Thursday, June 13, 2013

How to Learn about Architecture Online

Architecture OnlineYou all know what an architect is – someone who designs and plans buildings and oversees their construction. They usually work with engineers to bring aesthetically pleasing building designs to life; creating something that meets the safety standards whilst still being interesting to look at.

To put it bluntly, an architect has a pretty cool job. Sadly, it takes a lot of effort to get there – college, then university, and then several more years to get your accreditation. However, you can also get a bit of a head start by learning architecture online, all from the comfort of your living room or study.

Flashcards

Online, you can find loads of flashcards; these are designed to help students to learn a number of important terms relevant to their chosen career path, as well as the definitions of these terms. It won’t be too difficult to find some tailored to architecture, so get Googling!
Look at these flashcards about once a day; this is the best way to memorise unfamiliar terms. Make sure you regularly go over the terms which you’ve already learned to make them stick firmly in your head.

Websites

Get your favourite search engine up and look for websites dedicated to architecture. Look at hobbyists’ sites as well as professional design ones, and learn the more popular terms and phrases and find out what’s in vogue.

Some sites will give you visual aids to help your understanding, whereas others will have interviews with veteran architects to aid you in discovering what is in store in the field of architecture.
www.architecture.com is the official website of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and will put a number of great resources at your disposal, but you should also look at the sites of different architecture firms as well, such as www.mccormick-architecture.co.uk, for inspiration.

E-books

If you’ve got a Kindle or another e-reader, you should take a look online at the various different resources and articles available to you. Many of them are free, but Amazon has a good range of architectural textbooks at reasonable prices. This is a good solution if you want to keep learning whilst taking a break from the computer screen.

Courses

Of course, you won’t be able to get anywhere without actually taking a proper course, so it’s vital that you do! There are loads of architecture courses on the internet, and many of them are even free, so you have nothing to lose!

They should be able to offer you the fundamentals of architecture, giving you a good cornerstone to build on. (Architecture puns, we love ‘em). The paid ones will be better in the long run, as they’ll give you a more focused view, but the free courses are a good place to start at least.

A decent class will offer online tutorials and even seminar sessions in which you can chat with your fellow students and ask an experienced professional some questions – it’s just like going to uni, but you don’t even have to leave home!

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