As I’ve blogged about before, I have had the pleasure of participating in critiques at the University of Florida’s Jacksonville Studio for 4th year undergrads. Recently I was able to participate in the final critique. To say that the students listened to our midterm critique and took our advice and expertise to heart would be an understatement. To continue to say that these students have a very bright future ahead of them would be an even bigger understatement.
The level of design skill that I witnessed and the degree of resolution from midterm to final crit in most cases was astonishing. And as a practicing architect, these opportunities to sit with the upcoming generation of architects and listen to their presentations and talk through their designs is such a thrilling experience. As I’ve said before, if you’re an architect and you don’t volunteer your time and expertise to pour into these students getting ready to enter the work force, you’re not using your own time and talents to their potential.
Here are some photos I took of some of the final projects. As students we don’t have the depth or breadth of knowledge necessary to fully realize a project, but these students certainly did their best to go as far as they were able and in my opinion succeeded.
…nice…my students go on Monday. I’ll keep you posted with their progress. Going to reviews energizes all of us to BE architects.
There is that also. 🙂 Is it wrong that after almost 10 years of practice my larger goal is to teach full time while practicing part time? :-\
I suppose…I feel I’m often just impersonating an architect. Full time has its politics too…there is no greener grass. I’ve avoided the full time teaching gig.
Very true on the politics of university life. But, for me, odd as this sounds, full time faculty work would allow me more free time to explore my personal designs and projects. Not to mention having a small army of eager young designer minds to engage to BUILD some stuff. 🙂 In other words, I want to be Sam Mockbee.
We all want to be Sam Mockbee…well, maybe not look like him…hmmmm. Too much southern cooking.
Come on you know you want a beard like his. 😉
His and the members of ZZ Top…
This is very inspiring..I’ve got my final crit in four weeks.Thanks for sharing Jeremiah!
Good luck! 🙂 send me a link with some photos if you can.