How to Handle Critique After a Design Project
You’ve spent long hours and sleepless nights finishing up on a design project. Now it’s time to defend your project in front of your classmates and tutors. The feedback given is harsh, ruthless sometimes abusive. Don’t they appreciate all the efforts you’ve put into the project? Don’t fret, it happens to the best architecture students in apartments near York University.
You never have to look at feedback given in a negative way. Although it can feel hurtful when you don’t get the kind of positive feedback you expected after weeks of hard work, it’s important to know how to handle the criticism because it prepares you for the real life. When you become an architect, you’ll often find yourself explaining to customers and hostile locals why they need to support your project. The experience at school makes for good practice.
General tips to get you started
- Start over with a project timetable
- Ask your classmates to review the project
- Practice the presentation with a friend
- List the most important concepts in your drawings and focus on them during the presentation
- Get a friend to make notes during your informal review and record it
- Make sure you learn from all the critique given
- Always spend some time making revisions to the design project based on the feedback given
The beauty of critique
Architectural students are among the luckiest people in York University residence. Although they spend sleepless nights working finishing up drawings, they often have an opportunity to get direct help from their professors who have years of experience in the field. Through critique, they can learn how to defend their design and be well prepared for professional life. No other course gives students direct help from professors with massive experience as much as architecture.
Spend time doing the actual work
Most architectural students go wrong because they spend too much time thinking about the project in their York University housing facility and not drawing. This means they only get to start working on the drawings the last minute after staying up several nights in a row. Focus on working smart rather than staying up all night for weeks. Make a timetable on what you need to learn and start working on the drawings. Plan to spend the most time doing the actual work and not overthinking about it.
Work on your presentation skills
When presenting your idea to people, focus on doing it in a simple way. So that even the non-specialists can understand what you’re saying. Focus on explaining the important concepts other than unnecessary things. What is it that drives your design? Be confident when doing the presentation and present only the relevant drawings. When you focus on the concepts, the reviewers will be forced to ask better questions that give you good points. As a rule of thumb, aim at displaying fewer drawings that best explain your concept other than many irrelevant drawings that haven’t been nicely done.
And don’t forget, that the best way to handle critique is to be in students community. Сhoose your room in the student center of Toronto.