Sep '06 - Jan '11
(Kent State University)
I have a favor to ask.
A popular discussion about a month ago, asking us to post a picture of our studio space, brought up some interest in me..
I've visited Sci-Arc, I've been inside the DAAP in Cincy, viewed pictures from Toronto, I've heard stories from other institutions from around the country. But today after a meeting with our Dean discussing our current facility situations, I'm wondering what it's like to actually work in your studio.
What is the atmosphere like? Is it comfortable, are there enough windows? Is it split between years or connected to one another, year to year?
Are your peers nice? Do you all get along and share a common goal, a common ideology for architecture? Or do you disagree, do some love what they do, or do they hate it?
How are your facilities? Do you have good access to plotting/fabrication machines? Does it cost money?
Is your school connected to the rest of the university, or are you separated and hide in studio all day?
Do you even work at your desk?
Do you have groups/organizations/publications?
How would you rate your overall experience in the program?
I ask these questions to compare the results, not to get jealous or proud, but to get a better understanding of the architecture studio experience overall, across the country, or world. I think for the betterment of all schools, we need to know more than what the studio looks like, we need to know how it feels. I wonder if the ivy league is any better than the state schools, if the material is any different, if a crit is really different.
I wonder these things constantly. Stepping into another studio is like stepping into a new world, but at the same time it's the same world I've been in before. I wonder how I would adapt to these different studios. If I could survive, if anything would feel different. If I would have a better desire to design and creatively think.
All comments are appreciated..
In my next entry I will respond to the comments as well as share my studio atmosphere.