the architecture student

13 Tips For More Effective Time Management

1. Spend Time Planning And Organising. Using time to think and plan is time well-spent. In fact, if you fail to take time for planning, you are, in effect, planning to fail. Organise in a way that makes sense to you. If you need color and pictures, use a lot on your calendar or planning book. Some people need to have papers filed away; others get their creative energy from their piles. So forget the “shoulds” and organise your way.

2. Set Goals. Goals give your life, and the way you spend your time, direction. When asked the secret to amassing such a fortune, one of the famous Hunt brothers from Texas replied: “First you’ve got to decide what you want.” Set goals which are specific, measurable, realistic and achievable. Your optimum goals are those which cause you to "stretch" but not "break" as you strive for achievement. Goals can give creative people a much-needed sense of direction.

3. Prioritise . Use the 80-20 Rule originally stated by the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto who noted that 80 percent of the reward comes from 20 percent of the effort. The trick to prioritising is to isolate and identify that valuable 20 percent. Once identified, prioritise time to concentrate your work on those items with the greatest reward. Prioritise by colour, number or letter - whichever method makes the most sense to you. Flagging items with a deadline is another idea for helping you stick to your priorities.

4. Use A To Do List. Some people thrive using a daily To Do list which they construct either the last thing the previous day or first thing in the morning. Such people may combine a To Do list with a calendar or schedule. Others prefer a “running” To Do list which is continuously being updated. Or, you may prefer a combination of the two previously described To Do lists. Whatever method works is best for you. Don’t be afraid to try a new system - you just might find one that works even better than your present one!

5. Be Flexible. Allow time for interruptions and distractions. Time management experts often suggest planning for just 50 percent or less of one’s time. With only 50 percent of your time planned, you will have the flexibility to handle interruptions and the unplanned “emergency.” When you expect to be interrupted, schedule routine tasks. Save (or make) larger blocks of time for your priorities. When interrupted, ask Alan Lakein’s crucial question, “What is the most important thing I can be doing with my time right now?” to help you get back on track fast.

6. Consider Your Biological Prime Time. That’s the time of day when you are at your best. Are you a “morning person,” a “night owl,” or a late afternoon “whiz?” Knowing when your best time is and planning to use that time of day for your priorities (if possible) is effective time management.

7. Do The Right Thing Right. Noted management expert, Peter Drucker, says "doing the right thing is more important than doing things right." Doing the right thing is effectiveness; doing things right is efficiency. Focus first on effectiveness (identifying what is the right thing to do), then concentrate on efficiency (doing it right).

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CJ Lim Lecture

Views of CJ Lim Himself

- With architecture text reverts to the built form

- Narrative is their just like life itself

- He has made less in the built form however has drawn more

Drawing is like Knitting

- Cathartic getting ideas onto paper, where he wants to tell a story

- CAD does the job, however lacks emotion

- CJ Lim finds CAD disappointing

- Feels that computer drawings have become very monotonous and boring

- Dont let the machine control you/ you must control the machine.

- No longer feels 2D can be eliminated however feels it may have a new place in the realm of 3D

(1st year can not use computers)


Enjoys manipulating paper through the use of collage.

 - Sins is based on the film Sins

- His original work can be found in the V&A collection



- Bombarded by economic crisis we all try and solve the problems

- Alice says she can imagine 6 impossible things before breakfast

- Perimeter is special and will concur in a spatial outcome.


2nd Life planner would include

- Narrative with poetic qualities.

- Cultural

- Historical

- Stories

- Building blocks of cities

Industry & Professional Practice Lecture

Focussing on gaining a work placement, writing a CV and a covering letter



… Grammar

… Spelling

… An Interest in the company


… Include Bullet points

… Big name companies

  17th November Industry Day

 Career Options

… What do they want to see


Realise your potential (ask yourself)

… What skills do you have?

… What are you good at?

… What do your friends think about you?

… Discover what skills work well with the different job specs?

… List your skills & abilities


 Question | What Skills do you have?


Confidence / Presence

Networking skills



Question | what are you good at?

  Getting things done quickly and efficiently

Leading a team

Knowing how / who to talk to, to get something done

Approaching things from a different angle


Question | What do your friends think about you?



Orgainised / Committed / get work done / direct / control over a situation/  people listen to me

Not easily swayed

Know where to look/ focused

Know how to step outside the box.


My way or the high way


No Budging

Not flexible with others opinions / mean

Hard to get to know me / I am like a wall


Question | Discover what skills work well with different job specs?

  Numeracy, design and drawing;

IT skills, e.g. computer-aided design;

Project management skills;

The ability to solve problems in an analytical, logical way;

Team working skills;

Written and oral communication in various settings;

Research skills;

Decision-making ability

Adaptability and flexibility for dealing with unexpected situations where necessary; the ability to reflect on, and improve, your own professional performance.


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Question | List your skills and abilities?

