How do you form friends in architecture?

This question can even be framed as…how do you judge people in architecture?

Moving on from the third year of architecture in my college, I’ve seen friends circles get formed and broken, in my studio as well as throughout the college. I’ve seen also the general stereotyping that goes around in every studio – there are roughly three groups of people:

1. The A-grader – The person (or group of people) who consistently score high marks, turn their assignments in on time, attend every class in time, and generally have a spotless academic record. They are also the ones who keep their design professors happy, by adhering to whatever code of requirements or standards that have been set, and produce safe(?) designs. This is also the group generally regarded as not being able to design well, both by seniors and the faculty. (No kidding – I’ve had teachers ask the class in general – “Who are the ones who generally get A grades; not the ones who do design well, but get A grades?”) These people will be well known in college, although it might be for all the wrong reasons.

2. The average Joe (or Jane) – This group of people don’t do anyone any harm – neither the first group nor the third, which I’ll mention below. They are also largely invisible, because the kind of work they do doesn’t stir up the design gods for spoiling the sanctity(?) of design, nor does it stir up anything else, either. Less fastidious in design submissions, for them architecture is any other course – they are here to get a degree as quickly as possible and with as much less noise as possible.

3. The design demi-gods (or so they think of themselves) – The select few in each class, who would like to think of themselves as being responsible for raising the standard of the college as a whole, or at least their class; they usually do not turn in their designs on time, waiting for the perfect moment of inspiration to strike – they might be known outside their class for being the non-conformists (and that is a good thing, right?) Their designs might be lauded for their ingenuity or teared down for its absurdity – whatever it is, they’ll do a good job of keeping themselves noticed (whether intentional or not).

For anyone waiting with hatchets to tear this post down – if you didn’t get the irony, read it again.

What categories of people are there in your studio (or college?) Does this kind of categorisation happen in your college, in the first place?

Which brings me to the initial question – how do you really judge people in architecture? While similar lists can probably be drawn up for other professions or courses (there was one for my school as well) nowhere else has I found broad categorisations about the way people work dictate the way they look at other people or form friendships.

I’m a hypocrite -although I’ve pointed this out, I’m guilty of this myself and I’ve wanted this post to be a satire on the way I see things happening.

Do you find work based associations forming friendships more other important ideals?

7 thoughts on “How do you form friends in architecture?”

  1. True to a large extent but this is, as you said a very broad categorisation sarat. I feel you can go a lil more into detail in your future posts. It’ll make them a lot better. Good luck!

  2. I think this categorisation is more or less true in our Collge…. but I don’t think friends form within these circles. You’ll always find two or all of these groups of people in most ‘friend circles’. This kinda makes the intent of the article blurry…. but like your style of writing. Good job!

  3. To begin with, the language that has been used to spin this article is that of intellect. But I would disagree with the classification of people based on their grades and priorities.I believe that each person has an identity and character that describes them, and nobody is the same as another. We cannot judge people based on their course or decide on bonding with someone based on their perspective to deadlines. Yes, everyone wants their degree. Everyone who submits on time cannot be grouped together as those who adhere to their faculty’s mindset and not have a mind or process of their own. Everyone tries to attain a fraction of satisfaction on their product. With the college’s deadlines and imposed limitations, we could possibly achieve the slightest satisfaction with our unfinished design. Nobody really is done. Ever. In reality or training, we always have a deadline.And trying to keep up with it does not imply that one has not attempted or given their best. And moving on to the design demi-“gods”. Like I said, no such god. Just what each one thinks of as best. God is our perception that we create based on our perspective of thought, whether in nature or in design. Yes we have got some with the weirdest (good or bad, based on who is viewing at it) ideas. Yes, we have got some who hand the canvas over to the faculty, and don’t have a mind of their own. Yes, we have got those who require grades as assets. And yes, we have got those who keep time constraints as an important determinant to their process. But that does not allow us to judge their character or group them into clans based on their attitudes and priorities. I think there is much more to a person rather than classifying them into three types,and picking them out of a box based on these descriptions. Also sometimes the circles are broken and formed, for we hallucinate the existence of these pointers to the clans.

    This is only my perspective to it, Sarat. And that was yours. And nothing maybe right. But loved the article, for it stirred something up. Finally Waiting for more.

    1. If you want to ‘judge people in architecture’ you should look into their sleep and work cycles..

  4. This article taught me to never underestimate the seductive power of a decent vocabulary which i could find in your folktale….(“Round of applause to u “)…
    judgemental and presumptuous are two words that i could link the article to the way u have thought to define friendship
    ..yes indeed , on a broad note you do find people in the above mentioned categories . ..but not matter you do math or do art friends happen to you …

    Judging ..believe me is not a fair deal .. coz you have not walked his or her path and to quantify or qualify it would be egoistic to restrict it to your intensions,,,

    but loved the way its been put up ..had good tym reading it

    Zone president 6
    NASA India

    1. Sabareesh – well thanks for that 🙂

      I think the main issue with this article is that ‘judging’ and ‘making friends’ is viewed on the same level.

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