Sep '06 - Dec '09
The final lap is approaching and my lungs are grasping for every ounce of air. Its hard to believe the semester is over but I guess thats what happens when you have know concept of time. We have been set of to do our own individual work after our grueling group work. Working with three other people has taught me a lot about myself and what my actual limitations are. I was paired with three weaker students, "skill wise". I would find out later that they have some great ideas but representing them on paper is a daunting task for them. This brings up a topic which has been bothering me this semester.
It all started with one of the "top people" in the class giving me some advice on my representation of a project and after the person's advice they said, "I cant give you everything. Your the competition." They were'nt joking. WHY? I never thought of myself as being better than anybody in the class because the way others see architecture is not always in the same line as I would. So how does one compare accurately? After talking to some of the other studios it seems as someone always has to be on top. Why? Does their work affect yours that much? Do you understand architecture clearer when yours is better than his. I think this type of thinking does not help the studio progress at all. The notion seems to be "oh well cant help them but mine looks good." Why cant a majority of the work be represented well so that there is more to compare from each other so that we can all progress. I find that the studio culture in my studio alone is quite uplifting compared to the rest of the school. When I find information that would help my project I share with the rest of the class. I dont see them as competition. Why withhold information? Why try to be one up on the next guy? Why be concerned that I must get an "A" rather than "Do I just understand what I designed regardless of the grade?" It's a constant battle which adds more stress to our already heavy workload. Would'nt it be better if we had an abundance of great designers than only a few?