The 16th Chadirji Awards


It’s the 16th Chadirji Award for Architecture students in Lebanon. 18 Students from 8 different universities (LU, AUB, USEK, BAU, ALBA, NDU, LAU, Manar) with 18 different architectural projects participated in this competition which is considered the most important architectural competition in Lebanon.

The Event was organized by the Chadirji Foundation in collaboration with the Order of Engineers and Architects in Beirut. The jury included experts and international architects like Francesco Polesello and Edward Suzuki.
The results of the competition were announced on Friday 26 February in the Order of Engineers and Architects.
And the winners (for 2015 projects) are:

– 1st Prize: Vanessa Houeiss (USEK): Synthetic Discovery in Beirut
– 2nd Prize: Ghalia Korban (AUB)
– 3rd Prize: Alexandre Zein (USEK): Syrian Refugees Camp

Congrats for the winners !!

> you can check the photos of the event by visiting this page’s photo album: Press HERE



Design Workshop: “Healing Architecture”

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As-Safra, Lebanon 04-11 January 2016

It’s this time of the year where Parallel Studio celebrate holidays in meaningful ways! Join their next healing architecture design workshop on January 2016 at As-Safra Lebanon

“Healing Architecture” is a design workshop for architecture and design students to learn about healing old and abandoned spaces within our communities with a real case study of an old house where the workshop is hosted in As-Safra Mount Lebanon. Students will have the opportunity to learn methods used by Cuban Organization Arquitectos De La Comunidad

Entry Fees are $20 that cover attendance and brunch breaks of the 7 day event!
RSVP by mail
Limited seats for 20
Jury members and Certificate Eligibility to be announced

For more info:

10 Gifts To Surprise Your Architect Boyfriend !

Courtesy of Rock Paper Scissors Shop

Often one gets bewildered and stuck while planning gifts for an upcoming occasion. On top of that a gift idea for a friend or a significant other who is an architect feels even harder to crack! Whether the giver belongs to the design community or not, an architect’s sophisticated taste cautions one.

Gifting here becomes an art of comprehending the other person’s taste and requirement. An act which demands thoughtfulness, consideration with a bit of humor and surprise. So apart from the conventional pricey presents bought from a stationer, or perhaps a set of literary classics on Corbusier, Kahn or Vitruvius, these are some quirky suggestions. One might want to have a quick look at this list. Depending on the purpose and penchant of an architect, the list appeals to every whim and affectation.

1. 3Doodler

Courtesy of 3Doodler

In an age where 3D Printing is practicable to almost every aspect of life, a 3Doodler is something as good as a magic wand, at least metaphorically. An architect who intrinsically communicates through diagrams and models, can use this to scribble, trace or gesticulate. You just wave a finger in the air or draw a form on base, and presto! An instant actualization of one’s imagination is ready. These 3D printing pens are available with an assortment of colorful cartridges. Offering a plethora of possibilities, this gift can kindle a flare of limitless creativity.

2. Wrap-a-nap: A pillow, blindfold and an earmuff – all in one

Courtesy of Wrap-a-Nap

Known for their nocturnal habits and exhaustive lifestyles, architects are one of the most hardworking group of professionals.  The sleepless nights before the deadlines, and the weary eyed efforts to keep awake during elaborate office presentations, often leave architects outworn. This one is quite a relieving solution for such a fatigued architect friend, who’s up for power naps in any situation, regardless of how bright, loud or clogged it is. This simple yet genius product can make sleeping a less-cumbersome affair altogether.

3. Lego Blocks

Courtesy of LEGO® Architecture


For all those who have an architect friend who’s inquisitive and playfully childlike, Lego is the ultimate gift.  Imagine an architectural Lego model lying on your friend’s desk and a broad smile on his/her face. Plus the fun and sense of pride for having assembled such an interesting piece of puzzle is a cherry on the top. While a modernist fan can spend hours building the mini version of Fallingwater or Villa Savoye, imagine how delightful it might be for a minimalist to construct Farnsworth House or Eames House?


4. A Portable Coffee Machine

Courtesy of Stelton

For all those workaholics who thrive on caffeination, a perfect cup of coffee can be the answer to the most knackering day. A self-made espresso brewed from one of such portable coffee machines can deliver a heavenly satisfaction. One does not need to depend on electricity or more hands, to make that perfect cup of coffee. All you need is coffee, water and such a machine which makes life simpler.


5. A Tabletop Water Garden or a Terrarium

Courtesy of Back to the Roots - Water Garden

Who wouldn’t like to have a speck of green on their desk? Especially, those who’re the ‘green’ buffs, with their heightened sensitivity towards Nature, a little aquaponic tabletop can do wonders. Perhaps even a simple DIY terrarium, designed and cultivated at home, would not only soothe one’s sight, but also add that special personal touch to the gift. This is one gift that surely adds life to an irksome routine.

6. A Wooden/ Steel Bin

Courtesy of Bunaco Dustbox

Is your architect friend having a really rough day at office? Does his boss drive him crazy, while his teammates keep repeating the same mistakes again and again? This gift is for all those, whose shredders start choking after an endless toil of tearing and trashing drawings. A state of the art wooden bin. Not only does it add fun to disposal, but it can also be used as a storage container for keeping those imperial sized plots in place. A 2-in-1 solution for the haphazard offices.

7. Herringbone / Harris Tweed Scarf

Courtesy of Catherine Aitken

Architects are apparently the sexiest, as seen on television commercials and in Hollywood Movies. This suave and charm often withers as the pile of projects grows larger and the brief site visits become daylong trips. A herringbone or a Harris Tweed scarf completes the ‘architect’ avatar. Specially in winters, with temperatures dropping lower than the time of the day, a personalized stylish scarf would not only protect against the cold, but also remind them of how much you care for him/her.

8. Multimedia Video Glasses / 3D Vision

Courtesy of Carl Zeiss Multimedia OLED – VR ONE

The overworked architectural jargon like ‘3D’ and ‘spatial quality’ can be better illustrated and justified, with this expensive gadget. The multimedia video glasses, are like one step further into the world of virtual reality. Struggling to convince a client who’s too slow to visualize? Here it is! An experiential walk-through from different spaces, conceived and designed as per your dear architect friend.

9. Keyboard Shortcut Skins

Courtesy of Photojojo

Whether they use a MAC, or a windows PC, architects can barely work without keyboard shortcuts. Whether an AutoCAD addict or some Photoshop geek, his fingers are always toggling keys or pressing them in myriad combinations. At times, when they tend to forget or mix up the commands, these keyboard skins, can be a great help. A smart way of doing many things at one go.

10. Some more books

Courtesy of Simon Garfield

All the fond readers of architecture, crave certain titles, no matter how many editions they’ve collected or how many times they’ve read them. May it be Ayn Rand’s evergreen classic ‘Fountainhead’, Doug Patt’s ‘How to Architect’, Simon Garfield’s ‘Just My Type: A Book about Fonts’ or Matthew Frederick’s ‘101 Things I Learned in Architecture School’, the chances are that no architect would ever be less happier to receive these.