 As listed above

De-Light Formative | Thursday 6th October


Chromo-therapy, Roots in Victorian mysticism

Light Therapy with high intensity light to treat sleep, skin and skin disorders

  Red Grounding/ survival

(Base of the spine)

Orange Emotions, sexuality

(Lower abdomen)

Yellow Power/ Ego

(Solar plexus)

Green Love, sense of responsibility


Blue Physical and spiritual communication


Indigo Forgiveness, compassion, understanding

(Brow, Forehead)

Violet Connection with energies, transmission of ideas and information

(Crown of the head)

Different Colours would be interesting for use in different environments Red, Grounding and Survival, may help to create a warming a secure feeling to some ones home, and sanctuary. On the other hand yellow evoking Power and Ego may be acceptable for a CEO office or stock exchange, where in high power positions individuals will require this emphasis of power and ego. Violet I feel would be a colour due to its Connection with energies, transmissions of ideas and information for the design conscious helping them evoke the kind of energies required to design fantastic pieces. The crown of the head being the entry point of the energy this is perfect for the light.

 Different sizes should be made available depending on what is required by the individuals.

De – Light

Formative | Thursday 6th October 2011

Summative | Monday 9th January 2012

Is architecture the product of power, or is that power in fact an outcome of the exercise of architecture? Norman Foster, Deyan Sudjic

These are some of the illustrator files which I have created for my beggining part of the Structures project.

Wonderful video on 3D Studio Max. 

These are the PDF’s for my presentation (crit) that I had today, we had to complete the research of 5 architectural designs all associated with a particular type of structure and structural element. Mine being Walls, and cellular, and these are a few of the projects which I researched as part of a group formulated of Gerard, Solu and myself.

Structures Brief… 

Post Industry Lecture…

After having woken up at 6.30, followed by a gruelling hour and a half bus journey to arrive one hour early for an industry lecture I would have to say I was prepared,however for what was to follow I feel I was somewhat unprepared.

The lecture consisted of an arrangement of aprox. 10 lecturers from all from different backgrounds and companies of all different arrangements and sizes. The focal point I feel of the lecture was to broaden our minds and show us that the way we worked at A-Level won’t stand for industry, that we need to get ‘Out of your box’ and work as a team rather than individuals, (which somewhat echos the views of our lectures  on our un-cohesive group of individuals). There was also another key view projected by a high percentage of the lectures that we not only had to be in our own bubble, mine being architecture but we also need to keep up with politics understand the role of a graphic designer per-say and gain understanding of the world around us, this would be like putting architecture in context of the world around it, like we might put a model into context for a project. Within the lecture there was a strong bond not only with the skill set you have, but how you communicate this in a captive way to your audience, this being the client. Therefore covering the way you present not only yourself, but also your work, if for instance it is neat, well presented and well looked after then the client would be able to judge that A. you believe in the work and think that your time has been worthwhile spending on achieving fulfilment of the brief, and B. that this is probably a true reflection on the way you work (Once again echoing the view of the course lecturers).

Lastly a reflection on programming which seamed to hold a reasonably large proportion of the lecture, we were told that we needed to know the tools of our trade to a fair standard, but also have knowledge of other tools that may be used in other professions, in order for you to have alternative ways to visualise an idea, maybe by asking a friend on another course(as I mentioned in Paragraph 1, showing the importance of communication and networking between all courses), or by paying someone to achieve its full potential. However it was also mentioned that we should not rely on the software knowledge that we ourselves have when it comes to visualising an idea, as an idea may still be fully achieved and communicated through the use of different media therefore not holding back the ideas full potential.

A few Key points…
- Challenge yourself
- Be brave
- Get out there
- Have fun
- Attention to Detail
- Listen & Learn
- Make mistakes
- Question
- Read=Develop
- Tell a story, and believe in the story
- Understand the Clients View
- Work with everyone
- Constant trial and error of software, to learn
- Be passionate
- Be a GEEK
- Be charming
- Do things you ‘can’t’ do
- Get to know the people, and be there for them

Websites to visit… (relaunch next month)

These are just a selection of the pictures that I took when visiting the ‘Bridge of aspirations, London Royal opera house built by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, (copied from the website)

Twisting high above Floral Street in Covent Garden, the Bridge of Aspiration provides the dancers of the Royal Ballet School with a direct link to the Grade 1 listed Royal Opera House. The award-winning design addresses a series of complex contextual issues, and is legible both as a fully integrated component of the buildings it links, and as an independent architectural element. The skewed alignment and different levels of the landing points dictate the form of the crossing, which is geometrically and structurally simple. A concertina of 23 square portals with glazed intervals are supported from an aluminium spine beam. These rotate in sequence for the skew in alignment, performing a quarter-turn overall along the length of the bridge. The result is an elegant intervention high above the street, which evokes the fluidity and grace of dance.”


Personally with link to my current project the bridge is most certainly aspirational for me as something to aim toward, such an elegant piece of architecture, fully functional and well presented both in night and day.