artificialelegance asked: Hey! I saw that you took the Intro to Arch course at Columbia last summer. I just applied for this summer and just wanted to ask how your experience was. I'm not an arch undergrad student, but have taken some fine arts/furniture design courses. I'd appreciate any comments or thoughts you have! Thanks!! I hope your studies are going well ;)
Oh hello! Sorry for the late reply. Yes, I did take the course at Columbia and the one they did very well when I took it is that they segregated the experienced students from the non-experienced ones. So basically every studio (class) is composed of around 12 people with a TA and a professor. I’ve never taken visual art courses before and I had experience with a few intro architecture courses. But I felt that the difficulty level was appropriate for me in my studio.
I had a great fun during my summer course and it honestly was a huge crash course into design. I would recommend you to do it because in addition to the studio, they have workshops and office tours which were also quite enlightening. But if I were to have a choice, I would take it after I had a year or two in arch undergrad first because I think you would get more out of it.
Anyways, hope that helps!
Seriously sorry for the lack of posts to all the few people that are reading this. I dove in headfirst into the ENDS program and I haven’t had a chance to get myself together. After a whole semester, I have to say I’m enjoying it very much. It’s such a breath of fresh air from the past two years where it was really starting to feel like you’re drudging through all these random courses and getting nowhere. After talking to many of my colleagues, it doesn’t even feel like school anymore. It’s also very motivating to be in a group of hardworking and like-minded people. When you see your studiomate furiously sketching, you feel like you should do it too. All in all, it all really started with the Intro Workshop.
Before the fall semester starts, all incoming ENDS, MARCH and LARCH students give up the last rays of sun to do a two-week workshop that gives you a nice introduction to the program. It’s an additional $500 dollars and mandatory. It’s really the only time the ENDS students ever get to interact with M’ARCH students so it’s really interesting to see how graduate students work and how undergraduate students work. We get tours to places around Vancouver and some lectures and thankfully, some free food! For our workshop, the theme was resources and that was the idea we were suppose to think about throughout the two weeks.
In our first week, we visited different locations all around Vancouver and we’re suppose to learn how to draw and think in different scales ranging from 1:1 - 1: 10000. We visited Wreck Beach, Richmond, EPCO Steel Plant, Seymour Watershed, Strathcona Neighbourhood and the Delta Landfill. As you can tell, most of the locations were supposedly “resources”. It was really interesting to see some of these places that usually, you would never be able to see, especially the steel plant. We had to finish a series of drawings from each location and lets just say that was quite a challenge for undergrads.
In the second week, we got into separate groups to come up with design installations for different areas of a SALA Intro-Workshop party which was fun. In our group, we got to figure out the designs for the seating lounge. It was like a crash course on how to figure out designs and learning to SIMPLIFY. I felt like it really us a good idea of working with people that you’re going to spend two years with and figuring out how to design in a big group which definitely WASN’T easy. I feel as if I could kill the people that I’ve only met for a week but at the very end, the party made the whole experience worth it.
Overall, my first semester was extremely stressful. It took a long time to adjust to the intense schedule that the program expects from you. Most of time, I’m really either in class or in the studio from 9:30am until 9pm and everything takes double or triple time I expected it to take. But if I think if you’re really enjoy doing it, it’s not that bad at all. Time pasts by so quickly and I think the people that you’re with really makes the program what it is.
Here is an ugly picture of a cool sculpture I made in the course.
Sorry for the sporadic posting but I’m in New York right now at Columbia University, taking an Intro to Architecture course. I will continue updating about ENDS as much as I can and I will also be evaluating this summer intensive.
This is also my first time in studio and in the Big Apple so I’m trying my best to find time to blog. It’s been a week in the course and I’ve already been in studio from 9am - 3am for past two days. Keep in mind this is INTRODUCTION to architecture so I’m expecting crazier things to come in the ENDS program.
cloversmith asked: Hi! I am interested in the ENDS program but still have reservations about it. Do you mind if I ask you questions from time to time? Such as: are there any co-op options for the ENDS program? Or rather, have you heard how easy/hard is it to find a job after completing the program? etc. etc. Thank you!
Hello! Yes, I will answer questions to the best of my ability. I also know a few other older ENDS students from my workplace and I will probe their heads for answers.
I barely have four posts and I’m already neglecting this! Sorry to the two people reading this blog. I have 3 or 4 blogposts lined up in my head to write about but I haven’t gotten a chance to settle down and write because I’m doing the following things :
- working for Elementslab! A research lab at UBC SALA that manages an urban design reference called elementsdb. It is SUPER COOL as in Simcity for the real world.
- preparing for a summer intensive architecture course in New York! I’m trying to organize everything as I trapeze to study for a month at GSAPP.
- trying to pass my driving exam so I can get a license. Ironically, I’ve really bad spatial reasoning and I’m trying to be an architect.
- having my birthday! I’m turning 20 in 3 days and I’m trying not to have an existential crisis about my life and how old I am.
I’ve been meaning to talk about the following things.
- portfolio pieces! Yay! Everybody wants to see how they can get into ENDS!
- reconciling my love for all things scifi and architecture through ray bradbury
- updates from New York about my course there!
- ENDS schedule and what it all means
Don’t worry, I’ll be back soon!
Anonymous asked: did your portfolio revolve around a certain theme or was it a collection of your best works? :)
I have no idea how you manage to find my blog a day after I created it but at least I have one reader!
To answer your question, I had a collection of my “best” works and it also revolved around a theme. Naturally when I was creating the pieces for my portfolio, my interests and inspiration pushed my work around a very broad theme. It certainly wasn’t intentional but when I saw the trend emerge I decided to write a little bit about it in my portfolio.
If you’re worried about whether to center your own portfolio around a theme, I’d say do what you feel best represents your experience and your background. Your portfolio needs to show your physical skills (drawing, sculpting etc) and your understanding of visual aesthetics. I know people with portfolios without a theme who were accepted into ENDS so I don’t think it’s a big deal.