“Hello Dr. Veronica Ng,
I’m writing this as a student, one of many, pursuing our education in architecture in Taylor’s University.
Right off the bat the reason I am posting this on facebook, garnishing the attention of my fellow students and tutors who have helped us go through the last 5 semesters of this excruciating yet rewarding course, is to ask for an extension of our design report submission.
With that, I have several solid reasons that justify an extension of the design report would be for the better of our entire semester 6, student-wise and LAM-Part1-wise.
(1)First, we have B.Tech submission one day after our design report. That said, there would be a clash of work quality in both our reports and our technical drawings.
The question goes, which is the more important work – report or Btech?
Whatever way you would wish to view, B.Tech definitely has more definition as an architectural work compared to the report.
How so you ask?
After graduating from this course with our Part1, most of us will be working in architecturally-related job fields if we choose not to further our studies. The intensity of knowledge of how working drawings are produced is very important for one to stand out from the sea of graduates that we are competing against.
I have heard from my classmates that the idea of finishing the design report early was so that our external crits can have a look at it while we present our final work, so both panels and report side by side.
(2)The report seemed to be more of an elaborated version of our design panels for final crit, with the addition of thermal, acoustic and all those wonderful things that make architecture a science rather than an art. So let’s face the truth, who would want to read an elaborated version when we already have a summarised version ready? Many would just flip though the report just to see diagrams and the sort without actually reading our calculations driven by blood and sweat.
(3)For final crit, I assume our external critics will be more inclined to crit us based upon our design and whether it is STRUCTURALLY capable ( in other words, B.Tech) rather than how cooling our building is or how much natural daylighting is there(which I believe they still will too).
(4)Those calculations(thermal, etc.) and ESD will only be understood and marked by qualified professionals such as the tutors we have. Thus, rendering it not entirely useful for showcasing it to external crits as they come from a structurally-buildable background.
In other words, the design report is what I feel an end-semester thesis with the amount of knowledge we have gathered throughout the years to be submitted to our professional tutors instead of presenting it to the external crits.
(5)Making us submit the report before finishing our panels is like asking us to throw up before we have eaten. Why? Because drawings, lineweight, renders, diagrams, pictures showcases our design intentions and ideas – what we REQUIRE in our final panels. Asking the report earlier would only mean that all those have to be already completed. That would mean we should have finished our panels this coming Friday, the same day as the report submission.
(6)Yes, the report will give us unrivalled knowledge about scientific calculations and sustainability but I’m guessing only a minority of us soon-to-be graduates will actually be using this in our working lives. I am only voicing my opinion after working through the last internship we had and in no way weighing against the odds of not using the calculations.
With all due respect, I hope you take into consideration the extension of our design report because we students are still humans who need rest after all, not robots that run on battery. If I came across as being rude or angry or annoying or startling, I apologise because (I’ll be honest here) I have a lot of work left to be done, lacking sleep, on an energy drink diet, haven’t had a proper eating timetable in a week, and very worried with everything coming about. Though, personally speaking, I know there are others who are in worse conditions.
Please do not take everything I say to heart. I am only speaking on behalf of the class.
Some of my classmates would agree with me, others wouldn’t. Well, I guess it makes the journey pretty interesting. You can’t please everyone, same goes with design.
P/S. I didn’t mean this message to be rude or offensive if it has been taken in that away. I speak on behalf of 1002P+ :)” －Mark Lee