Do you believe Architecture college is one of the best places to be, at any point in one’s life? One of the best ways to learn is by observing people. We think this is true inside an architecture studio as well. We see several students trying to solve the same problem(s) in his/her ways.

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Northumbria University’s new architecture studio ©

We’ve been observing patterns among the students, a few of which have been covered in the past. Today, we give you; 10 (more) types of students in Architecture Colleges.

Without further ado, let’s get started!

1. The Entrepreneurs

Have you been envious of a few of your classmates of architecture college for getting their work done by someone else while they chill out? Congrats, you’ve identified the Entrepreneur class of students. These students (somehow) always find assistants to delegate all uninteresting tasks.

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Tim Gouw ©

Extra free time is used to pursue other passions such as blogging, photography, and likewise. You could run into it every time you open your Instagram, for they highly active online. While the art of delegation is very significant, we need to make sure that the skillful aren’t taken advantage of.

2. The Prince

As offspring of Architects, Builders, or other professionals in the AEC industry, a few students falling into this group have a lineage of authority in the field, not to mention premium access to events, award ceremonies. Irrespective of their skills and interests, they are expected to run the family business. They usually abstain from designing while in the studio and spend their time visually scanning others’ design ideas for inspiration. A few even have architects working on their studio projects. They specialize in negotiation and outsourcing work. They are the ones with good design and a good amount of sleep.

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Mr. Goody Two Shoes by Megamind ©

3. The Rhino Expert

The Rhino expert is a title given to a certain kind of student of architecture college who extensively uses (software) Rhinoceros for almost everything. They usually include the design of buildings, curved pavilions, spreadsheets, and sometimes even their breakfastThese students are hardcore fans of all-things-parametric and are typically your go-to person for pirated software and game patches. Becoming expertise in software is a great feat if we let it remain as a tool and not influence our general thinking.

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Using Rhino 3D for design ©

4. The Extracurricular King/Queen

These kinds of people are truly social animals. You might not find them attending all classes, for they’d be busy coordinating the university magazine, the upcoming cultural events, or discussing the next workshop idea with the Dean. These students of architecture colleges are usually your class leaders, student secretaries, and partial entrepreneurs who tend to have a close circle of friends who support him/her by aiding their design. These people not only inspire us, by multi-tasking and being a high performer but also break the status quo with their results. One needs to make sure they also take necessary breaks from time to time.

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Architecture student hosting events ©

5. The Sketchers

Every one of us has come across this person who always carries a sketchbook. Although they don’t necessarily draw or write anything, they find it easier to talk & discuss their ideas with a sheet of paper in front of them. Using scribbling as a means to empty their minds of old ideas and facilitate the new, they at times struggle deciphering their scribbles and sketches. You can identify them by their vivid conceptual ideas and the declining quality of their forthcoming submissions. It is important to keep in mind that sketching is to articulate thoughts, and needs to be further developed before presenting.

The Sketchers
Freehand sketch by Ar. Frank Gehry ©

6. The Humble Maker

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Model by Eric Reinholdt, 30by40 Design ©
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Architecture student working on model ©

Have you found this one person working, every time you visit the model-making studio? That must be the Maker. To these kinds of students, making models are the best way to study, visualize, and present their designs. They usually make multiple models for their concepts, sections, material palettes, details, and anything that needs to be highlighted. They believe in kinaesthetic learning and hence can be found participating in most workshops. Their ideas are innovative and practical, as a result of their learning approach and extensive skillset.

7. The Competition Team

The Competition Team
Competition sheets pinned up for the jury ©

You can recognize this student by their habits – regular meetings, all-nighters, and frequent invisibility. These guys are passionate about designing and sharing the limelight. Their competitive spirit and teamwork are visible while taking part in studio projects. These students frequently meet fellow competitors from other universities and are a part of a dense network of highly passionate architecture students. Watch out for these students, as their exposure and time management skills usually bring about radical design ideas.

8. The Paid Artists

The Paid Artists
Architectural Art by Kathleen O’Donnell ©

We all know being able to draw is an essential skill we require. But, you find this one student who creates gets paid for it. They designing posters for events and even gets to feature their works. These students know that sometimes, quantity beats quality. They are the ones with hand-drawn submission sheets in the digital era. It demands one to have levels of planning and patience to pursue manual works, but having a balance of both is beneficial.

9. The Lone Wolf

The Lone Wolf
Architect – Illustration by Achupura – The Print Company ©

Some people prefer to work alone, probably because they believe it takes time to discuss, coordinate, and get things moving, or because it is just easier to do things on your own. Either way, the lone wolf student types are highly driven and skillful compete with grouped teams. In group situations, they end up taking lead. While it a great gift to be an all-rounder, one must remember that doing things by themselves lets down the rest of the group.

10. The Spy Kid

The Spy Kid
Ninja gathering information ©

Whether it is the latest news about the university policies, the external juror, or gossip about your classmate, this person knows it all. They have deep connections within the system to give insider info regarding the happenings in the department. Their friendliness with all people enables them to further understand the user persona and hence design better buildings.


Kaushik LS is an Architect, (WIP)Computational Designer and Visual FX Artist, who strives to amalgamate the physical and digital worlds via Interactive Architecture. He currently focusses on aiding people with the fabrication + deployment of computer-generated designs.