By: Khushboo Vyas
source: Arch2O

Program of “ArchMaratahon Awards – Beirut 2015”

Program of “ArchMaratahon Awarads – Beirut 2015”
8-9-10 October – Biel Hall 3



8.30 – 10.00 REGISTRATION
10.00 – 11.00 OPENING CEREMONY
Organizing Committee FLE – Mrs. Jahida Itani
Publicomm – President Simona Finessi
President of the Organization of Arab Architects (OAA) – Dr. Antoine Charbel
President of the Mediterranean Union of Architects (UMAR) – Mr. Andre Bekhaazy
Secretary General of the Federation of Arab Engineers (FAE) – Dr. Adel Al Hadithi
International Union of Architects (UIA) – Mr. Frederic Ragot (on behalf of the President of UIA)
Federation of Lebanese Engineers – President Khaled Chehab
Official patronage, Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament, Mr. Nabih Berri
11.00 – 11.30 EXPO OPENING
11.40 – 11.50 President of Architects Branch, Order of Engineers and Architects of Tripoli – Mr. Wassim Naghi
11.50 – 12.00 Archmarathon Chair Judge – Dr. Luca Molinari
1 12.00 – 12.25 109 Architectes USJ Campus de l’Innovation et du Sport Education Building
2 12.25- 12.50 AAU ANASTAS The National Conservatory of Music Education Building
3 12.50 – 13.15 Abdullah Al-Hadrami Thula Fort Restoration Landscape&Public Spaces
4 13.15 – 13.40 AEB THE FIRE STATION Artist in Residence Arts&Culture
5 13.40 – 14.05 AGI Architects La Ascensión del Señor Church Religious Building
6 15.00 – 15.25 Alataş Architecture & Consulting Ipera 25 Mixed Tenure Housing
7 15.25 – 15.50 Alnasser + Partners JP-Jets VIP terminal Transport
8 15.50 – 16.15 Alper Derinboğaz Augmented Structures Landscape&Public Spaces
9 16.15 – 16.40 Apractice Studio MINA 1394 Office Building Workspaces
10 16.40 – 17.05 AREP Casa-Port railway station Transport
11 17.05 – 17.30 Antonas Office Open Air Office Workspaces
12 17.30 – 17.55 ARX Portugal Ílhavo Maritime Museum Extension Arts&Culture
13 17.55 – 18.20 Atelier130 Senteurs d’Orient Headquarters Workspaces

8.30 – 10.00 REGISTRATION
10.00 – 10.10 President of Architects Branch, Order of Engineers and Architects, Beirut – Mr. Elie Khoury
10.10 – 10.30 Mr. Gökhan Avcıoğlu_GAD ARCHITECTURE. Winner of The Crowd Awards|Archmarathon 2014
1 10.30 – 10.55 BLANKPAGE Architects Amchit Residence Private Housing
2 10.55 – 11.20 gambardellarchitetti Popular Housing Mixed Tenure Housing
3 11.20 – 11.45 Fernandez-Abascal & Muruzábal Unquera Parrish Center Church of the Holy Martyrs Religious Building
4 11.45 – 12.10 Emine Öğün Mehmet Öğün Architects Amanruya Hotel&Leisure
5 12.10 – 12.35 TOPIARIS Tagus Linear Park Landscape&Public Spaces
6 12.35 – 13.00 Francesco Librizzi Studio Casa G Private Housing
7 13.00 – 13.25 Groupe 3 Architectes Mohammed VI Football Academy Education Building
8 15.00 – 15.25 Libya Design Cultural Centre Doshma Cafe Gallery Arts&Culture
9 15.25 – 15.50 Mimarlar ve Han Tümertekin SALT Galata Arts&Culture
10 15.50 – 16.15 MoDus Architects Ring-road Transport
11 16.15 – 16.40 Nikiforidis-Cuomo Architects Redevelopment of the New Waterfront in Thessaloniki Landscape&Public Spaces
12 16.40 – 17.05 OTO Arquitectos Natural Park Headquarters Landscape&Public Spaces
13 17.05 – 17.30 OUALALOU + CHOI VOLUBILIS Arts&Culture
14 17.30 – 17.55 Piuarch Porta Nuova Workspaces

8.30 – 10.00 REGISTRATION
10.00 – 10.10 President of the Architects Association, Order of Engineers and Architects, Beirut – Mr. Habib Sadek
10.10 – 10.30 Mr. Francisco Leiva Ivorra and Mr. Andrés Llopis Pérez_GRUPO ARANEA. Overall Winner|Archmarathon 2014
1 10.30 – 10.55 platau | platform for architecture and urbanism Zgharta house Private Housing
2 10.55 – 11.20 PROMONTORIO L’And Vineyards Hotel Hotel&Leisure
3 11.20 – 11.45 Raëd Abillama Architects IXSIR Winery Hotel&Leisure
4 11.45 – 12.10 Saad El Kabbaj – Driss Kettani – Mohamed Amine Siana Architects Technology School of Guelmim Education Building
5 12.10 – 12.35 Sahel Al Hiyari Architects H.S. House Private Housing
6 12.35 – 13.00 ŞANALarc Sishane Park Transport
7 13.00 – 13.25 ShamsArd Design Studio Moon House Private Housing
8 13.25 – 13.50 Studio Meem Wonderbox Landscape&Public Spaces
9 15.00 – 15.25 Studio TAMassociati Prayer and Meditation Pavilion Religious Building
10 15.25 – 15.50 Studio Toggle Edges Apartments Mixed Tenure Housing
11 15.50 – 16.15 5+1 AA IULM 6 – Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione Education Building
12 16.15 – 16.40 UNRWA Reconstruction of Nahr el Bared Palestine Refugee Camp in northern Lebanon Mixed Tenure Housing
13 16.40 – 17.05 Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra Architect Social Housing in Vallecas Mixed Tenure Housing
14 17.05 – 17.30 EAA – Emre Arolat Architects Sancaklar Mosque Religious Building
15 17.30 – 17.55 Rudy Ricciotti Agency Pont de la République Transport

This Lebanese Guy Turned Snapchat Stories Into Real Art !

is a fun messaging application for sharing moments. You can take a photo or a video, add a caption or doodle, and send it to a friend or add it to your story to share with some or all of your friends. Friends can view snaps for up to 10 seconds, and then it disappears.

As fun as photo-sharing app Snapchat is to use, finding the right people to follow still a problem.

