Have you faced difficulty in finding job as an ‘Architect’??

Have you wished for a networking website dedicated to architects??

Do you think that as an architecture firm, you don’t have a professional platform to display your work??

As a student do you feel incompetent of getting a job once you graduate??

After doing architecture do you want to explore as a designer??

For all the above questions this blog is the answer. Welcome back to the blog. We are here with yet another blog on an interesting topic. Now if you are a 3rd year architecture student or an Architect who has an experience of 3 years you might have faced one of the above problems.

If yes, then this blog is for you. If NOT, then we have other blogs which might interest you, just roam around the website and you’ll find something of your interest.

Let’s face it! As Architects, when we start thinking of Networking the maximum, all we know is call our dad’s best friend or some of our distant relatives, with whom we haven’t had a conversation, because architecture was keeping us busy.

So busy that while studying we merely got time to network ourselves and hence less/ no exposure to the community of architects.

Google definition of ‘NETWORKING’ is the action or process of interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts

As a young architect job employment is another issue. Yeah, now people might talk about job portals, but frankly we all know how difficult cracking a job is.

We all have our imagination of what type of architecture we want to practice but due to the lack of knowledge about these firms we tend to find what is available and settle for what we get and not for what we want.

When it comes to management and know-how of a firm we know very less and mostly we learn through our bad experiences. Now let’s not talk about taxes!! That’s another topic which we’ll cover in some other blog, for now the focus of the blog is on networking and a platform for architects is current need of the hour.

While scrolling through internet I found this website called “ARCHITECTONICS.IN”.

My first impression of this website was quick, interesting graphics and simple. Most of the websites get it wrong in these basic criteria. After logging in this is what it looks like, where you can see projects uploaded by different architects.

When you login you are asked if you are a designer or design firm or a photography enthusiast. There are four categories the website is divided into. Let’s discuss all these one by one.

Managing our website and keeping people in our network updated about the latest work is difficult. This is quite simple on ‘ARCHITECTONICS’ because you are just a click away from creating a new project. Every quarter we might have a new project if specifically working in INTERIORS.

Design is an ever-evolving process, and a learning experience. The main advantage of this website is that it provides a platform for discussion on design, where other professionals can help you grow with advice, remarks, suggestions.

A healthy constructive criticism makes our design ideology stronger, and the whole point of the website is growing by minimizing the negative and maximizing the positives.

Architecture is a creative endeavor and we are not just restricted to buildings. Artwork, furniture design, photography, writing are some activities from many. Like in my case, I work as a Junior Architect and writing is my passion through which I explore my skills and learn by reading about different ventures.

Now this is a common phenomenon with architects practicing different art forms. There are platforms where you can upload your professional work and platforms where you can upload your hobbies.

In today’s world clients are not just looking for designer but a package in you as an architect, so when you display your art form on the same platform it emerges as an edge over other fellow architects. You can upload your work as a designer on this website, thereby adding more value to your portfolio.

You can surely design well but if it is not documented in different forms then you can’t survive in today’s market. In this, photography is the strongest medium I feel. You can display your skills by showing them the photographs of projects completed by you which will help you gain confidence of the client.

Now, here people will be of an opinion that 3D visualization can also help, but I’ll disagree to this as completed projects will have more weightage than a 3D render. A professional photographer is the Artist who can exemplify the design to another level.

Another aspect of the photography segment is that if you have a skill for photography then you can upload your ‘ARCHISHOTS’ which can be any photographs taken by you related to architectural photography.

They have something called as ATO STORE which is a merchandise store with products related to architecture. They have coffee mugs, t-shirts, pullovers. I personally liked the Grey Pullover, so if somebody from Architectonics Team is reading this blog you can get in touch with me for this. This site is a complete package of experiences.

Currently on the site we can experience designers, architects and photographers interacting on a dedicated platform. To sum up this we have a combination of different categories which were not available until now. I’ll suggest you to signup and experience it yourself.

If you are someone who has their own firm or you are a student of architecture, this website acts as a one stop solution. A diversified exposure to your startup can be achieved over here. If you are a student, you can help yourself with landing for an internship.

In my opinion this is the future for people in and around architecture. And if you are not part of the future then you are missing out on something interesting.

Link for the website: https://architectonics.in/

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Best Websites for Design and Architecture Lessons Online. (Free & Paid)

Hello everyone!!

Welcome back to the blog. Today we are going to discuss some websites where you can learn about Architecture. Learning is a process which shouldn’t stop when the college stops. I call it a process, as it is an intrinsic aspect of our daily lives, that fuels holistic growth. Here’s my list of 10 websites catering to different aspects of architecture.

The video lessons on design and architecture cover all learning levels, from beginner to advanced levels. This makes it easy for students to start from scratch and become experts after completing the course. Many of the lessons feature theory and practical exercises that help students to apply the knowledge they have gained about architecture and design. It helps in gaining inspiration, creating ideas and being able to work with clients.

1. Design and Architecture Masterclass with Frank Gehry.

You are living under a den if you don’t know Frank Gehry, even if you are a first-year architecture student you should know him, read about him and his philosophies. You might have heard about this course as this already quite famous and I’ll recommend it to. This online course features 17 video lessons.

During this course the students learn about creativity, design philosophies, and the approaches to architecture that have worked for Frank Gehry. The course also covers essential areas as working with a team and the client, growing a business to deliver excellent design and architecture services.

