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Keywords and Discussion Questions to Readings #7 and #8

Keywords and Discussion Questions to Readings #7 and #8
Reading #7: “Profession and Discipline of Architecture: Practice and Education?
Keywords:
1. Synchronic – This word is used when describing profession. I thought it was interesting because it portrays the “profession? as the aspect of design “centrally concerned with the current structure of practice in order that it may fulfill commissions to the highest standards.? Its label as synchronic shows that the profession is only worried about the here and now of design, about doing the best at the present time with what is available. (Synchronic means the concern with something at a single moment).
2. Grow – This word is used to describe discipline. It explains that discipline is more about the growth of research and learning over time. It is concerned with the process of researching and developing new ideas. I thought it was interesting how these two factors (growth and a synchronic attribute) create a distinction between the discipline and profession of design.
Discussion Questions:
1. This article describes the importance, yet great distinctness, of both the discipline and profession of design. How do you believe it is possible to fully incorporate discipline and profession into our design in architecture? What suggestions would you have to make this intersection more feasible?
2. After hearing the importance of the profession and discipline of design, is there one that seems more important to Architecture? Is architecture today fully incorporating both or do we need to rethink our idea of architecture?


Reading #8: “All You Ever Need to Know You Learned in… 1000 Words for Design Students?
Keywords: (Although both of these words are found under the “Do your homework? point, they apply to the whole article, capturing the essence of what it is talking about.)
1. Perspiration – The whole article describes all the actions we should take as designers to become more successful. In order to achieve each and every one of these steps, it will take a lot of hard work. It will require perspiration… I think this is a good point because most good things in life need to be achieved through hard work and dedication. This hard work also magnifies the accomplishment and creates a greater feeling of satisfaction when we’ve reached our goals.
2. Inspiration – We need inspiration in order to have a reason to force ourselves to work. This can be attained when we get outside ourselves and get involved in the community, ask questions in class, work with practicing architects, work with other design students… All of these things and more give us inspiration. They are the source of our inspiration that gives us motivation to work (perspire).
Discussion Questions:
1. With the demands of school, time is a precious commodity, and sometimes it can’t always be sacrificed. What do you feel is the point on this list that provides the greatest benefit for the least amount of cost?
2. It was interesting to be reminded that the school, the professors, work for us. We are the ones paying for our education. With this in mind, how can we use this to optimize our education and experience this semester? To what extent is this true?

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