According to Techinsider (a popular international technology online magazine), Georgio Bassil is one of the best professional Snapchat artists in the world.
Georgio Bassil (or his username: Georgio.Copter) is a 21 year old Lebanese student mastering interior architecture at The Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK). This Lebanese Snapchat artist is known for photographing his day to day life and transforming the scenes with colorful monster drawings.
Bassil draw these snaps on his Samsung Galaxy Note 4 using the S-Pen. He says that he started this hobby 2 years ago on his Note 3 device and he added that every drawing takes at least 30 minutes to finish.
– Follow him on Snapchat: Georgio.Copter
– Follow him on Instagram: @Georgio.Copter

Here are some of his Snaps:

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Horsh Beirut partially reopens after 20-year closure

BEIRUT: It has been two weeks since Beirut’s governor reopened the capital’s main public park on Saturday 5 after 20 years of closure, but visits will only be allowed once a week.

For two decades, the park was largely inaccessible to Lebanese over concerns of violence and littering, although Westerners were often allowed in. But after years of campaigning by civil society groups, the public will be able to access the largest green space in the city on Saturdays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

“The most important thing about this is that people will be practicing hobbies and activities that the city had started forgetting,” Mohammed Ayyoub, executive director of NGO Nahnoo, said at the reopening.

Governor Ziad Chebib, who was present at the reopening in the Qasqas area of Beirut, described the move as an “achievement” that was reached with the help of civil society groups that are “well alive with a sense of responsibility.”

In addition to officials, media and activists, several families and Beirut residents descended onto the park, many for the first time in their lives.

During recent years, the main argument made against Horsh Beirut’s reopening was that it could be turned into a space for trouble between people of different sects who live around the park.

The park is located along the line separating Tariq al-Jadideh, a mostly Sunni area, with Beirut’s southern suburbs, which are mostly Shiite.

Souce: The Daily Star

A Sustainable Rise for the World’s Oldest City (Byblos)

ßyblos: One Step Closer to Sustainability. Help the world’s oldest city become a sustainable pioneer

Organisation De Developpement Durable (ODDD) is a local global NGO which was founded in June 2012 and which has been concentrating on spreading the sustainable development concept among local and worldwide communities.

Our vision is to be a platform that promotes and implements sustainable living & development at both local and international levels.

Our mission is to create a transnational community whose aim is to secure economic development, social equity and environmental protection thus leading to a better world.

ODDD is part of the UNESCO GAP on ESD, youth empowerment, and have actively participated in various sustainable summits, namely; earth summit (Rio+20), The Millenium Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda,

ODDD facebook page including the different achieved campaigns
Campaign & Magnitude of the contributionThere is momentum throughout the country to make the Lebanese community more walking, commuting by public transport and cycling-friendly, thereby making them more viable. But, the actual state composition, strategies, and priorities won’t be helpful in achieving such objectives on small nor large scale, leaving Byblos, the oldest inhabited city in the world, to face a rapid development without evaluating its exposures to risks on social, economical and environmental levels.
ODDD took this challenge and led the way by showing an example on how to change the people (citizens and tourists) behavior and upgrade the city’s transportation strategies to meet up with sustainable models.After a full year of studies, researches, analysis, questionnaires, measurements and simulations, an international lab inviting 8 different cities, from 5 different continents,  will be held in Byblos, on October 22nd-24th 2015, to share the specialists’ knowledge and help in developing the Byblos sustainable public transportation strategy.  As well, we will be executing examples of the sustainable urban public transportation fixtures designed by the local community

ODDD FB page campaign event

Your contribution will help us in achieving 4 main tasks:

1-  Execute a sustainable bus shelter designed by youth participants through a competition

2-  Trips and accommodations for the Lab guests from : Boston (USA), Curitiba (BRA), Sousse (TUN), Amman (JOR), Nicosia (CYP), Masdar city (UAE), Byblos (LEB)

3-  The first inner Byblos city bus lane activation  for three days during the Lab, to facilitate people and attendees commuting to the workshop

4-  Execute the sustainable designed road & parking signs for Byblos city which is deeply in need of. (like the transformation of the Liban cable wooden wheel into parking and entrances signs)

What we need and what you get:

·  In order to complete our vision, it comes down to raising a sum of 13000$ that will be parted among four projects.

–  Sustainable Bus shelter: ($4000)

Starting with the number one goal, $3500(execution) + $500(printing and communication) will go to executing a sustainable bus shelter prototype designed beforehand in the “Byblos Bus Shelter Design Competition”.

–  Trips & accommodations: ($4500)

$4500 from your generous contributions will help fund the trips and accommodation of the 7 different countries participating in the Byblos International Lab on sustainable transportation…as an addition to $5000 raised earlier through sponsors.

–  First Byblos Bus lane launch ($2500)

Our target number 3 would be $2500 for activating the three days free bus lane, linking the inner Byblos roads, facilitating the journey to and from LAU University where Byblos International Lab will be taking place. This includes the rental and labeling of 4 buses, bus stop signs and maps giveaways.

–  Sustainable Urban fixtures execution ($2000)

$2000 will go to executing the sustainable designed prototypes of Byblos roads and parking signs, which are a need to better perspicuous streetsThe Impact

One of the campaign main goal is simply to upgrade Byblos city inhabitants lifestyle into a sustainable one, which will lead to a worldwide contribution in fighting climate change, thus a development towards the usage of clean, renewable energy, breathing pollution-free air, increasing human been comfort socially, thermally and economically and finally protecting the environment. Second, bringing large experimented developed cities on board with small scale cities from developing countries is a way to exchange knowledge, culture, technology and experience and join forces to make this world a better sustainable one.

Such project, might have a direct impact on the oldest inhabited city in the world, but also, its international dimension make the impact on a worldwide level, thus your contribution will make difference on local, regional and international level.
Risks and Challenges

Each risk is a challenge, so definitely will deal with it to overcome it in a positive way… In our campaign we have 2 main risks.

(1), the failure of the long term (10years) implementation of the Byblos lab sustainable policies outcome…During nowadays, the local municipality is supporting and is part of the project. Following the upcoming elections, a change might occur in the municipality body, which might influence a change in priorities… Therefore, during this year of studies, we included the local citizens, economical powers, educational bodies alongside the youth generation in the decision making, so they become the natural owners and defenders of the work which aims to answer their right to have access to a sustainable public transportation

(2)  Not meeting the full amount we are raising… In such case, we will go into different fundraising options, related to the mobility such as: sell tickets for cycling tours in Beirut and Byblos, organize a 10km race in the city, or make the tour of Lebanon by bicycle, or sustainable garage sales
Other ways you can help:

(1)Do you find yourself motivated towards spreading sustainable awareness and sharing your knowledge?

Contribution doesn’t only mean financially.

Don’t hesitate contributing your ideas and visions! We are always looking for incentive volunteers on local and international levels, as sustainability is a right for all

(2) Does our campaign find you interest?

You can help Byblos’s mission to becoming one of the world’s top sustainable cities by spreading the word and sharing our work with your friends and on social media.

