101 Things I Learned in Architecture School

We’re nearing the end of our little holiday, and have been trying to squeeze some downtime in between cleaning, writing, planning for the new home, and getting out to enjoy a few hours in London while everyone else is at work. So this post will be a short one, but with a simple piece of advice for everyone who loves design, homes, DIY, architecture, or just ‘how to problem solve’ in general… 

Go and buy this book. You will not regret it.  

101 Things I Learned in Architecture School
101 Things I Learned in Architecture School

I devoured it in the London sunshine in under an hour. Lots of clever little pieces of information and advice packed into a very readable text, and with charming illustrations to match. It explains why, when it comes to design, I like certain things and dislike others. It talks about how to help a room ‘flow’ better. Or why buildings have been built in certain ways. Or how to make a room feel even more impactful than it already is (it’s all about how you enter it, apparently. Makes total sense, doesn’t it?). There’s also a bit of architecture and color theory scattered throughout, along with a few fab anecdotes. My favourite? 

Apparently the Chinese symbol for crisis is made up of two different characters; one that means ‘danger’ and another that means ‘opportunity’.

The Chinese symbol for 'crisis'
The Chinese symbol for ‘crisis’

This is a timely lesson for me at the moment, as life from now til Christmas is going to be pretty hectic and I’m sure a few crises will appear along the way. After our first trip back to the new place, we’re realising there’s A LOT to do – even more than we remember. (Does that happen to everyone??) But we’re excited and ready for the challenge, and know there will be a great home waiting at the end of it. And the best bit is, it will be ours.  

I will be printing this page out and keeping it with me over the next few months. Who knows, it might even end up in a frame by our door as a subtle little reminder to embrace challenges every day and to always look for the good, even when things appear to be anything but. Not a bad mantra to live by. 

Wishing everyone a great end to the week!


3 thoughts on “101 Things I Learned in Architecture School

  1. Danger and opportunity. Risk and taking action. Fear and going forth. Realization and creativity. The symbols of the Chinese language are beautiful. And as Carolyn Shay says, “You can eat an elephant one bite at a time.” It is easy to get overwhelmed so take one project at a time-like what you do at work, and stay organized. It will be a very satisfying series of events.

  2. I went to Barnes and Noble to get the book. They had one in stock but could not find it. They ordered one for me and I am anxiously awaiting a call from them. I am having problems with how to place furniture and looked at a Feng Shui book which kind of creeped me. Maybe I just need to delve into it and see what that is all about. Anyone understand that concept???

    1. It’s a concept I want to learn more about – from what I can tell it’s about channeling energy and space in a natural way. Think about how a river moves – never straight, but a zig zag. And people always seem to congregate in kitchens – something about how the good ones are set up makes for good socialising. Hope the book comes soon – it’s brill. 🙂

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