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You'll hear from practicing architects, other architecture students and myself, Kyle, a third year architecture student from South Australia to learn how you can become a Successful Architecture Student.

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Architecture is a challenging profession to work in. The challenges of architecture are diverse, but they do not necessarily make it a bad profession. I asked 15 architects what their biggest challenges are and got 15 completely different responses. Here are 14 challenges you need to prepare yourself for if you are thinking of becoming an architect. 1. Finding a balance. 2. Some projects just suck. 3. Beginners do not know everything. 4. Keeping the clients happy. 5. The volume of admin work. 6. Finding work as a graduate 7. Cannot be biased – even outside of your work. 8. It does not give you the skills to run a business. 9. Unrealistic deadlines. 10. Communication – you can have the best ideas but if you cannot express them, they’re worthless. 11. Difference between school and practice 12. Time. It takes a lot. 13. There is an enormous responsibility. 14. Deadlines. Again. This video will give you an insight into the challenges of architecture and offer advice for making the most of the opportunities they give you. Prefer listening/reading? Check out the show notes: https://successfularchistudent.com/the-challenges-of-architecture/ Check out my FREE online course for architecture students: ▼ 70 Hacks for Architecture Students▼ → https://successfularchistudent.com/←
I interviewed 15 architects and interior architects. Some were in their last years of architecture school, others had 30+ years of experience. I learnt a lot. I interviewed a lot of smart people who had incredible experiences and accomplishments, regrets, and advice. Here is what I learnt from interviewing 15 architects for the documentary “Behind Closed Doors – The Life of an Architect”. Watch the full-length architecture documentary here: https://youtu.be/WPAXl02M9cg Watch the 15 interviews here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8evaQZnDGAfAVFCXwm513_0eqymoQzTn
Learn what an architect does in this full interview with Samee Sultani, an Architect at Baukultur. This interview was used to put together the full-length architecture documentary “Behind Closed Doors - The Life of an Architect”. The documentary gives you an insight into the life of an architect. Watch the full documentary here: https://youtu.be/WPAXl02M9cg Watch the video version: https://youtu.be/orCqc2qH8bo A big thanks to Samee for his participation in the documentary. It was great to get a glimpse into the day in a life of an architect. Do you ever wonder what happens in a day in the life of an architect? In this full interview, you’ll hear from Samee, a full-time architect at Baukultur, in South Australia. Samee gives us an insight into his role as an architect. He explains his day from morning to evening, walking through the most common jobs he works on and what he enjoys most and least about his role as an architect. Lastly, Samee gives advice to architecture students and upcoming architects in order to be successful as an architect.
Learn what an architect does in this full interview with Raphaël Christinat, an Architect at Baukultur. This interview was used to put together the full-length architecture documentary “Behind Closed Doors - The Life of an Architect”. The documentary gives you an insight into the life of an architect. Watch the full documentary here: https://youtu.be/WPAXl02M9cg Watch the video version: https://youtu.be/0DMWl3BnK8U A big thanks to Raphael for his participation in the documentary. It was great to get a glimpse into the day in a life of an architect. Do you ever wonder what happens in a day in the life of an architect? In this full interview, you’ll hear from Raphael, a full-time architect at Baukultur, in South Australia. Raphael gives us an insight into his role as an architect. He explains his day from morning to evening, walking through the most common jobs he works on and what he enjoys most and least about his role as an architect. Lastly, Raphael gives advice to architecture students and upcoming architects in order to be successful as an architect.
Learn what an architect does in this full interview with Paul Cooksey, the founder and architect at Northern Edge Studio. This interview was used to put together the full-length architecture documentary “Behind Closed Doors - The Life of an Architect”. The documentary gives you an insight into the life of an architect. Watch the full documentary here: https://youtu.be/WPAXl02M9cg Watch the video version: https://youtu.be/DqEEjZ2eDvE A big thanks to Paul for his participation in the documentary. It was great to get a glimpse into the day in a life of an architect. Do you ever wonder what happens in a day in the life of an architect? In this full interview, you’ll hear from Paul, the founder and architect at Northern Edge Studio, an Interior and Architecture practice in South Australia. Paul gives us an insight into his role as an architect and director of an architectural practice. He explains his day from morning to evening, walking through the most common jobs he works on and what he enjoys most and least about his role as an architect and founding director. Lastly, Paul gives advice to architecture students and upcoming architects in order to be successful as an architect and firm owner.