Source: Indiegogo, ODDD FB Page

19 Things To Know Before Starting Architecture School

19 Things To Know Before Starting Architecture School
Today, I was requested to write an article on what students should or need to know before enrolling at an architecture and design schools, and BY GOD! I wish I had read something on this issue before starting my Architectural School. Everyone who is planning to become an architect and go through the 5 years should know what they are in for. It’s a war zone out there, and every minute you survive you conquer.

  1. You’re in a Permanent, NO WAY OUT, Relationship.

Yes. You need to understand this, absorb it, and create your own mantra out of it. You are taken for LIFE. You will be in a permanent relationship with Architecture. You need to realize this, and even announce it to your friends, family, acquaintances, basically everyone in your social circle. You are married !

  1. Insomnia is NOT a disease.

Before starting architectural school, remember to catch up all the sleep you can, because once you start your school it will only be a fragment of your imagination in a distant memory. All the sleeping hours are going to benefit you, staying up for days with just a couple hours of sleeping in between, you need to be ready for that. If you have insomnia, bravo! It is the key over here. Sleep Deprivation? Forget it ! So this is a positive point, if you have insomnia, you are doing it right. All of us have billions of last minute additions to make.

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  1. Coffee is your best friend.

Trust me, staying up when people around you are sleepy is an important issue! Falling asleep usually ends up in you running late for submissions, and you DON’T want that at any cost. So, I have to introduce you to your new friend, “Coffee”, who helps you to stay up all the night, boosts your energy and keeps you charged.

  1. Be open to ‘Criticism’.

You are going to have countless crits ! So, be prepared !!
Architecture education is all about ‘criticizing’ your work, what else could this be for? Make a shield around you; All the while learn from it. Absorb it, and turn it into something productive. That’s the best of what you can do. It may not always be bad, listen to what the other person has to say. Develop your listening skills.

  1. Existential Crisis.

This is one of the major things you should be ready for. It’ll be customary to question your existence, once a day, twice a week, half a month, every other day of the year. Especially after a crit. It’s okay. You are doing the right thing, don’t worry. This is how it is.

  1. Sleepless night or Power Nap

The coffee might help you, but you need those power naps. DO NOT MISS THEM OUT. Otherwise you are going to end up blabbering stuff the next day. You might think you are funny, but trust me; you won’t be making sense to the other person. They will think that you have gone bonkers and have lost it. You won’t even remember what you have said half the time. You will have mood swings and be edgy. Really, take the NAP; you don’t want to do all this during your jury !

  1. Treat yourself.

You need a healthy diet to help you survive the strenuous day. Make it a point to consume fresh fruits and vegetables now and then, preferably in the morning. I munch a lot while working, the crisps and chips and the dips. The carbohydrate intake is quiet high, and it increases exponentially as the date of the jury comes closer. Goodness, it is disastrous for your health. A little fiber in your diet is very much necessary. ‘An apple a day, keeps the doctor away,’ it’s true !
Once in a while, to unwind, go to a fine dining restaurant and treat yourself.

  1. Invitations to parties.

Before I’ve got into architecture school, my colleagues were inviting me to their birthday parties, but when I started college, I had too much work to do. So, the discussion I was to have, as a result, Why I could never make it to those parties. By time, the number of invitations I got, reduced, and when I asked my friends why I wasn’t invited, they would reply with a hint of sarcasm, ‘oh! We thought you had a studio. You never come anyway.’ But I couldn’t blame them. It was true.

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So you better be ready for this. It’s not that you would regret it, surely you will miss out on some stuff, but please remember our first point? That should be enough to console you. You are, after all, in a relationship with architecture. So don’t mind them, you will make friends that will be your buddies forever after, because they will go through the same ordeal. Party with them, you will meet your school fellows in the vacations !

  1. Trips/ Study Tours.

After a project ends everyone needs a break, where you aren’t chained to a chair or a desk, plan trips with your class and teachers, it’s mandatory. Make it a study tour and go visit historical sites, areas with interesting geography which help you relax. After days of bending over your laptop staring at screens, one needs to unwind and de-stress and traveling to exotic places is the best way. This even helps you bond with your advisors and fellows, who you probably thought were creepy. You listen to music, talk and have dialogues with people you couldn’t relate to before. (I come across some of the best people in my life because if this). Plus anything can inspire you anywhere at any time, so why not?

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10.   Bond with your teachers.

You will need to do this ! The more you talk, even if about random things, it is going to be easy for you to discuss your work with them. You will get to know them, and your ideas will mature under their mentorship without you realizing it. They will provide you with constructive criticism, and although sometimes it can be harsh, and you might not always agree with them. But this will only help you make your argument stronger. They will have ideas and opinions, listen to them. But at the end of the day, do what YOU want to do.

11. Write.

You might have thought that enrolling to an architectural school wouldn’t help you writing that much, and it would just be all visual or working on a computer 24/7. Well you, my dear, are in for a reality check. Writing is very much obligatory/necessary/compulsory. Keep a note book with you at all times, and write whatever you are thinking. Inspiration could strike you anywhere ! You may need these ideas later for your design concept. Just write, even if it’s a word. Write if someone says something, and you find it somehow relevant. Just write, because you wouldn’t want to regret not remembering something important.

12. Sketching.

While you are writing, you will need to sketch as well, because let’s face it, you are an artist, and you can express yourself best when you sketch. You need to sketch and sketch to help you understand your forms, lines and spaces. Remember, you won’t be writing much on your sheets, but your sketches are going to be up there. This helps you to have a strong command on your hand. Where writing helps you have a clarity of ideas, the sketches help you visualize those ideas.

13. Your first plan is trash.

The sooner you realize this, the better. When you are applying to any architectural school, regardless of the area, remember, your first design proposal is going to be ‘REJECTED’. It’s an unsaid rule,so don’t be heartbroken and don’t go into a silent depression. Don’t let the dejection get to you. The teachers or advisors are going to be drawing over your plans and sketches; they will break your model from here and there. This, my friends, would last for ever as long as you are in architectural school ! You will never be done developing your ideas, even few minutes before your final jury!

14. Postures and Backaches.

Recently, a friend of mine got really sick. She couldn’t walk nor sit! She had a severe backache a couple of days before the jury, though she had been complaining about it for weeks, but it took its toll on her. She was on best rest for a good two weeks.

The reason? It was her posture. Crouched and bending over her models for hours and hours, she got the severe pangs. Her posture, according the doctor, was the worst of all.

So remember, lie down and straighten your back every couple of hours or so. Keep a cushion in your studio, a table and with a comfortable chair so that while you are making models or working on your laptop for long hours, you at least have a good comfortable back support.

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15. Music is your companion.

