FREE from multiple choice exams – a discussion about “practice”


Q1: Is “practice” a noun or a verb?

Following an early brainstorming session regarding the nature and aim of FSA, a group of students decided to further discuss some questions and concerns grouped under the common term “practice”. Common was that we all had some form of complaints about the understanding and execution of architecture as a profession.
No one was really satisfied with their current situation – yet no one could give an answer to what satisfaction would really look like.
So we set up a little survey for ourselves, raising a few concerns we had regarding the practice of architecture, hoping that democracy would play its role, the law of majority provide us with simple answers, the collective agreement pin down some tangible solutions to our concerns.

Here is what we asked:

  • What would your professional work life/private life balance look like?

  • What type of work would you like to undertake?
  • What is your expected yearly salary ($)? How many hours/week of work does that account for?
  • List the things you value and require to be able to live the life you would like to live.

And here is what we found:

  • Architects like to talk. And to question. And for every question asked, we will provide another two.
  • We are not ready to pin ourselves down, ever.
  • We want more.

Sketch Thinking
Perhaps this is all we need to know to continue our work (as professionals and as citizens of our creations) – that there will never be final answers, that we need to keep questioning. Perhaps this is the pure essence of our architect-beings – our unconscious understanding that uncertainty equals opportunity, that unsatisfactory equals improvement, that walls are there for people to climb over, and that somewhere, much further ahead, lays never-ending space to build dreams upon.

We are the ultimate restless animals – and we always must be. Because once we accept the world around us, our profession is no longer needed. Or?


For the full survey click here FSA_Practice_Full_Survey




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