Learn what an interior architect does in this full interview with Nelize van Wyk, a graduate interior architect at Northern Edge Studio. This interview was used to put together the full-length architecture documentary “Behind Closed Doors - The Life of an Architect”. The documentary gives you an insight into the life of an architect. Watch the full documentary here: https://youtu.be/WPAXl02M9cg Watch the video version: https://youtu.be/GuIIiswYVXA A big thanks to Nelize for her participation in the documentary. It was great to get a glimpse in her life as a graduate of interior architecture. Do you ever wonder what happens a day in the life of a graduate of interior architecture? In this full interview, you’ll hear from Nelize, a part time graduate of interior architecture at Northern Edge Studio in South Australia. Nelize gives us an insight into her role as a graduate interior architect. She explains her day from morning to evening, walking through the most common jobs she works on and what she enjoys most and least about her role as a graduate. Lastly, Nelize gives advice to interior architecture students and upcoming graduates in order to be successful as a graduate of interior architecture.
Learn what a graduate of architecture does in this full interview with Ned Connelly, a graduate of architecture at Baukultur. This interview was used to put together the full-length architecture documentary “Behind Closed Doors - The Life of an Architect”. The documentary gives you an insight into the life of an architect. Watch the full documentary here: https://youtu.be/WPAXl02M9cg Watch the video version: https://youtu.be/QiFYpR0mRhc A big thanks to Ned for his participation in the documentary. It was great to get a glimpse into the life of a graduate of architecture. Do you ever wonder what happens a day in the life of a graduate of architecture? In this full interview, you’ll hear from Ned, a full time graduate of architecture at Baukultur in South Australia. Ned gives us an insight into his role as a graduate architect. He explains his day from morning to evening, walking through the most common jobs he works on and what he enjoys most and least about his role as a graduate. Lastly, Ned gives advice to architecture students and upcoming graduates in order to be successful as a graduate of architecture.
Learn what an architect does in this full interview with Mariano De Duonni, one of the three founding directors / architects at Baukultur. This interview was used to put together the full-length architecture documentary “Behind Closed Doors - The Life of an Architect”. The documentary gives you an insight into the life of an architect. Watch the full documentary here: https://youtu.be/WPAXl02M9cg Watch the video version here: https://youtu.be/959f0UHmqys A big thanks to Mariano for his participation in the documentary. It was great to get a glimpse into the day in a life of an architect. Do you ever wonder what happens in a day in the life of an architect? In this full interview, you’ll hear from Mariano, or “Muz”, one of the three founding director architects at Baukultur, in South Australia. Mariano gives us an insight into his role as an architect and director of an architectural practice. He explains his day from morning to evening, walking through the most common jobs he works on and what he enjoys most and least about his role as an architect and founding director. Lastly, Mariano gives advice to architecture students and upcoming architects in order to be successful as an architect and firm owner.
Learn what an interior designer does in this full interview with Kyrstyan McLeod, an interior designer at Baukultur. This interview was used to put together the full-length architecture documentary “Behind Closed Doors - The Life of an Architect”. The documentary gives you an insight into the life of an architect. Watch the full documentary here: https://youtu.be/WPAXl02M9cg Watch the video version: https://youtu.be/QDjARbSZWX4 A big thanks to Kyrstyan for her participation in the documentary. It was great to get a glimpse in her life as an interior designer. Do you ever wonder what happens a day in the life of an interior designer? In this full interview, you’ll hear from Kyrstyan, a full-time interior designer at Baukultur in South Australia. Kyrstyan gives us an insight into her role as an interior designer. She explains her day from morning to evening, walking through the most common jobs she works on and what she enjoys most and least about her role as a graduate. Lastly, Kyrstyan gives advice to interior architecture and design students and upcoming graduates in order to be successful as an interior designer.
Learn what a drafter / BIM manager does in this full interview with Illia Karagianis, a draftsman and BIM Manager at Baukultur. This interview was used to put together the full-length architecture documentary “Behind Closed Doors - The Life of an Architect”. The documentary gives you an insight into the life of an architect. Watch the full documentary here: https://youtu.be/WPAXl02M9cg Watch the video version: https://youtu.be/T3Vm_RxEGJQ A big thanks to Illia for his participation in the documentary. It was great to get a glimpse into the day in a life of a drafter / BIM manager. Do you ever wonder what happens in a day in the life of drafter or BIM manager? In this full interview, you’ll hear from Illia, a draftsman and BIM manager at Baukultur, an architectural practice in South Australia. Illia gives us an insight into his role as drafter and BIM manager of an architectural practice. He explains his day from morning to evening, walking through the most common jobs he works on and what he enjoys most and least about his role as an architect and founding director. Lastly, Illia gives advice to students and aspiring drafters in order to be successful as a drafter.