When you are working in your studio, and your friends are away, and you don’t want any disturbance, you’ll be listening to music, and hopefully the choice is good. Music will help you get through and not to get bored. After all, silence will only make you dose off, and random friends gossiping will be a distraction. In our carrier, its well known that background music seems to help architects focus more while working, which is weird for other people !

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16. There is no Pot of Gold at the end.

Please, if you are delusional that you will get paid well as soon as you graduate, get this idea/thought out of your mind. No you won’t be Frank Gehry or Zaha Hadid Architects as soon as you are out. You need to work hard after graduation for that, for many many years. Life of an architect is NOT easy.

17. Its Hard.

Yes, it is. As the years have passed by, I wish I knew how hard this was. I would have done some research, studied some of the architecture, read up on history before I started the school. This would have made a huge difference to my life. Knowing the theory only helps you understand the little details with increased level of clarity. It helps you in your conceptual designing, and would make you develop stronger valid arguments. There is already so much research you have to have to do, plus you have to go through the list of readings assigned by the teachers. Its hectic, and you end up falling down !

18. Documentation.

Photograph everything and anything. Document all the data you have even the crappiest of sketches. Photograph those study models and models from each and every angle. Photograph while you are going somewhere or anywhere. Just keep on snapping pictures. It will help you with your portfolio and your projects and you will be surprised by the end of all of that. These images are going to be your treasures and they would be worth every second.

19. Backup.

Remember, this is the thumb rule. Back-up all your data, all your files, everything. Even that little, tiny and crappy sketch you drew on a torn piece of paper. And make a habit out of this. Because with the kind of softwares we work with, you never know when your system will crash. You also don’t know which USB will actually bring the virus that will destroy everything. I have seen people miserable at the last minute, because they lost their data and ended up not giving the crit. You, literally, DON’T want that.

Have a happy architectural life, once you love it, you can never hate it

Written By: Hajira K. Qazi – Edited By: Ibrahim Abdelhady

Source: Arch2O

ArchMarathon 2015, Lebanon eastern Edition !!


ARCHMARATHON is an International Architecture event that brings together 42 Architecture Design Studios in a unique and unprecedented format.
The first edition took place in November 2014 in Milan and was a great success.
A special edition will be held in Beirut, Lebanon from the 8th to the 10th of October 2015.

To ensure that the one to one meetings go smoothly, each participating Studio will be assisted by the ArchAngels: students of architecture and design who have been chosen by the organization and who will take care of each individual studio during the three days, assisting them in managing their meetings timetable and helping with any logistical requirement.

If you are an architecture student interested in becoming a personal assistant of one of the 42 architects that will attend the Marathon, send an email to

For more details:

USEK’s 40+ Student Expression

As part of the 40th anniversary of Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) is organizing an exhibition entitled “40+ Student Expression”.
This event, hosted by the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, will take place on Thursday June 25, 2015, between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm, in the floor B3 of Building H.
The exhibition will continue until Friday June 26, 2015, from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.

USEK Events
USEK Official Website
USEK Arch Club (U.A.C)

USEK Best Architecture Student Will Work At Renzo Piano’s Office
Every year The Holy Spirit University Of Kaslik (USEK) give a 6 months job opportunity at Renzo Piano Building Workshop for the architecture student who win the first place and get the highest grade on final year senior project.
This year (spring 2015) the prize went to architect Vanessa Houeiss who got 95/100 on her project.
Congratulations to our fellow architect and good luck in the new job.

Source: USEK Arch Club (U.A.C)

10 Typical Perspective Errors

Drawing perspective is considered one of the hardest things in art, except the mistakes usually done are pretty much always the same and can be avoided with a little care.

1. Lines not reaching the vanishing point


Well this is pretty simple to avoid but it’s the most common mistake. It’s probably due to either carelessness or really not having understood the basic of perspective. I encourage you to go back and find some basic tutorial for this.

Anyway, be ALWAYS careful about where to ‘send’ your lines, they NEED to go towards the correct vanishing point or it will just look awkward. Double check if necessary.

And always, ALWAYS use a ruler.

If your style requires lines that are a bit less geometrical (as mine do, I have a style of inking that’s sketchy so ‘perfect’ lines drawn with a ruler usually don’t fit well in the picture) use a ruler anyway for the pencils and then ink later by freehand. At least you’ll have correct guidelines underneath.


For traditional drawing be sure you have a ruler and be sure to use it for each one of your lines.

Modern drawing software will help you a lot with this if you draw directly on computer: painting software such as Clip Studio Paint or Manga Studio 4EX or 5 have perspective tools that will automatically snap your lines towards the vanishing point.


it’s quite a long tutorial, you’ll find the rest under the Read More or you can download the pdf file here

1a. Planes not reaching the vanishing points.

Same thing as before, but very often people send more than one line to the wrong vanishing point.


Try to have your lines being consistent and reaching the right vanishing point. If one side of the plane has a different vanishing point from the opposite side the resulting plane will look awkward.

There are of course cases where you need to use different vanishing points purposefully, but of course you have to be consistent with the rest of the shape you’re drawing. I do not want to add to the confusion so I won’t talk about those instances, so my advice is: avoid doing this until you are confident enough to advance your studies of perspective more.

More often than not those mistaken planes reach a vanishing point that’s outside the horizon line. Let’s remember that vanishing points NEED to be on the horizon line.


Here’s the correct one


2. Depths

This is an error that EVERYONE will do at the beginning and it’s the first telling that someone is a novice. Actually it’s the most common error I’ve ever seen. It’s also an error you see in half the perspective tutorials you’ll find online.

Objects have depths. These depths needs to be not as long as you imagine it.

This is a cube:


Actually it’s not.
This one is:


It looks much more like an actual cube.
At the beginning you’ll tend to make depths MUCH MUCH longer than they should be. And this is something you can correct only with exercise and double checking everything.


That shutter is gigantic.

Furthermore, the closest you get to Horizon Line the ‘thinner’ the depth of the object should be.
Not like this:


If you walk in front of that building over there you’ll have a Km long building. That won’t do.

Actually like this:


Be always careful with skylines, you’ll tend to draw monsters longer than 10 Km. If it’s a central perspective you can easily draw the skyline with no depth at all like this


With a 2 point perspective the skyline will need a tiny bit of depth but be careful not to overdo.

The only thing you can do is exercise and exercise and exercise and you’ll get the hang of it.
3. Repeating Depths

Repeating distances are often mistaken by beginners. Because it’s one of the things you think you should do by guessing, the point is that no, it should be done with rulers, otherwise it’ll look weird.


You have to use rulers. These are the steps:
Draw the first unit by guessing the depth


Draw three lines in perspective like this: base, height and exact halfimage

Draw a diagonal

Find the new unit thanks to that diagonal

Keep drawing diagonals

Now use this as a base to draw the rest

4. Planes tangent to Horizon Line

This is not an error per se, but it’s just ugly to see. Unless you’re doing a geometrical architecture drawing where the exact measurements are important (in that case I’m afraid this is not the tutorial for you) you can change things to help the general image.
Why do this if you can just move the table a bit and or making it a bit taller to make it look better?



