As summer cools down, the time has come for architecture students to return to the caves of their studios and resume their polyphasic sleep cycles. In case you aren't familiar with the ordeals of the archi-student life, they need all the help they can get. A guide for both the new and the returning, here are some of the essential products that can aid them during their school year.
The Uniform: To Fit In
Whether your attire leans toward the all-black or the more casual, checkered-shirt-and-jeans (both are acceptable), occasionally even an architect wants to stand apart from his peers. Remember though, the key is too emphasize how amazingly "functional" all your accessories are.
Image via Coffee with an Architect.
The basics begin with blacks and whites, in bold graphic prints and silhouettes. This 28-piece capsule collection by Patternity in collaboration with cashmere label Chinti & Parker was partially inpired by patterns found in architecture. Via StyleBubble.
Glasses are the architect's signature, but you may need training wheels before you can handle the weight (and price) of a really killer designer pair. Use your resources at school and laser-cut yourself your very own glasses and iterate your way to your very own ideal shape!
Read how to make your own on instructables!
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Remember, your apparel and accessories need to have the pretext for "being functional." So what if this bag is leather and look adorable? What you really care about is that you can carry all your 4' long sketches in it. Because we still draft at school.
The Reading List: To Get Ahead
Sure, you received a reading list from school, but with all these obscure references being tossed around at school, you better get on your game before studio eats up all your time and reading is diminished to only the blurb. Why listen to recommendations from us, when you can get advice from your favorite architects instead? Head on over to Designers and Books to see what they have to suggest. The following are some from Winka Dubbeldam's list:
Alcohol: To Socialize and Relax
At the start of the semester, it'll be meet and greet with the fresh faces, and later it will be late-night drinks over your studio project. Whatever the excuse, there will always be an reason for drinking. Be prepared for the occasion with the appropriate gear.
Multifunctional opener by Stussy.
Why not combine your favorite activity of drinking, with your second favorite activity of measuring (i.e. a more refined beer-funnel - we are still talking about college, remember)?
Stationery: For Keeping Notes
Stationery is a particularly personal item for anyone in the realm of design, with nothing quite as sensitive of a subject as notebooks. Everyone has their own preference in size, weight, color and brand. Regardless, we are going to risk the backlash to suggest this notebook, A:Log, designed by GSAPP students specifically for those in the architecture field.
Block Out Your Neighbor: To Concentrate
Like any family, studio-family members aren't always on best terms with one another. Your neighbors might have strange habits that strike a nerve, or may simply be too loud, (or it may be entirely your fault that you left your project to the last day.) Whatever the excuse, it is occasionally necessary to block out your peers. One option is to invest time into a personal fort, encompassing yourself and your desk in a bubble of privacy. Alternatively, investing money could get you a pair of the most delicious noise-canceling headphones like the Parrot Zik. Yum.
Not only are they noise-canceling, but the wireless Parrot Zik headphone alse have a sensitive touch panel and motion-detection that intuitively control your music and phone conversations.
Coffee: To Stay Awake
The fight to avoid sleep is often a prevalent subject that engrosses the architecture student. Why not save money imbibing your caffeine (and look good doing it too), by making it right at your desk!
Food Storage: To Remember to Eat
As your travel-radius quickly shrinks as the semester progresses, avoid unnecessary trips away from your desk by keep your food right where you sit. The retro Smeg refrigerator now has a mini version that would be perfect for this, adding a shiny new design piece for your desk.
Sleeping Accessories: For When You Finally Pass Out
Sleep is a sore topic for the architecture student and they spend a lot of time pondering over its necessity. Often sleep-deprived, students has developed many ingenious methods for getting in some extra z's. This Sleep Suit by Forrest Jessee would definitely come in handy, (especially for all those wanting to experiment with some Dymaxion Sleep).
P.S. Yes, this will be you in GSAPP
Building Blocks: For The Last-Minute Model
Ok, so you overslept and have no time for waiting for glue to dry. Lego is here to help! With the release of their new architecture studio lego range, you (supposedly) have all the pieces to make a real piece of architecture! Right-angles!
Image via GBlog.
BONUS: Use your model-making skill to pay homage to your caffeine addiction!
Paper Model Kitby Foldpaper.