Photography provided by Hudson Kalble
The Student Architect was initially created as a simple YouTube channel to serve as a guide for prospective architecture students, offer tips for existing students, and provide a unique perspective into the world of architecture.
This project was born out of perceived necessity when reflecting on the lack of resources I had available when starting out my own journey.
As a curious high-schooler, with an interest in creation and design, I began my search researching architecture schools but I was unsure if it was the right path for me. I searched high and low for blogs and YouTube channels, digging for anything that would give me more insight, but always came up empty.
I wanted to find first hand, real life experiences from actual architecture students.
I wanted a role model that I could learn from and interact with.
I wanted to find women in architecture because all I knew of was men.
After endless searching into the black holes of the interwebs, I decided to blindly take the plunge, pursuing a degree in architecture. Although I couldn't be happier I did, I know I would have benefited from talking to someone who had experience in studying architecture. Someone who could have advised me on the supplies I should've bought, the classes I should've taken, or even the time commitment and the magic of studio culture.
This is where The Student Architect came into play.
Once I was in a position where I felt I could manage my time enough to balance school and work, I decided to start a YouTube channel. Whenever and wherever I could, I filmed. I filmed model making in studio, showed an actual design charrette between students, and even took videos while on field trips. I wanted to turn my experiences into our experiences. I wanted prospective students to be able to see what it's really like to study architecture - including the criticism, long hours, decision fatigue, etc. as well as the more positive aspects.
Now, I am a freelance architectural designer with a particular interest in tiny houses and sustainability, an aspiring entrepreneur, a YouTuber, a teacher, and a writer, among many other things.
My journey didn't stop with my education - it started with it.