Frank Gehry describes his design style and uses a case study from his past project – the Iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall, which remains an architectural wonder. At the end of this course, all participants will have best ideas on how to confidently explore talent and resources to create outstanding architectural designs. 

2. Udemy – Design and Architecture Lessons Online.

This website offers different types of lessons on a diverse range of topics to choose from. I recommend reading the description beforehand, as the IT based architecture courses are merged with the regular ones. Also while you enter the course you can see the rating, tutor detail, what you’ll learn, requirements (if any) and you also have a detailed description about the course which you can read and take a decision to take the course or not.

The website is quite user friendly and offers a video preview of how the course will be. You get a full lifetime access, and you can view this on TV and mobile. After completion of the course you also get a Completion Certificate. The beauty of these courses is that you can complete them at your own pace.

3. Coursera – Design and Architecture Lessons Online.

Besides having a wide range of choices from courses to degree programs, this website is associated with leading websites. Hence, on completion you get a certificate from the University. They have courses for beginners to expert level of courses.

There are multiple details which are seen on the frontend when you open a course, like 100% online, flexible deadlines, beginner level, approx. no. of Hours of course, and language of course. You also have your instructor details and details of course offered by which University.

I personally feel that if they had a preview video of the course, it would have helped more. I liked it when they mention a start date of the course and also have a deadline, for a person like me if there’s no deadline it will be difficult to complete the course. I appreciate that they have subtitles in multiple languages which they have mentioned, so a wide range of students who don’t know English can also access the course.

4. Skillshare – Design and Architecture Lessons Online.

Got 15 mins?! No problem. On skill share you can find a course, from where you can learn something important in as low as 15 minutes. A list of things I found interesting on Skillshare were ‘what you will learn’, ‘who is this class for’, and more stuff in these things many questions get answered and the user has a clarity of the course.

Along with sample video, in this class the best part is we have discussions. So, if you are someone who needs an opinion from the tutor you can ask them questions here and get your work reviewed. Also, you are given task to do, because of that you can gauge that how much you have understood.

This website user-friendly, simple and result oriented. If you have less time and looking something to learn then Skillshare is for you.

5. Fiverr – Design and Architecture Lessons Online.

You get a wide range of courses covered in this website. But this is not a stereotypical format of college or school, slightly different format. On this website you have individuals who teach you a specific topic. They term every course as a “GIG” and according to the owner, price range and rating you can select the tutor. Each GIG has been rated on 5-star scale to reveal how much value other students have been getting from the course.

Now while selecting your tutor it depends on how expressive he/ she is while explaining the course to you. One down side I saw while visiting this side is how they’ll be teaching is not mentioned, if it is in video format or audio format or just notes from which you can refer and have to learn it on your own. Mostly the courses covered on this website are software oriented such as AutoCAD, google SketchUp and others.

6. Lynda.com – Design and Architecture Lessons Online.

While using this website you’ll have the comfort of selecting from various different categories related to architecture. From skill level to subject to duration to the software you can select the course as per your convenience. These courses are mostly video lectures. There’s no certification, no timeline, and this website is associated with LinkedIn, so that when you login from your LinkedIn ID you get a ‘FREE MONTH’ in which you can access the courses.

7. Take lessons.com – Design and Architecture Lessons Online.

This websites module is based on Teachers. You can choose particular teacher and in the area of his expertise you can select the coaching. When you enter the website, your location is asked and according to that you can view a list of tutors. You can read about their experience and according to it you can decide to choose them or not.

According to the tutor’s availability and timings in morning, afternoon and evening you can select your time.

8. Superprof – Design and Architecture Lessons Online.

Quite similar to what we saw in “TAKE LESSONS” but in this the tutors teach Design and Architecture using a webcam. Based on your requirements you can take group or individual class. And pay the tutor on hourly basis. Most of the time these are individuals who have experience in the field. These courses can be taken in any part of the world.

First lesson on this website is offered for free. This will be an introductory class online to help student understand what the course or topic is all about.

9. Creative Live – Design and Architecture Lessons Online.

This website offers courses which are not normal. I’ll term them as secondary courses available related to architecture. You can see the instructor’s background and experiences related to the course. These are HD video lessons and apart from your main class content you get certain number of hours of free content.

The best part about Creative Live is that you get a lifetime access, anywhere and anytime. This is one unique feature which we haven’t seen. Streaming of your courses on offline devices is one more interesting feature.  

10. Future learn – Design and Architecture Lessons Online.

This is a specialized course related to Modern Building Design where you can explore the trends influencing modern building design. This explores the trends of Climate Change, technology and regulation are changing modern building design and the professional practices of the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry.

Any course can be done by anyone as there is no specific rule for doing this course. However, I would recommend not to do it if you are in your Under Graduate Architecture program. The difficulty level is intermediate and will be more suitable for fresh graduates which will help them professionally as well.

Basics of what topics will be covered, when to start, what you will achieve and who the course is for is given in the website and answers most of your questions. There are also learners review from which you can get an idea of how the course is and will help you take decision. You can choose from ‘FREE’ option to ‘UNLIMITED’ option in which they give different freedoms from just access for 5 weeks to unlimited access for a year with other benefits.

The main reason for writing this blog is to educate people that even if you have 15mins time on a Sunday afternoon you can make use of it. These small courses might not be as big as a degree or a diploma but will certainly develop a skill to solve simple and technical problems.

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