Once upon a time, ink smudges on drawings might have been an architect’s greatest source of angst. Nowadays, every digital polyline appears perfectly clean and easily edited in any way a designer chooses. Now that technology is commonplace in both architecture school and professional practice alike, perhaps the days of drafting headaches are over?
In our dreams. While the ubiquity of tech in architecture has brought with it countless benefits pertaining to practical efficiencies and creative innovation, things are by no means perfect in studios across the land. In fact, computers have brought with them a whole new set of problems, each of which tests the patience of architects and students every day. The struggle remains real.
See how many of the following trials and tribulations you can relate to, and as you wrestle with Revit or scrap with SketchUp this week, take (small) comfort from the fact that you are not alone.
1. The term “SketchUp Bug Splat” is a common phrase in your vocabulary.
2. AutoCAD hatches used to keep you up at night …
3. … Now, unresolved Revit warnings do instead.
4. Photoshop crashing as you hit “save” is a primary cause of migraines …
5. … And “Force Quit” is a programmed shortcut on your keyboard.
6. When researching precedents for your project, 37 open tabs is never enough …
7. … And you can never tell which tab the sound is coming from.
8. Sometimes, even two displays aren’t enough.
9. Deciding which mouse to buy feels like a life-or-death decision (for your poor hand, at least).
10. The very first app you download on your new phone is a digital spirit level.
11. Every time you purchase a new computer, you have to open Internet Explorer or Safari just so you can download Chrome.
12. You love Apple products … but they just don’t cut it for your drafting dreams.
13. Whatever you do, you cannot make your computer recognize the plotter …
14. … And when you finally do, it prints 37 copies of your drawing set.
15. When your mom tells you you can have anything you like for your birthday … and you ask for a Leica laser measure.
16. When rendering high-res visualizations … the patience of a saint is required.
17. You have waking dreams of owning your own render farm.
18. Running five programs at the same time makes your computer perform like it was made in the 1800s.
19. When you accidentally click on Photoshop in your dock, and then you have to wait 20 seconds for it to load so you can close it.
21. Successfully importing an AutoCAD layer into SketchUp brings a tear to the eye.
22. When you forget to blink and your eyes hate you for it.
23. When the spinning rainbow loading wheel appears on your screen … and you know it’s time to get more coffee.