When the planes meet in an awkward way either with the Horizon Line or with each other it look false, it look constructed and honestly it doesn’t help composition one bit.


The drawing is yours, you decide what to do with it, you are not forced to put that table there, if you need to then change it.
5. Lines with no width variations

Another thing that help a lot in giving a sense of depth is variating the width of the inking (or pencil) lines. Closer objects with wider lines and objects far away with thinner lines. It’s simple.


The first one catches your eyes to the far point where all those lines go and make a mess, the second one gives you a sensation of depth.. The ink help perspective a lot.
6. Patterns and details going on towards the infinite

This point reconnects to #2, things get smaller when you approach the L.O, why would you keep drawing those tiles forever?


They tend to distract the eye and it just becomes a big horrible black area while probably your focus for the image was elsewhere. This is something I see a lot with bricks on the walls. At a certain point drawing every single detail hurt the drawing, so you should stop.
The best thing to do is to artfully lower the details level. This is difficult most of the time because you need to tune the amount of details with the image and it’s something that will come easy with time and exercise.


Also details on repetitive objects need to have a lower definition while approaching the Horizon Line, you can’t keep drawing ever single decorated nook of those windows:


It is better to simplify. For example you don’t have to repeat all the details in the bricks for all the windows. Just removing that alone you image is much less of a mess.


Using thinner lines (see previous point) of course help a lot.

7. Objects with no depth and finishings

Another error that look really bad in illustrations and comic pages is when things have no depth and finishings.


Ok that one looks like it’s a sticker on a wall.

I can understand rush and I understand that perspective is long and boring but you can’t do things half-way, it will look weird. Windows and objects are not cardboard cutouts they have depths!
The way to correct this is using references. Go find a real life one, or a photo, or google it.


Have fun with the details, give life to your drawings!

I can understand that different people have different styles but more cartoonish kind of drawings still need a base in reality, and a realistic preparation cannot do anything but help the artist.

8. Central perspective exaggerated
Well, just don’t do it.
If you need to draw a widespread panel just use 2 points perspective.
Central perspective has limitations, and those limitations are: if you bring objects too far the measurements gets weird.


The light blue one is a cube, the other is…. Not.

9. Misplaced Vanishing points and exaggerated perspective

While there are some masters that can exasperate perspective to create really dashing images those are people who have a deep understanding of every rule of perspective and know when to break them. If you’re reading this tutorial chances are that you are not one of those (as I’m neither, I’m good but I cannot do weird things and still make them look good as other people can) so you definitely should avoid doing this.
Placing vanishing points too close or inside the panel/illustration will result in awkward things.


Well, no.


Avoid placing vanishing points INSIDE the panel, really. I don’t even know what’s happening in that door….

And anyway you’re not required of drawing everything, if you notice that keeping drawing towards the borders makes the perspective look weird you’re allowed to crop the drawing there and end the panel or the illustration. You don’t need to keep going on to the infinite, ok?


You are allowed to crop.
I’ve treated how to place vanishing points in another tutorial you can find here.
10. Characters not in perspective


Well, characters need to fit an environment as well. You can’t have tiny people next to a gigantic door.


Be always careful about proportions.

As well as that you need to be careful with relationships between characters as well, characters far away need to be put in relation with characters in front.


Be careful about this. And if you need, help yourself with perspective lines so you can understand the size of your characters. But this is another thing that will come easy only with exercise and making mistakes again and again and again.

This last point has been expanded here.
That’s pretty much it. Actually the most common are without a doubt the first two points, work towards correcting those two and you are already halfway there.

By Martina

Top 10 Sexiest Jobs for Men

When it comes to wooing the ladies, some careers have an edge over others. While the stereotypes of sexy policemen and doctors still persists, we’re finding that women also go weak in the knees for a man in a well-tailored suit – such as lawyers, architects and accountants.

While some of these careers come with a big pocketbook, others come with more altruistic or creative responsibilities. There’s just something irresistible about a man who wants to make the world a better place.

No matter the reason, here are the top 10 careers women find to be the most attractive in a potential partner.

  1. Architect

    Architect in a suit
    Annual Salary: $73,090

    If there’s one thing a woman wants in a man, it’s commitment and stability. Nothing screams commitment like something that is built on a concrete foundation and set in stone: literally. Go ahead, then. Design something that will last forever. You won’t hear any complaints from the ladies.

  2. Lawyer

    Image of a Lawyer
    Annual Salary: $113,530

    It never hurts to have someone with an intimate knowledge of the law on your side. Add the allure of a courtroom drama or two, the sophistication of a well-tailored suit, and you’re well on your way to being more than just desirable.

  3. Doctor

    Image of a Male Doctor
    Annual Salary: $187,200

    Doctors are caring, smart, and incredibly skilled. What woman doesn’t want a man who touches so many hearts? And I’ll tell you one thing: the income isn’t going to hurt a bit.

  4. Marketing

    Image of a Male Marketing Manager
    Annual Salary: $67,780

    Presentation is everything. No woman likes a slob, so an innate ability to put your best foot forward will help you to get that foot in the door. Put on the right display, and she’ll realize that you’re that little something she’s been missing all along.

  5. Teacher

    Image of a Male Teacher
    Annual Salary: $55,050

    What girl didn’t have a professor crush or two in college? Knowledge is power and power is sexy. End of story. Throw in some boldly-framed glasses and an academic affinity for the finer things in life, and the women will be happy to learn another thing or two about you.

  6. Environmental Scientist

    Image of a Male Environmental Scientist
    Annual Salary: $63,570

    If green is the new black, then a green thumb is the new standard for sexual appeal. Let’s be real, nothing indicates a sensitive side more than a guy who’s dedicated to keeping the earth fresh for the next generation. And probably save the whales while he’s at it.

  7. Engineer

    Image of a Male Engineer
    Annual Salary: $79,340

    Known as the ultimate problem-solvers, engineers know just about everything, and use that knowledge to solve complex problems. It seems men have always complained that they just don’t understand women. Maybe now some of them do. What gal wouldn’t want that?

  8. Physical Therapist

    Image of a Male Physical Therapist
    Annual Salary: $79,860

    You’ll never hear a woman complain about a man who is good with his hands. She’ll always be up for a quick massage after work. But not to worry, chances are, she’ll be happy to return the favor.

  9. Accountant

    Image of a Male Accountant
    Annual Salary: $63,550

    Historically, accountants have had a reputation for being good with money, and not much else. Clearly, today’s ladies disagree. If he organizes his socks with half the skill he applies to organizing spreadsheets and financial records, then he’s an absolute keeper.

