Dear Architecture Student (Part 2)

Hey Everyone!

Sorry I had been away for so long, school has been a handful. The post before this got a lot of feedback (although not in the comment section). So I will be writing more on my experiences as a masters student. This post is mostly going to be about the differences between here and home (Nigeria). I hope you enjoy it. I’m always available to answer any questions and if you have any ideas for the next post in this series, please feel free to comment.

You call your tutors by name! (You can shout FUNKEEEEE)

Well, I was as surprised as you are. At home, you don’t dare call Arc. Gbelepawo, Mr. Gbelepawo, you’ll never hear the end of it. Worse still, calling Dr. Kososhi, Arc. Kososhi! The next thing is ”do you think you can buy that Doctor in the market” “do you know how many years I studied for it” And then word on the 4th floor is that “Tanimola is a rude child”

Unlimited Wifi

It took me a while to get used to this, I had the whole ‘download while you can’ mentality initially but as time went on, I learnt that here we STREEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMM! (But ensure you have a good VPN)

Mixed Housing

Yep! you heard me right. In my apartment, we’re only two girls, it’s really common here.

Research and Dissertation Writing

When I got here, I quickly learnt that the project I thought I did at home was a joke. I never really learnt how to research or write properly or critically. I remember when turned in my draft dissertation, I had a 50% similarity. I wanted to die. It was then that realized that I breezed my way through my “project”

Architectural design studio.

This module requires you to think and design out of the box. The designs are so mind blowing and it’s scary. Whenever I feel like I have done something so remarkable, I get to jury and I am blown away. The orientation is pretty different. At home, we are taught to be very practical and this can be very limiting, here, there are no limits, your design theory or inspiration can be from anything; movie, a book, an essay, as long as you can properly represent it. This goes without saying that you need to be really proficient in Photoshop.

Model Making

At home, there was always a way to sneak out or not do models. Here, I have done about 5 models so far. It’s really shocking. I have found that it really helps me to visualize my design which leaves little room for errors when I actually start drafting.

Building Structures

As shocking as it is, it is not common for you to be taught structures here. As far as they are concerned, it is really not your business. That’s what the civil engineer and the structural engineer are for.

Personal study.

In masters level, the contact time is very minimal so it is really important for you to devote a lot of time to personal study. It is really easy to get carried a way by watching movies and all. But when you remember what your parents are paying, you’ll fix up real quick.

These are the some things I have noticed so far. I hope it was informative enough. As always, like, comment and share.


P.S. There are still so many other things but I think I have bored you enough for one day


6 thoughts on “Dear Architecture Student (Part 2)

  1. Lmaoooo reading this was super fun and informative. It’s so funny how different places and schools have different outlooks on architecture learning. My school is all for structures as well but still quite explorative. I do the bare minimum in photoshop tho, I prefer illustrator.

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    1. I know right. In my undergrad, we were so practical, but here, they’re really artsy and abstract
      It’s been quite a ride trying to adjust
      It depends on what I need to do but I think I prefer photoshop


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