this is in responds to the post made by KS
firstly, please dont treat this like a hate mail... it's just an opinion... i didnt respond to my previous posts cause some of you were getting hostile...@_@
anyway... moving on
well first thing first.. who are we to judge if a person is talented or not? and who are we to say that an untalented person will not make good architecture? cause then it will beg the question - what is good architecture?
what is good architecture? this question is debated thru history and is never resolved untill today.. it is like chasing the wind... a utopia that we architects always seek to achieve... but hey, even if u do achieve utopia and that 'good architecture', just because you are the one that conceived it, it's not good anymore... cos you yourself is not perfect... there will always be something negative about your approach.. always.. guarateed... so are you making bad architecture then? does it mean you are less talented? =)
as far as the way the system is structured...
i believe you do know that this problem is a worldwide problem in every architecture school.. it's relative.. subjective to whoever that beholds it. and it is the nature of our profession to be constantly under unfair scutiny. it is up to us to man up to the game, dust it off our shoulders and move on to the next challenge. if we can't take that, then well sorry dude, you're just not emotionally cut for it.
as far as i am concerned, we should always be mindful of the big picture. dont just focus on our little bubble of the architecture school. think about what will happen in the real world. think of your tutor as your client and your assignment as your multi-million dollar project. your ultimate goal is to get the building built and to satisfy your client.
in architectural practice (AP) you can't always hide from your client. you have to meet regularly with him. discuss ideas. get feedback. go back. work on it. come back. get screwed. go back and get unscrewed. come back and the process goes on. So, it IS our duty to see our tutors whether or not they say 'do whatever u want' or whether u think u are too talented and u dun need that lousy tutor. it IS the way it sud be. so if u get penalized for not showing up for tutorials, sorry la brother..
in AP you have timeline. a critical path that you have to stick to. coz if you dont follow it, your company loses money and your client gets cranky. so similarly, design is not an excuse. doesnt mean you have the most wonderful idea and talented idea then u have an excuse for not producing quality drawings and renderings and presentation. to me, that is the lamest excuse ever and most irresponsible excuse ever. we have been given a timeline, we should keep to it. yes i know it's hard. i struggle with it too. cos architects are perfectionist. but at some point we gotta say stop and move on to documentation (drawings)..
yes identity is important as a design school and SABD owes it to us to have a clear and consice vision. i agree. but it's not the school that defines u. it is U who defines yourself. it is YOU, thru study and research, find your niche and stick to it and brand yourself with it. again, big picture thinking.
yes external crits can be violent and hostile. but again, it is the nature of our course. we put up our best for the sleeziest people to chop. it is a sad fact but it is what makes us architects. it defines our character, builds our resolve, refines our approach and it causes us to rethink and reevaluate. well yea sure, it feels bitter. i understand. totally. but we need to learn to look at it in a holistic manner and take it in positively.
let me encourage us all to not be so affected by grades. tadao ando never entered architecture school. frank gehry was told by his architecture tutor to quit architecture cause it is 'not' for him... grades are not everything. what is more important is your identity
who u are as an architect is ultimately what makes or breaks u... it is ur brand.. ur bread and butter...it determines how you work.. and how your work defines you... it molds your company.. it directs it... your identity... find it
if you leave architecture school discovering yourself and believing in yourself and what you have become... i would say that SABD did a good job... entering architecture school is not about grades.. grades will not land you a job... but your identity.. your personality and your character will... no point getting good grades but without substance.... entering architecture school is about changing your mind... from a normal person's to an architect's mind.. that's what is important..=)
so yea, appeal all you want.. but if we are waiting for SABD to change.... why not ask how can we change first..? =)