Architect School by Marc Williams is for Year 13
New Zealand students who want to be architects
Chat with Marc about... architecture, creative ideas, design, drawing, digital technology, school projects, assessments, university and your future architect career on Instagram, WhatsApp, Signal, Gmail, Zoom, Google Meet, Discord, Google Drive and Dropbox.
This page also features advice on how to share information and present your ideas
Architecture education on your phone.
Direct message chat with Marc on Instagram, WhatsApp, Signal or Gmail. Ask questions and share images of your ideas, drawings, designs or other architecture related stuff for my chat feedback.
Use your 100 minutes of video chat.
Video chat with Marc on Instagram, WhatsApp, Signal, Zoom or Google Meet.
Do you use Discord?
Share your drawings on the Architect School channel for my chat feedback.
Share your drawings, documents, video.
Use Google Drive or Dropbox to share documents or large video files of your work for my chat feedback.
Use these 9 apps to chat and share information with Marc.
Sometimes a DM chat is fine. Other times you might need to structure how you present your information. Communicating your ideas to others is a key architect skill. Use these presentation techniques below.
Describe your idea or question with 2 sentences and 2 images.
Use the Elevator Pitch technique.
Refine your ideas down to the most straight to the point concise information.
Sentence #1: State a question or suggest an idea.
Sentence #2: What solution have you thought about or main idea you want to explore.
2 images that relate to your sentences.
They could be drawings, Internet images, GIF's, AI images, screenshots of your work etc.
Using this technique is a good way to focus your thinking and start a meaningful conversation.
PechaKucha was started in 2003 by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham Architects.
PechaKucha means 'chit-chat' in Japanese culture, "Talk less, show more".
PechaKucha is a method of sharing ideas with images and talking instead of presentations with heaps of words.
A PechaKucha presentation is 20 images on screen for 20 seconds each, a 7 minute presentation time.
Public PechaKucha Nights happen in countries around the world www.pechakucha.org.
PechaKucha Nights also happen in New Zealand www.pechakucha.co.nz
Ive been using the concept of PechaKucha with my students since 2012. It's a great way for students to quickly develop project concepts just using images and present their ideas by chatting using this 6 point format.
An alternative to doing a full 20 images PechaKucha is to do a mini version only using a title page stating the project issue and solution, 5 images and a few GIF's.
Use this technique to share your ideas. Put your images on a Google Slide or Powerpoint document, a few images per page (the bigger the better) and share it with me for feedback.
Here's an example project I created using the PechaKucha mini format to present my project ideas.
It took 3 hours to develop this concept idea and create these images using Internet images and Photoshop.
EXAMPLE PROJECT Title page. Project issue and solution
EXAMPLE PROJECT Image #1. Google Earth screenshot of site and Photoshop to add the orange track & stairs
EXAMPLE PROJECT Image #2. Architecture inspiration images & links to information.
EXAMPLE PROJECT Image #3. A4 drawing/s of project ideas with description notes
EXAMPLE PROJECT Image #4. Google Street screenshot, Photoshop Internet images to suggest design ideas
EXAMPLE PROJECT Image #5. Google Street screenshot, Photoshop Internet images to suggest design ideas
EXAMPLE PROJECT Some GIF's to show design ideas. giphy.com