Learn what an architect does in this full interview with Gabrielle, an Architect at Baukultur. This interview was used to put together the full-length architecture documentary “Behind Closed Doors - The Life of an Architect”. The documentary gives you an insight into the life of an architect. Watch the full documentary here: https://youtu.be/WPAXl02M9cg Watch the video version of the interview: https://youtu.be/pKDplOCkUi0 A big thanks to Gabrielle for her participation in the documentary. It was great to get a glimpse into the day in a life of an architect. Do you ever wonder what happens in a day in the life of an architect? In this full interview, you’ll hear from Gabrielle, a full time architect at Baukultur, in South Australia. Gab gives us an insight into her role as an architect. She explains her day from morning to evening, walking through the most common jobs she works on and what she enjoys most and least about her role as an architect. Lastly, Gabrielle gives advice to architecture students and upcoming architects in order to be successful as an architect.
Learn what an interior designer does in this full interview with Eliza Rowberry, an interior designer at Northern Edge Studio. This interview was used to put together the full-length architecture documentary “Behind Closed Doors - The Life of an Architect”. The documentary gives you an insight into the life of an architect. Watch the full documentary here: https://youtu.be/WPAXl02M9cg Watch the video version here: https://youtu.be/ykgL83_KDrU A big thanks to Eliza for her participation in the documentary. It was great to get a glimpse in her life as an interior designer. Do you ever wonder what happens a day in the life of an interior designer? In this full interview, you’ll hear from Eliza, a part-time interior designer at Northern Edge Studio, in South Australia. Eliza gives us an insight into her role as an interior designer. She explains her day from morning to evening, walking through the most common jobs she works on and what she enjoys most and least about her role as a graduate. Lastly, Eliza gives advice to interior architecture and design students and upcoming graduates in order to be successful as an interior designer.
Learn what an architect does in this full interview with David Homburg, one of the three founding directors / architects at Baukultur. This interview was used to put together the full-length architecture documentary “Behind Closed Doors - The Life of an Architect”. The documentary gives you an insight into the life of an architect. Watch the full documentary here: https://youtu.be/WPAXl02M9cg Watch the video version here: https://youtu.be/tYBPThMNmn8 A big thanks to David for his participation in the documentary. It was great to get a glimpse into the day in a life of an architect. Do you ever wonder what happens in a day in the life of an architect? In this full interview, you’ll hear from David, one of the three founding director architects at Baukultur, in South Australia. David gives us an insight into his role as an architect and director of an architectural practice. He explains his day from morning to evening, walking through the most common jobs he works on and what he enjoys most and least about his role as an architect and founding director. Lastly, David gives advice to architecture students and upcoming architects in order to be successful as an architect and firm owner.
Learn what an interior designer does in this full interview with Dani Cutts, an interior designer at Baukultur. This interview was used to put together the full-length architecture documentary “Behind Closed Doors - The Life of an Architect”. The documentary gives you an insight into the life of an architect. Watch the full documentary here: https://youtu.be/WPAXl02M9cg Watch the video version of the interview: https://youtu.be/G9E5nvtISPc A big thanks to Dani for her participation in the documentary. It was great to get a glimpse in her life as an interior designer. Do you ever wonder what happens a day in the life of an interior designer? In this full interview, you’ll hear from Dani, a full-time interior designer at Baukultur in South Australia. Dani gives us an insight into her role as an interior designer. She explains her day from morning to evening, walking through the most common jobs she works on and what she enjoys most and least about her role as a graduate. Lastly, Dani gives advice to interior architecture and design students and upcoming graduates in order to be successful as an interior designer.
