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ArchDaily's Ultimate List of Advice for Incoming Architecture Students

Architecture school. You’ve heard the myths - the legends of all-nighters and innovation, of unmatched workaholism and love for the profession. Perhaps you know what you want – to solve the great urbanization problem, to create the next sustainable wonder-gadget, or maybe just to start your own firm and show the architectural world how it’s done. Maybe you have no idea what you want to do, drawn to architecture by the romance, the larger-than-life scale. Maybe you’re an artist who wants a job when they graduate. A hometown hero, you’re about to be thrown into a classroom of the best, possibly for the first time in your life. You’ll be surrounded by the brightest in engineering, problem solving, writing, drawing and a host of other skills. Anxious and excited, you stand ready at the doors of architectural education, hungry for innovation and ready to share and learn from others. Stepping inside that first day, you prepare yourself for the best - and most difficult times of your life so far.

To prepare you for the strange beast that is architecture school, shed light on what is fact and fiction, and give you some peace of mind, we at ArchDaily have prepared a list of advice for all incoming architecture students. There is no other education in the world quite like an architectural one, and we hope that this list can help prepare you for its unique wonders and challenges. The advice below is meant to ease the transition into school as much as possible – but be warned, nothing can compare to experiencing the real deal. Read them all after the break.

First year review. Image © Steven Lin A lecture in Brooklyn. Image © Ien Boodan © Jeff So The (rare) empty studio. Image © Ien Boodan

Teach Your Children to Think Like an Architect with Imagination Playground 3D Builder

It's no secret that most architects who are also parents want their children to follow in their footsteps. But how can we encourage our children to think like architects – critically, spatially and creatively? For parents in Manhattan, for the past five years Rockwell Group's Imagination Playground has provided an answer. The educational play system consists of large-scale blocks of varying sizes and uses, allowing children to build whatever they can imagine – without the long hours and deadlines. Now, with the release of Imagination Playground 3D Builder, the creative platform is now available digitally, for free.

Enrique Norten Designs New Campus for Mexico City's CENTRO University

CENTRO University, a premier university for creative studies in Mexico City, will celebrate the opening of its new campus this September. Designed by TEN Arquitectos, the 5,600-square-meter campus aims to embody CENTRO's "dynamic and inclusive atmosphere" with a cluster of intersecting, LEED Platinum buildings centered around a 450-seat auditorium and public park. With an ideal mix of indoor studios and outdoor work areas, the scheme hopes to offer a variety of collaborative and stimulating learning environments. 

D1 Kindergarten and Nursery / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro

© Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue © Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue © Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue © Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue

Family Box / Crossboundaries

  • Architects: Crossboundaries
  • Location: Si Ping Lu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Architect in Charge: Binke Lenhardt, Dong Hao
  • Project Designers: Anne-Charlotte Wiklander, Irene Solà, Gao Yang
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries

© Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries © Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries © Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries © Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries

Bortolotto Unveils Design for Rosalie Sharp Pavilion in Toronto

The Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U) has commissioned Toronto firm Bortolotto to transform the university’s main office building into the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion. The office will be wrapped in a technologically-responsive layer, transforming it into a multi-use, student work and exhibition space and transforming the corner of Dundas and McCaul streets into an interactive gateway for the campus.

Harfang-Des-Neiges Primary School / CCM2 Architectes + Onico Architecture

© Stéphane Groleau © Dave Tremblay © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau

Secondary School in Cambodia / Architetti senza frontiere Italia

  • Architects: Architetti senza frontiere Italia
  • Location: M'pai village pier, Cambodia
  • Design Team: Camillo Magni, Elisabetta Fusarpoli, Paolo Garretti, Filippo Mascaretti, Marta Minetti, Sabrina Suma, Marco Tommaseo
  • Coordinator: Camillo Magni
  • Area: 740.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Bernardo Salce

© Bernardo Salce © Bernardo Salce © Bernardo Salce © Bernardo Salce

Bildungscampus Sonnwendviertel / PPAG architects

  • Architects: PPAG architects
  • Location: Gudrunstraße 108, 1100 Wien, Austria
  • Design Team: Georg Poduschka, Anna Popelka, Lilli Pschill, Ali Seghatoleslami
  • Area: 20500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus

Squares and streets. Image © Hertha Hurnaus Gymnasitcs hall. Image © Hertha Hurnaus Cinema and theatre staircase, multipurpose hall in the back. Image © Hertha Hurnaus Undirected classrooms. Image © Hertha Hurnaus

The Roc / D’HOUNDT+BAJART architectes&associés

Courtesy of D’HOUNDT+BAJART architectes&associés Courtesy of D’HOUNDT+BAJART architectes&associés Courtesy of D’HOUNDT+BAJART architectes&associés Courtesy of D’HOUNDT+BAJART architectes&associés

River Cottage HQ / Satellite Architects

© Alex Campbell © Alex Campbell © Alex Campbell © Alex Campbell

COOKFOX Begins Construction on the Neeson Cripps Academy in Cambodia

COOKFOX Architects has recently begun construction on The Neeson Cripps Academy, a high-tech and sustainable school to be built in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as a gift from Velcro Companies to the Cambodian Children’s Fund.

The school, named for Cambodian Children’s Fund founder Scott Neeson and former Velcro Companies Chairman Robert Cripps, will employ multiple sustainable building practices, including water and energy efficiency via natural lighting, integrated solar shading, low energy lighting, and low flow water fixtures. An energy recovery system will further work to improve air quality inside classrooms by filtering outdoor air into the interior of the building, and on-site photovoltaic cells will provide a portion of the school’s energy needs.

Little Red Elisabeth Irwin / Andrew Bartle Architects

  • Architects: Andrew Bartle Architects
  • Location: 42 Charlton Street, New York, NY 10014, USA
  • Submitting Architect: Andrew Bartle, AIA
  • ABA Studio Team: Andrew Bartle, Sean Auyeung, Mark Barone, Karl Jensen, Joanne Graney, Ken Lake, John Thurman, Erin Ross
  • Area: 22000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Durston Saylor Photography, Brad Farwell

© Durston Saylor Photography © Durston Saylor Photography © Durston Saylor Photography © Durston Saylor Photography

Little Red Elisabeth Irwin / Andrew Bartle Architects

  • Architects: Andrew Bartle Architects
  • Location: 42 Charlton Street, New York, NY 10014, USA
  • Submitting Architect: Andrew Bartle, AIA
  • ABA Studio Team: Andrew Bartle, Sean Auyeung, Mark Barone, Karl Jensen, Joanne Graney, Ken Lake, John Thurman, Erin Ross
  • Area: 22000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Durston Saylor Photography, Brad Farwell

© Durston Saylor Photography © Durston Saylor Photography © Durston Saylor Photography © Durston Saylor Photography

Mary Place, All Hallows’ School / Wilson Architects

© Christopher Frederick Jones © Christopher Frederick Jones © Christopher Frederick Jones © Christopher Frederick Jones

Studio Gang to Design Net Positive Energy Campus for Chicago Children's Academy

Studio Gang has been selected to design a 60,000 square-foot campus for the Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC) in Chicago. Aimed to be the city's greenest campus, the net positive energy scheme will be designed as a space for learning that will "break down barriers between kids." The campus will include classrooms, an international learning laboratory, a teacher professional development center, an early childhood center, and an urban food production center. 

Student Center at Georgetown University / ikon.5 architects

© Brad Feinknopf Photographer © Brad Feinknopf Photographer © Brad Feinknopf Photographer © Brad Feinknopf Photographer

Fonte de Angeão School / Miguel Marcelino

© José Campos © José Campos © José Campos © José Campos