I’m not sure about you guys? But during my education I realised that there was a lack of information available for architecture students, especially in terms of achieving the grades we want! My journey began with studying for my Bachelors degree at the University of Lincoln in the UK. Although I was satisfied with my results I aspired for better grades. During my Masters, like many architecture students, I pushed myself beyond physical and emotional limitiations. Throughout this journey I learnt many things; I learnt that hard work can pay off. In turn it gave me the opportunity to work for such practices like Foster + Partners and David Collins Studio.
Although my journey is still at its early stages I’ve learnt a lot along the way. So what do I do exactly? I basically offer free advice to architecture students on my Facebook page and if you’re after something more I also have an eBook available. The layout of the book is simple, and the tips are honest and clear. Every student knows the importance of time, so the book is designed to be read in a matter of minutes, not days. It touches on the tips, lessons and routines that helped me achieve in my degree. The book is not a step-by-step tutorial, it reads more like a motivational to-do list for architecture students.
One of my ambitions was to design a book that could be read and re-read. I wanted the book to rekindle the drive and passion of students when their confidence is low. A student may also like to take the tips and place them throughout their home or workspace as a constant reminder. After completing the book, I thought to myself that if I read this at the beginning of my journey I would be at a huge advantage. Finding guidance and mentorship can be difficult, therefore my aim is simple, I want to help architecture students early in their education, giving them insight, confidence and tools to achieve their goals.
Some previews of the eBook below:
Zean Mair-Macfarlane started his adventure at the University of Lincoln in the UK. After finishing his Masters he went on to work for Foster + Partners for a year before starting his own practice. Zean is currently studying for his RIBA Part 3 exams and hopes to finish them by the end of the year. His interests include writing, drawing and all things funky.