Learn what a graduate of architecture does in this full interview with Dakota Simpson, a graduate of architecture at Northern Edge Studio. This interview was used to put together the full-length architecture documentary “Behind Closed Doors - The Life of an Architect”. The documentary gives you an insight into the life of an architect. Watch the full documentary here: https://youtu.be/WPAXl02M9cg Watch the video version of the interview: https://youtu.be/UJ9_B6D5AUM A big thanks to Dakota for her participation in the documentary. It was great to get a glimpse in her life as a graduate of architecture. Do you ever wonder what happens a day in the life of a graduate of architecture? In this full interview, you’ll hear from Dakota, a part time graduate of architecture at Northern Edge Studio in South Australia. Dakota gives us an insight into her role as a graduate architect. She explains her day from morning to evening, walking through the most common jobs she works on and what she enjoys most and least about her role as a graduate. Lastly, Dakota gives advice to architecture students and upcoming graduates in order to be successful as a graduate of architecture.
Learn what an architect does in this full interview with Chris Watkins, one of the three founding directors / architects at Baukultur. This interview was used to put together the full-length architecture documentary “Behind Closed Doors - The Life of an Architect”. The documentary gives you an insight into the life of an architect. Watch the full documentary here: https://youtu.be/WPAXl02M9cg Watch the video version of this interview: https://youtu.be/UQK41Qe5tWY A big thanks to Chris for his participation in the documentary. It was great to get a glimpse into the day in a life of an architect. Do you ever wonder what happens in a day in the life of an architect? In this full interview, you’ll hear from Chris, one of the three founding director architects at Baukultur, in South Australia. Chris gives us an insight into his role as an architect and director of an architectural practice. He explains his day from morning to evening, walking through the most common jobs he works on and what he enjoys most and least about his role as an architect and founding director. Lastly, Chris gives advice to architecture students and upcoming architects in order to be successful as an architect for firm owner.
Learn what an architect does in this full interview with Adrian Kenyon, an Architect at Baukultur. This interview was used to put together the full-length architecture documentary “Behind Closed Doors - The Life of an Architect”. The documentary gives you an insight into the life of an architect. Watch the full documentary here: https://youtu.be/WPAXl02M9cg Watch the video version of this interview here: https://youtu.be/txnrR4s-nF4 A big thanks to Adrian for his participation in the documentary. It was great to get a glimpse into the day in a life of an architect. Do you ever wonder what happens in a day in the life of an architect? In this full interview, you’ll hear from Adrian, a full time architect at Baukultur, in South Australia. Adrian gives us an insight into his role as an architect. He explains his day from morning to evening, walking through the most common jobs he works on and what he enjoys most and least about his role as an architect. Lastly, Adrian gives advice to architecture students and upcoming architects in order to be successful as an architect.
Concepts are the key themes and ideas underpinning every studio project in architecture school. This is how you develop a successful concept. https://successfularchistudent.com/how-to-develop-successful-architecture-concepts/ Concepts are what drive your architecture projects forward. Without a concept, your project has no legs. With a concept, you can get passionate for your project to take it to higher levels. For studio 4 I was given a brief to design something having a key focus on the design concept. There was little focus on budget, structure, sustainability and detailing. Rather, we were able to immerse ourselves in the purity of architectural creativity. I’ll be going over my studio 4 project which has been my most successful concept and project to date to explain how you can develop successful architecture concepts in architecture school. Stick around to the end of this video to hear my best advice for developing concepts. There is a lot that goes into an architecture concept. And I’m going to go over an exact strategy plan for you to follow to come up with your own successful concepts, But if there was one thing I’d like for you to take away from this video, it’s this - the most important thing to know is that a concept takes time to develop. It’s not something you can pump out in 20 minutes. It’s not a word you pick from the air, or a diagram you sketched, it’s an idea. It’s a multitude of ideas. It is not something that is chosen but formed and developed over time. Think of the forming of the Earth. The mountains and valleys weren’t just placed there, scientifically speaking, but moulded from external elements, volcanic eruptions, wind, water, temperature, climate, natural events that formed the rocks over millions of years. Your architecture concept is an idea that is moulded over time from external elements. Just by working on your project and spending time on it. It needs time to stew and ferment. This doesn’t just mean waiting patiently at your desk. Here’s the process for stewing up the perfect concept.