  10. Police

    Image of a Male Police Officer
    Annual Salary: $56,980

    Let’s get real: sometimes a woman just wants her man to take charge. Who better to do that than a guy in law enforcement? A little authority can go a long way with a woman. Go get the baddies, just be sure to keep an extra pair of handcuffs at home for later.


How Architects Use Social Media Today


In the last five years, we have experienced a boom in social media as a means of sharing and exchanging ideas using textual, auditory or visual information. This has permeated across disciplines and lives of many and has changed the way we communicate with the world. Among other disciplines this has also affected the way an architect communicates with the world, to keep up with the growing needs of communication through social media platforms. Rob Kitchin and Martin Dodge talk in depth about how our space is created through software and media elements in ‘Code / Space: Software and Everyday Life’. Explained through everyday experiences, their theory explores the inter-relationship between software, space, and everyday life. An architect has the ability to freely manifest ideas through social media and as mobile technology has become commonplace, a multiple platform approach has enabled a network of millions to connect with each other globally at the touch of a button. The power of social media in business is no longer debated and is a tool which naturally lends itself to the role of the architect.

How Architects Use Social Media

Social media promotes dialogue with other professionals and among many communication platforms used daily, the popular ones are Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, reddit, which offer different ways of communication and showcasing opportunities reaching a diverse global audience. As the largest social networking service, Facebook alone has 1.28 billion users and Swiss practice Herzog & de Meuron are a favorite with 178,000 followers. Founding architect of BIG, Bjarke Ingels has an impressive 33,000 followers on his Instagram. Photos are posted of not only latest architectural interests but also of personal highlights throughout the week – perhaps with the aim to better relate to general public.

Image Courtesy: Smartegies - How Architects Use Social Media

Connecting creative professionals with shared interests can provide insight into world-wide trends, developments in architecture and the opportunity to gather valuable research. While some of the celebrity architects prefer to avoid social media appearances, there are many who exploit it to connect to their audiences, to share their thought processes, or to engage in collective interdisciplinary discussions.Social media also provides a forum for academic debate among individuals with a passion for the built environment and an insight to creative thinking processes. It has the capacity to become an intrinsic part of the design process as well as studio activities. Social media creates an entire network of interactions and its transference into physical reality can be seen as ‘Invisible Cities’, an application developed by Schema design in which geo-mapping of online activities, tweets, becomes visible through point by point 3D visual representation, creating new possibilities for architecture to view the surrounding environment as an informational landscape, a virtual architecture per say.

Image Courtesy: Schema - How Architects Use Social Media

It is up to architects to reinterpret and make full use of the available media tools in order to create our future cities in concordance with the emerging virtual reality. How people interact with their surroundings online and offline, both, is going to be as important in the future as it is essential for successful businesses to have a website today. We have reached a point where social media has the ability to change the functionality of a space instantly – a café can turn into an office with the simple action of opening a laptop, connecting to the internet and communicating with the clients, for example.

As with many aspects of technology, caution must also be exerted in the use of social media. Firms may be poorly represented, the reality of images over exaggerated and mistakes made in a very public manner which could be damaging. Balance must also be exercised between the amount of time spent on social media opportunities and other aspects of architect’s work. Maintaining an online presence requires regular updates and posted material may be announced, praised or criticised in a matter of minutes while the public watches intently. We are coming to a point where, to correctly and responsibly make use of all online media resources, a ‘Schematic Blueprint’ will be required. As an example of how this could be achieved Andrew Hawkins of Hawkins Architecture, organises the uses and goals of some platforms, and divides them into several main categories seen in the image.

Image Courtesy: Hawkins - How Architects Use Social Media

 In this rapidly developing digital environment, advancements in the area of digital applications are being made, in particular an augmented reality app which is being tested on MVRDV’s Markthal Rotterdam opened in October this year.

Image Courtesy: MVRDV - How Architects Use Social Media

The Netherlands Architecture Institute has developed an application, named SARA, wherein a mobile phone is used to scan a building giving instant access to a 3D model with layers of building development and its architect’s entire digital presence on-line. This application is significant in transforming the way users connects with their built environment.

Image Courtesy: Rotterdam Media Commission - How Architects Use Social Media

Datagrove, a media installation by Future cities lab explores how online activities can mirror to a material level, which can then actively transform characteristics of our surroundings and social relations within society.

Image Courtesy: Future Cities Lab - How Architects Use Social Media

With physical and audible representation of the invisible social media, Datagrove broadcasts trending phrases from nearby environment and creates a space for public to discuss, laugh, and debate as they gather in a small shelter for contemplation and exchanging of data.

Image Courtesy: Future Cities Lab - How Architects Use Social Media

While the structure maintains a visual appeal, authors communicate metaphorical online activity into a ‘physical’ cloud in reality through various spheres of light and sound, bringing varying thoughts of the users together.

Image Courtesy: Future Cities Lab - How Architects Use Social Media

By: Sushant Verma, Lucy Cassels, Boris Timev

Transparent Solar Cells That Could Power Our Skyscrapers

Transparent Solar Cells That Could Power Our Skyscrapers and Cell Phones

MIT scientists are making solar cells that could make ordinary items, such as, windows and electronic gadgets create their own power, without adjusting what they look like, or hold the capacity to power them via battery today. These new cells are capable of absorbing infrared and ultraviolet light only. Visible light goes through the cells unobstructed, so our eyes do not know they are there. Furthermore, the analysts have used coatings on their new solar cells, which consist of different materials, and have employed them to be used in displays utilizing encompassing light. They think that utilizing covered windows in skyscrapers could give more than a quarter of theses building’s energy needs without transforming their appearance. They are presently starting to coordinate their sun based cells into buyer items, including cell phone displays.

20130617-transparent-solar-cells-1Image Source: Justin Knight / MIT – Vladimir Bulović of electrical engineering and computer science (left), Miles Barr PhD (right), are making transparent solar cells that could one day be deposited on everyday objects, from mobile devices to windows, turning surfaces everywhere into low-cost energy harvesting systems. This research was supported by the MIT Center for Excitonics, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the US Department of Energy.

Creating another solar cell that can compete financially with today’s solar cells is difficult, given existing arrangement methods. However, a photovoltaic (PV) cell can bend all these rules. It could be stored on any surface without darkening the look of the basic material. “You can have zebra stripes or elephant foot shaped impressions or whatever you need underneath in light of the fact that the phones that sit on top are imperceptible,” says Vladimir Bulović, professor of electrical engineering and chief of MIT’s Microsystems Technology Laboratories. “They could be on everything around you. Including every one of your windows and you would not even notice them.”

