Diploma inArchitectureProfessionalStudies 5Assignment 1 – Part 1 Just in Time Management ‘Part-time studies should not feel like adaunting task, but instead an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in theworld of academia and professional life simultaneously. ‘ 1In my article for RIAS Quarterly 2017 Autumn Issue, titled ‘Part Time – NoTime’ I talked about managing my part-time studies in Glasgow School of Art andworking as a part 2 Architectural Assistant with 3DReid Architect in Edinburgh.I find time management to be essential to my current position. First ofall, I would like to note that I do most of my writing and assignment work atmy home studio In Edinburgh, or I find myself working while travelling betweenEdinburgh and Glasgow.
I would also like to point out, that most of theuniversity work is written assignments, workshops and lectures, which helps toconcentrate on the tasks, as I do not have to worry about material procurement,model making times and using art school workshops in Glasgow. The graphicpart of the assignment for this task has been done in two connected parts. Thefirst table identifies a ‘current’ week displayed as a day by day schedule, anda timetable on week by week basis for every week of this academic year. Thedaily schedule really helps to determine how many hours I will actually have ina day to study or undertake other activities. This allows me to create suchtable for every week, and also draw form each week’s experience of how much timeparticular tasks or assignments take and predict into the future. My weeklyschedule for this task was based on 8 hours sleep every night, minimum 28 hoursfor any informal daily activities and chores, such as eating, cooking, etc.,and about 84 hours dedicated to work, studying, leisure and relaxing.
Therefore,if I have to work more on a particular day that week, I can relax longer on thenext whilst maintaining a time balance in a week. I have allowed a flexibleamount of time in a week of 20 hours for part-time studies, with an additional10 hours available for any deadlines. Despitehaving a daily schedule, I have also added a ‘Control Time Limit’ per week, andset it to never go lower than 28 hours per week, which usually is higher andstays in 40-hour base.The daily timemanagement table also allows me to monitor any other activities, RIAS Planning Committeeor Architecture Fringe responsibilities. The linear graphat the bottom right corner of the graphics page allows for milestones anddeadlines to be created to monitor my progress over the hurdles within thisacademic year, starting 20th of November and ending in June.
As allthe graphs in the page are set up in Excel programme, the milestones timetable canbe easily updated by typing new date, new deadline or number of hours to bespent on an activity. Moreover, once a new assignment is added, I can updatehow many hours I will spend on it in weeks following to it, and createmilestones to monitor the progress. ‘Today’ and ‘this week’ tabs demonstrate myposition in the academic year and progress. I actually havebeen keeping a daily timetable for some time now, and splitting a work day into30 minute intervals. I decided to do so after reading about the Pomodoro Technique2, developed in 1980s, which teaches to split any bigger task into25 minute intervals, with a couple minute breaks in between, with a longerbreak after four cycles. I also like toalternate tasks, which sometimes allows to work faster. Both tablesshould be reviewed an updated weekly, or at least at every new or achieved milestone.
The daily timetable can be update every day, preferably in the morning. I amplanning to continue developing these two tables presented for the task, as deadlineschange, and also as I observe how well I achieve my milestones for assignments,and other important dates in my education. Diploma inArchitectureProfessionalStudies 5Assignment 1 – Part 2 My path to achieving Architect’s Qualificationor the Saga of Perseverance in Time and Space Every timeI have to talk about my path to Architect’s Qualification, I feel like it’s areally hard riddle that I have finally managed to solve, and it’s a goodfeeling. I recently have spoken about similar issues in Architecture Fringe2017 debate ‘Turncoats: Greener Grass?’ with Richard Murphy.
Myundergraduate thesis project and master of science studies focused a lot onurban design. Despite that, after working as an architectural assistant forcouple of years in Edinburgh, I found a new appreciation and passion for architectureas a profession. Three years ago, I have decided to find a way to qualify as anarchitect here in UK. As expected, the path to qualification was going to bedifferent to a typical one, and yet the motivation to be able to one day callmyself an Architect was stronger. Firstly, itwas quite hard to navigate the prescribed examination system or receiveinformation from ARB directly, as my circumstances were not exactly standard. Iwas very keen to maintain my position in the practise, where I have discoveredmyself climbing up the career ladder, even if it was only little steps.
After afew online conversations with ARB consultants, and countless letters to the helpfulprofessional studies advisors, I have found the only possible path to qualifyingas an Architect in UK. I was going to take Part 1 Prescribed examination togetherwith a part-time Part 2 UK based course, that would allow me to sit a Part 3exam. Despite the complexities of the system, I seem to have found a way.
Moreover, Ihad a task to find a way to be able to finance my studies, and although itmight seem like a not important factor to time management, but I was notinterested in finishing three years of studies with a debt on my shoulders.Luckily, I was able to raise this in my annual review in the practise, where Iprepared a little business plan which led me to my directors kindly acceptingmy proposal to finance my studies in exchange of a minimum of one year stayafter I qualify. Inexchange, I have also received one day per week to focus on studies andadditional ten holiday days for my studies, as advice by APEAS PEDR guide topractises (?) and endless support from my co-workers and management.
Thisallows me to spend one weekday and my weekends for studies and any additionalactivities I have, such as RIAS Planning Committee and Architecture 2018Co-Producing. Due to myaspiration to take my part 3 exam directly after my Part 2 Diploma studies arefinished, I am planning to take my Part 1 Prescribed Examination in August orOctober of 2018, depending on my work load in the practise. I have allowed afew hours a week to compile my Part 1 comparative matrix and portfolio, andstudy for an English language test, between April and July, when I don’t haveany lectures or studio work in GSA. I have also planned all PEDR and EBAdeadlines, including milestones to achieve these. I am very keen to be able tohave all my PEDR sheets submitted and EBA written at the beginning of summer2019. I am planning to start a Part 3 student study group at the beginning ofJanuary 2019. This issomething I have gotten advice for from my professional studies advisor and Iam confident it can be achieved. Please note, that if I find my part 2 and part3 studies and preparation too complicated, I am hoping to either haveadditional 10 study days from the practise, or delay my qualification till thenext year.
This is something I would have to make a decision in 2019 September,to be able to carry my registration and examination fees to the next yearexams. Overall, Ido understand my schedule would not be a perfect example of life and workbalance, but I am very passionate about what I am currently trying to achieve,and I do see myself working harder, because the task is tough. I do hopeto be able to call myself an Architect in February 2020.