This is not as important as you, your parents, or your teachers might think.
All you really need is a big room with tables in it and a coffee machine. That’s it. If you can find a school with its own art supplies shop that’s great, but not essential.
Some schools have workshop spaces for cutting wood/plastic and rooms full of 3D printers. These are all very well, but if you’re creative you can do a lot with cardboard and glue.
Well Known Professors
Not even slightly important.
With big names come big egos. Architectural projects are marked subjectively and never anonymously. This means that if you clash with your tutor’s big ego you get bad marks all year. Not cool.
Dynamic, creative, interesting tutors will help you develop your own style and your own creative voice rather than train you to be a replica of themselves.
Hugely important. Architects are inspired by the world around them. Choose a city that you find inspiring and that has a strong creative community. Remember that you will spend your free time in this city — sitting in its parks, drinking in its pubs, absorbing its atmosphere.
Next to location, this is the most important of all the criteria. Architecture students spend very little time in lecture halls (yay) so what do they do all day? Well, if you choose a school with good studio space you’ll spend the rest of your time in the studio working on your projects. This is awesome for lots of reasons:
- Inspire and be inspired — collaborate.
- Spend all day with your friends.
- Build your models in school so that they’re easy to transport to pin-ups.
- Hang out close to the supplies shop (and the coffee machine)
If you choose a school that doesn’t have a good studio space, you will find that you spend all day sitting in your bedroom alone trying to think of ideas. Eventually you’ll spend more and more time in the pub and nearly fail your degree.
Who are you trying to impress? Great architects come from all backgrounds and all schools and you don’t need to go to the *best* school to be successful. However, schools with good reputations usually attract interesting people and you probably want to spend your time with interesting people.
Don’t forget: future employers will be much more interested in your design portfolio than what school you went to.