The design was inspired by Lunt’s idea, the group that originally created the transparent cell. The thickest layer (toward the left) is the glass, plastic, or other transparent substrate being coated; the multiple layers of the PV coating are toward the right. At the core of the coating are the two active layers; the absorptive semiconductor materials that get excited by sunlight and interact, creating an electric field that causes current to flow. Sandwiching those layers are electrodes that connect to the external circuit, which carries the current out of the device. Both of the electrodes must be transparent and not the usual reflective metal. Furthermore, a layer on the back of the cell can be added to reflect sunlight of selected wavelengths, sending it back for a second pass through the active layers. Finally, anti reflective coatings can be used on both outside surfaces to reduce reflections, because any light that potentially reflects as much as ten percent of the total, does not go through the device.”We utilize a blend of atomic designing, optical configuration, and gadget streamlining a comprehensive way to deal with planning the straightforward gadget,” says Barr who co-founded a company with Lunt, Bulović, & Bart that is called Ubiquitous Energy, a name that reflects their vision of PVs seamlessly being deployed throughout our everyday life.

20130617-transparent-solar-cells-3Image Source: MIT – This schematic diagram shows the key components in the novel transparent photovoltaic (PV) device, which transmits visible light while capturing ultraviolet (UV) and near-infrared (NIR) light. The PV coating—the series of thin layers at the right—is deposited on the piece of glass, plastic, or other transparent substrate. At the core of the coating are the active layers, which absorb the UV and NIR light and cause current to flow, via the two transparent electrodes, through an external circuit. The reflector sends UV and NIR light back into the active layers, while the anti-reflective (AR) coatings on the outside surfaces maximize incoming light by reducing reflections.

However, the expense of executing this technology will differ with the custom application, solar cell proficiency, and other different factors. For example, the procedures utilized, as a part of creating the new PV cells, are environmental friendly and not energy intensive. In fact, the coatings are kept at about room temperature, so the solar PV cells can be fixed on basically any kind of surface. There is no compelling reason to utilize glass, which is an unreasonable part in the manufacture of traditional frameworks.

Perceiving the business capability of this innovation, they are proceeding with improvement work to streamline their PVs, utilizing distinctive semiconductor materials and gadget arrangements that will prompt higher efficiencies and better transparencies. Also, they are making sense of how to incorporate the PVs into customer items that will perform their standard capacities and harvest energy.


The Architect’s wife

The Architect's wife

Growing up I never imagined I would marry an Architect (what do they even do??!). Movies always paint them to be serious, black turtleneck wearing types with paper everywhere. (Guys in turtlenecks aren’t hot. Sorry Steve Jobs). The reality is far from this, thank God!

Going through university, I somewhat sailed through my 3 year business course. It was a mix of (sometimes) attending lectures and convincing tutor’s they had seen me in class at least once before. My then boyfriend (now Husband) had a much different experience. I watched from the sidelines, and occasionally got in the trenches, as he endured six gruelling, sleepless years to achieve the title of “Graduate Architect”. I have yet to see another course that pushes people like that. I think I would have snapped. A lot of people do, because the 1st year’s intake rarely reflects the size of the graduating class.

Once you complete your degree you’re raring and ready to go. Ready for the glory. Ready for the pay day. Logic might have you believe a person with a Masters degree is going to earn more than a person with a Bachelors degree. You’d be wrong if the Masters is of Architecture. Can you believe that someone who spent six years of their life studying the design of the built form (the creator of one of the most basic needs: shelter) earns about $42,000 their first year out of university? I couldn’t and I still think it’s a joke. A graduate Engineer earns anywhere from $60,000 in their first year out. What is it that sees society place more value on Engineers than Architects?

It’s no secret there is a long running Architect vs Engineer rivalry. Engineers are all like “Why you design hard stuff we have to stretch our formulas to make work?” and Architect’s be like “Why you so lazy that you refuse to try anything new?” Alas I digress. But with more training at a Graduate level, I think it is easy to see why Architects are peeved. Engineers earn more and study less, then society hands them a sweet pay day.

Back on topic, why are Architects so maligned? Why have we become so closed off to this form of artistry that we would rather see hideous, extruded, cookie cutter buildings adorn our skylines than something fit for use, amazing and outstanding?

I think there are a few reasons. The first being the terrible public relations job of the Australian Institute of Architects. The AIA seem to be MIA in a major way. They are not educating people about what it is that Architect’s actually do; they are not pointing out the value they contribute; and they are most definitely not making inroads to changing community perceptions about architecture and its importance. This lack of effort and lobbying from the AIA in my opinion has given rise to ability of a person to complete a one year TAFE degree, call themself a Building Designer, and directly compete with an Architect. What the? In what parallel universe has the AIA been so distracted that it allowed pesky Building Designers to encroach on the turf of Architects? Oh right, this universe.

This might seem like a purely bitter lament and in part it is. It is difficult to see the man I married and his peers having to accept low wages; competing for business with building designers; and justifying everyday to the masses why their role is relevant and required.

So please, if you know an Architect, hug them. Ask them what it is they do and actually listen. The next time you think of building a new place or extending an old one, call an Architect. Don’t accept poor design because Architects seem to loom large as an unknown quantity who will charge you the earth for a kitchen redesign. None of that is true. Architects are like the Doctors of the design world. You wouldn’t trust a 1st year medical student to remove your appendix, so why trust a building designer with your design project?

Take a chance, try an Architect. You won’t be disappointed.
Trust me, I’m an Architect’s wife.

Source: Chelsea van Riet

The Struggle Is Real: 10 Feelings Experienced By Every Architecture Student

Architecture school: It’s a veritable cauldron of emotions, the like of which is unlikely to compare with any other environment we will work in. The extreme highs and lows that accompany every late night design session and critical review can be exhausting – each semester brings with it mental challenges that leave a permanent impression on the mind of each and every one of us.

But, while the infamous ‘architorture’ can feel pretty unbearable at the time, each psychological hurdle cleared is another step towards realising your dream of becoming an architect – and toughens you up for the trials of professional life. Below are 10 classic feelings you will undoubtedly experience at least once during student life – embrace the FEELS and remember… we’ve all been there. #StayStrong

  1. When you forget to sleep that week before the final review.


  1. When someone complains about having stayed up until 1am to finish their essay.


  1. When someone says “Must be fun, drawing pretty pictures for a living.”


  1. When You Hit ‘Hatch’… and Autocad Crashes.


  1. When You Hit ‘Save’… and You’ve Run Out of Memory.


  1. When you finally go to bed… but continue to redesign your project in your head.


  1. When you are told the laser cutter has broken down.


  1. When someone tells you their favorite architect is Frank Gehry.


  1. When you are printing out… and realize you forgot to fix the scale on your drawings.


  1. When sit down after handing your final project in.

SOURCE: The Angry Architect

The 15th Jaderji Awards


Results of the 15th Jaderji Awards 2015 for young Lebanese architects (for 2013-2014 projects):

– 1st Prize: Teddy Touma (USEK)
– 2nd Prize: Acile Sfeir (AUB)
– 3rd Prize: Mariane Ghrayche (USEK)

Congrats for the winners !!