative and lively in any given university campus. When architecture students are involved in organizing an event, they would come up with the most creative campaigns, ensuring a very lively atmosphere, and not to mention the well designed promotion materials. As a result of their many creative exposures and crazy misadventures in the studio, they come out as simply the most creative and lively group of students on campus.
Munira Hamzah
Architectural education effect upon mental behaviour
From my point of view, there are positive and negative effects towards our mental behavior. Well, at least that is what I think. First of all, if we think carefully, we became more aware of our surrounding. When we walk around the city, we tend to pointed out at some buildings, and give our critics right away. Or if is not about buildings, we tend to pointed out about the circulation or accessibility to that certain area. At least, that is what has been happening to me. When I go back home to my hometown, I would pointed out about the circulation of the road, and etc. Before, I would pass through any area without giving any proper thoughts about it. But now, I’ve changed.
Besides, we also started to appreciate the art and design and even the structural value of some buildings to another level. (Not just about aesthetic values alone) For example, when my friend (a medic’s student) pointed out that he/she like some buildings, well mostly because of the aesthetic value, taste and just that, I will be like questioning myself about other elements of the building, like the concept and how the architect achieve his vision through the building and etc. I will begin to appreciate the thoughts of the architect, and admiring on how well the architect had achieved his vision through his design. For me, the design is more than just aesthetic values alone. Because aesthetic is purely subjective. A building became truly successful if the form and functions (also the vision) works together. I truly think that.
But, for every little thing, there must be some negative effects as well. It depends on how we deal with it. Being an architecture student makes us became totally hopeless with time management. For some, they became nocturnal. Even though they are free from studio works, they still can’t sleep at night, and thus, making the morning class became unproductive. In some cases, after the submission of certain project, they tend to sleep for the whole 20hours or more. It was like you lose a whole day in your calendar. They skipped their meals, their bath, or even worse; their prayers. It is like we tend to go to the extreme. Awake for the whole 3 days and asleep for the next one whole day or two. It is very tiring an unhealthy. And for people who have gastric like me, it is quite a torture.
Farhan Nadia Ahamad Fauzi
Architectural education effect upon mental behaviour
On the issue of sleeping or not sleeping as an architectural student. The problem of not having enough hours in the day to complete projects was because at no point was I ever allowed to throughly explore and ivestigate any design through the term, given that interim "show and tell" crits had to be done and this would disrupt my own evolving design process leaving little time to work up the final crit drawings (Not that your blood, sweat and tears was appreciated by tutors.)

I would say the mythology about the need for sleep deprivation and drugs in order to be able to be creative is sheer nonsense because creativity does not come either from exhaustion or drug-induced euphoria, rather these states stop the ability to create.
Frank John Snelling
Architectural education effect upon mental behaviour
That is a grate comment.
To add to that, to learn to have vision and to visualize in 3D you need to learn to dream & day dream.
David Cardew
Architectural education effect upon mental behaviour
One troubling effect of architectural education I think is the teaching of a distinctive aesthetic values through dogmatic lessons and a process of practical exercises which could mount to (brain washing). There are too much emphases on abstract art aesthetic values in most architectural schools. I do not want to go in to the roots of all that, but the result is that architects see beauty in forms that others may see them odd.

I spent a good part of one afternoon in smoggy Beijing trying to find a photo angle to get a good picture for Rem Coolhaas CCTV building (attached image); it looks like a monster building from every point one look at it, and no wonder why Beijingners do not like it (at least the once I talked with), and taxi drivers call it the (dragon) building! The building (aesthetics) is praised by many architects and architectural critics as (using architectural lexicon) ground breaking architecture, and this contradiction between architects aesthetics and people collective view of aesthetics is what I find troubling, and could count for some of the (differing) mental behaviour of architects.
Faisal Hamid
Architectural education effect upon mental behaviour
Faisal, I think you have hit the nail on the head, because the banal, one-liner, mega-bucks designs of today are due to the influence of the critics who infest architectural education.

In fact, such critics infest every form of education, so that negativity and nihilism is now so much the order of the day that most people have forgotten that education is supposed to be the enablement of people, of ability, of creativity, and not the suppression of people.
Frank John Snelling
Architectural education effect upon mental behaviour
your research topic seems to be probably too expansive for you to conclude over an absolute note if u have limitations of time...
speaking generally, every education has some effects on the pronounced they are depends on how strong an individual, the concerned student is...
but ...architecture education influences the very existence of the architecture metamorphoses his/her perspective towards life right from a trivial issue of routine dressing up to a customized philosophy of life...that's why one can mostly distinguish an archi. student from other professional course student...
the brighter side- seldom does a person get an opportunity to totally de-condition his mind that has been conditioned consistently for say 18-19 years by the family and the society(assuming a student is 18-19 when he enters architecture)...architecture education actually wipes out rigidity in thinking and introduces an element of lateral thinking, which is useful in all walks of teaches how to handle pressures and insults...
the darker side - relativity can be a pro as well as a a con it exists on the part of the instructor, the student, the jury as well the could be frustrating for a student when the instructor's perception of a project clashes with the 'creator's ego' of the student...
all the above was on a very generic studio strategies and other requirements of architecture education vary with the person, location and the nature of the project introduced...hence it would be further helpful to you if you get specific with some of the above parameters
Apurva Satokar


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