Math and Architecture

If you ever thought about being an architect but thought you could not handle the math, you are not alone. At parties across the land, as soon as someone finds out there is an architect in the crowd, there is a story being told about how they wanted to be an architect but since they could not draw or were not very good at math, they decided to do something else.

Do I need some math skills to draw sections and calculations? Absolutely, but none of this is magic and absolutely none of it requires trigonometry, calculus, or physics. So be easy on yourself.

I want to cover in this short article, which was originally written by Bob Borson in 2015 with lifeofanarchitect.com, how architecture and math are connected. So many people think that if you want to be an architect you have to be very good at math or drawing. In a short statement, it is not. However, in school you need to pass all your subjects to be qualified and get your degree, some architectural licensing exams require that you be good at math.

We all know that we studied different levels of mathematics in high school and college, but rarely you face that during your life as an architect. If you really think that architecture is the right choice for you, do not let math stand in your way.

The architect Lee Calisti mentioned that math should never be the factor to keep you out from architecture, in fact, you will never use complex equations like calculus in your job. However, you may need to adapt simple algebra quantities and trigonometry to deal with the array of dimensions, quantities, area, volume, and other geometric relationships. This plays into spatial thinking and patterns.

Evan Troxel, an architect, mentioned that it is good to be decent in math. For example, we are constantly adding and subtracting measurements, thicknesses, volumes, and areas. We work with spreadsheets that tally sizes of spaces and everything has to all add up. Geometry is math, right? Yes, it is. Drawing + Math = Awesome. That is one reason we’re architects and not artists.

As for architecture school, an article published on theguardian, said that different universities require different courses. More artistic subjects can prove useful, particularly where the technical drawing is involved. “There are myths around physics and maths,” says Liverpool University lecturer Emma Curtin. “We have students who’ve studied arts and humanities, math and science or design tech.”

I am here to tell you that you do not have to be great at math to be an architect.

Do I need some math skills to draw sections and calculations? Absolutely, but none of this is magic and absolutely none of it requires trigonometry, calculus, or physics. So be easy on yourself.

Source of material: lifeofanarchitect.com, theguardian.com

Do not be an architect, Unless!

You have dreams about being an architect?

You need to read the below points in order to be a successful architect. There are many tips which can help you to be a good architecture student, do not miss any of them.

You might think being an architect is very prestigious, think twice about that

Here are the common mistakes made by many architecture students:

  • Choosing the wrong field

You might think it’s cool to secure an architect job, but the fact is that you need to have passion and enjoy playing with colors, forms, and lines.

  • Wasting time

You must always insure to have the best design idea; however, wasting too much time might result in a hurried, last-minute submission of flimsy projects

  • Weak designs

Focus on complex compositions, be imaginative and innovative. Do not expect a good mark if you submit a poor and cheesy work. Producing a well-balanced design is always challenging, but it can be obtained by giving attention to you design.

  • Improvement

Turn your weakness into strengths. Practice always makes perfect, learn to use distracting mechanisms by flaunting your own strengths.

  • Development over time

It is what the examiners usually want, do not send negative signs by producing undeveloped work.

  •  Restarting your work

Many students have the habit to abandon the old work and start over. Notice that what seem “weak” to you might end up to be amazing design. Do not fall into the trap.

  • Copying others

Committing plagiarism is one of the gravest mistakes. It only shows that you are not qualified and the lack of originality and interest

  • Visual level

Architects should have an excellent, refined presentation. You should show your commitment and reflect how organized your work is.

  • Procrastination

It is one of the most common mistakes among architecture students. Many highly skillful students tend to procrastinate and delay their work, planning the process of your design is essential.

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