A day in the life of an architecture student

For Master of Architecture student Brittany, her dream is to run her own successful Architecture firm and excel in her profession. With this goal in mind, Brittany found Notre Dame’s practical, studio-focused Architecture program to be the perfect fit.

Notre Dame’s Master of Architecture and new Bachelor of Arts (Architecture) equips you to tackle some of society’s biggest challenges—sustainability, housing affordability, increasing density requirements and connection to community.

The unique programs, taught by renowned industry leaders, are centered around The Design Studio – combining theory with Architectural practice where you apply your knowledge, creativity and strategic problem-solving skills in the design of built environments.

Join Brittany as she walks us through her typical day studying Architecture at Notre Dame…

9am: Get ready for the day

I start my day by setting up and organising all the materials and drawings I will need for my online classes today. University is one of many concerns that students are facing in light of COVID-19, but the staff have been very understanding of external factors in their students’ and the transition to online learning has been smooth.

10am: Online Feedback Session

Next, I log on to Blackboard Collaborate – the platform where our online classes are delivered – to watch the recording of my feedback from my work the day prior. I have felt supported and mentored throughout my uni experience. Our teachers are always readily available for any questions and concerns we have.

11am: Drawing and Designing

After my feedback session, I work on the changes that need to be made to my work. I also call other students in my class over Zoom. They draw onto my draft drawings and give me feedback on the new elements I have added to my design. The small size of the cohort and the one-on-one time you get because of this is one of the main perks.

1pm: Model making

I test my new design elements in their physical form through a model making session. The practical approach and experience you get in the industry is one of the best factors for me too.

3pm: Puppy time!

At 3pm, Bliss (my dog) comes in for her daily cuddles and begs for her afternoon walk. Time to take a well-deserved break before heading back to my study space for my afternoon class.

4pm: Final Collaborate Session of the Day

I am now in class through Collaborate. Each student presents their updated work to each other and to our teacher. We then receive updated feedback on our work. The fact the program is new, small in size and has great teachers who are well known in industry ticks all my boxes. Our class wraps up by 6pm with everyone sending a smiley face to the chat to signify that no one has any further questions, and we say our goodbyes.

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