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

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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. – 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 – 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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8 things you should know before joining architecture school| Ar. Mohsin Sheikh

We are widening our spectrum in terms of architecture, if you have any specific recommendations do let us know in the comment section. Each week will be different, as mentioned before we’ll be focusing on different areas IN & AROUND ARCHITECTURE. Many of you will be graduating from high school and will start your degree in a college career. Not sure if architecture is for you, let me help you make a decision. Here are some tips, I haven’t covered all of them but these doubts are common which if I had known, life would have been much easier.

#1. Is sketching important???

Although having a good hand in sketching might help but even if you don’t know how to sketch, that’s OK. A basic understanding of scale and proportion is needed. And if you have good visualization skills, you’ll be fine. Sharpening the skill is always important so keep on sketching and as time goes your skill will improve.
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#2. I am not sure if I should take Architecture/ Engineering???

Architecture and engineering go hand in hand and are also connected to each other. But for your basic understanding of architecture is more on the CREATIVE side of the process and Engineering is more of a technical side of the spectrum. Now on the basis of your potential/ caliber you can make a decision, on which field to choose. Just to give you a better understanding Architects design Spaces, and the load calculations, are done by the Engineers.

#3. Math’s & Architecture.

If you are someone who’s scared of numbers and calculations, then I think Architecture is just not your thing. Though if you are like someone who can manage the education part, you can choose an alternative career in Architecture where you’ll be less involved with the calculations. It’s always helpful if you are good with numbers.

#4. It’s unlikely you will be Rich.

Real Estate as an industry is a place where a lot of money gets involved with too many architects, engineers, developers, and many more. Now for your basic understanding if a building is being made it takes millions of dollars to make just One building. Architects take a small percentage as a fee. Now, this is possible only If you have a good network of connections. If you are working for some company, you’ll be paid a certain salary which might not sound interesting. The whole problem here is getting projects as a freelancer, somebody to trust a newcomer (or even if you are experienced) so a client to trust you and assign you a project is huge responsibility where risk is involved in which both the parties need to support each other.

#5. Get ready for all-nighters, Hard work is the only option.

Architecture is a multi-disciplinary course. I say this because there are many skills, you’ll require to complete your design process. From the basics of design to technical drawings to the history of architecture to Architecture design Studios. Now as you see a typical course would ask you to learn something and then write exams, but the architecture you need to make drawings, presentations, exams and many more. As per the Guinness World record, ‘Architecture’ is known as the Toughest Course.

#6. Be Jack of all Cards.

Architecture is not just about drawings, design, philosophy, and buildings. If you’re an architect there might come a project where you have to design a house for an artist, musician, or anyone for that instance. You need to know how they react with spaces, what are their daily activities, and what aura they need in the home. This point will be of use once you become an architect and start designing, but these habits need to cultivate at the basic level where you start architecture. So, read books, interact with people, get involved in different art forms, you don’t know which activity will help you where.

#7. Design is never RIGHT OR WRONG!!!

Every course has a specific outline and precise Answers. But not architecture, when it comes to design it is Subjective. Design can never be right or wrong. So, if you are a person who likes to do things your own way, you have the freedom in Architecture. You can explore as many things and still be correct. Also, the design has no curriculum that you have to learn a particular section then only you can design.

#8. It is an EXPENSIVE course.

Not all of us are rich. The basic yearly college fees as of 2020 are 1.5lakh rupees in INDIA. This is just the beginning, daily sheets, accessories for drawing, model making material, and many different kinds of stuff. This is something nobody would talk about, and when you enter architecture college most of the people are capable of handling that load of Finance. But for a middle-class family in INDIA where you have 2 siblings, it can be a hole in the pocket for your parents.

Architecture is a lovely course, and by all these points I don’t want to put the course in dark but these are the facts one should know before getting into Architecture. Also, this blog wouldn’t be possible without Madhura, Ahmed, Priya, Wasim. Thanks a lot for the valuable inputs.

After spending a decade in Architecture, I realize that these are my thoughts and Understanding as a Student, Entrepreneur, intern, employee. These all points are Important but if you are passionate about Architecture than you can go beyond the odds and work things out.

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