Thinking about studying architecture? Architecture could be a career path for you. Here are 5 questions to help you decide if architecture is the right profession for you. If you’re thinking about studying architecture, ask yourself these 5 questions to help you choose the right career. Is architecture a career path for you? Prefer watching/reading? Check out the show notes: https://successfularchistudent.com/should-you-study-architecture/ Preparation: The first question I would ask myself is, why am I considering architecture as a career? Do you have a clear reason why you’re thinking about it or are you parents forcing you into it? Are you doing it because a friend is doing it? Are you thinking about the money (if you are I would be thinking about something else)? Or, are you considering it because of the freedom of location it can provide by working remotely? Do you have a passion for buildings? Do you have a passion for design and creative pursuit? What are the reasons you’re considering architecture as a career? This question alone should solve a lot of concerns for you. The second question I would ask myself is, what do I think architecture would involve? Write down what you think being an architect would mean for you. Visualise it – see yourself doing it. Can you see yourself doing it every single day? Do you even know what an architect does? If not, that’s ok, now you can research about it. Visualisation is so powerful, if you can visualize yourself 10 years in the future, being an architect, do you see yourself enjoying what you’re doing? Skillset: Are you creative? – you don’t necessarily have to be good at drawing, painting, or that – but do you have a creative mindset? Do you think outside the box, do you enjoy problem solving, which stems from creativity? Architecture is a field of design, ultimately it’s a job that requires you to solve problems for a client. Are you creative? Are you a good problem solver? Are you a people person? – if not, that’s ok. In fact, I’m a pretty big introvert. There’s such a wide scope to the profession that there’s a place for everyone. However, architecture has never been a sole person profession. The idea of the “head architect”, managing a team below them, controlling every decision is no longer relevant. Architecture is now a team game. It’s unavoidable that you’ll have to work with people and be able to do it effectively. It’s a service-based industry. You are a servant to the people you work with and to the client. In both situations, with the “head architect”, and the “team architect”, you are dealing with people. I don’t mention having to be good at maths or science because I don’t believe you need them to study architecture. Any mathematical or scientific equations or methods you need to know, which are very minimal, will be learnt once you start your architecture education. The final question to ask yourself is, do you think you’ll be willing to not only put in 110% effort into your education and career, but sustain that effort of the course of your education and career? A job shouldn’t just be something you do 5 days a week to pay the bills. You can get paid to do anything you want, anything you’re passionate about. If you’re choosing architecture because it’s a safe career and pays well, you might want to reconsider why you’re doing it.
Distraction is deadly. Though, getting distracted now is more common than ever before. Furthermore, the demand for focus is greater now than ever before. So, how can you regain focus in a distracting world? This is a simple trick I use to stop distraction and focus on what I should be doing instead. Prefer listening/reading? Check out the show notes: https://successfularchistudent.com/how-to-stop-getting-distracted/ Check out my FREE online course for architecture students: ▼ 70 Hacks for Architecture Students▼ → https://successfularchistudent.com/← Last night I posted a story on my Instagram explaining how I’ve discovered some magical solution to getting distracted. Let’s face it, we all get distracted and have our attention taken away from what we should be doing. Right now, in this century, the most important characteristic to have is focus. It’s what employers are looking for, so it’ll make you more hireable, it’s what allows you to get more work done and get better grades, it’s what allows you to have clarity and comfort within your own life to get more done and achieve great things. Focus. What’s this trick that I discovered last night that removes distractions? Let me explain. I remember in the midst of my studio 6 project thinking “right! I’ve got 8 days to go and have 6 weeks of work to catch up on. I’m going to leave my phone in another room, I’m closing all other programs and I’m not going to get distracted. But first… I should clean my desk. But first, I should check my university emails. I should take the trash out. I should have something to eat.” Yaddi yaddi yadda. Even when we know we have to work without distraction – we sometimes just can’t pull ourselves to it. What I did was this… I said no – I’m not going to clean my desk. That’s the first step – to say no to the distraction. It’s very much a habit you need to develop over time from doing it more and more. Say no and your willpower will get stronger. That’s something worth noting too – you need to know what you’re actually getting distracted from. We might know that we need to do our studio 6 project. But, what does that actually involve? It might be worth initially investing 5 minutes of your time to figure that out and create a plan for yourself before getting stuck into it. It’s like the analogy I often use where we tend to do busy work instead of what’s important. It’s like we’re running on a treadmill, when you need to step off of that and go run towards the finish line. Know what you need to do by creating a plan and schedule. Anyways, this is the trick I did. I got my phone and set an alarm for 1 hour. I put that phone in the room next to me – on do not disturb mode of course – and got to work. Quite often we say, “okay, no distractions, let’s go.” And we end up getting distracted like before. That’s because we don’t know how long we should be working without distraction for. By setting an alarm for 1 hour, it constantly reminds me for that hour that I can’t get distracted until I hear that alarm go off.
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Mahanta Jadhav

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