Book helps prevent new architecture students from making common mistakes

Written by Iain Jackson, "The Architecture School Survival Guide" covers both broad designing ideas and specific architecture tips.

November 19, 2015 |
Written by Iain Jackson, "The Architecture School Survival Guide" covers both broad designing ideas and specific architecture tips.

Courtesy Laurence King

Iain Jackson, an architect and lecturer at the Liverpool School of Architecture, has seen his new architecture students make the same pattern of mistakes.

He’s here to help. Jackson wrote “The Architecture School Survival Guide,” a 156-page book filled with applicable tips and hints—and drawings.

ArchDaily ran an excerpt of the book’s fifth chapter, titled “Process.” In it, Jackson suggests that students should be bold, saying, “Be prepared to design what others think of as ghastly. Don’t automatically reject the popular, pastiche or commonplace. Modernism and minimalism do not always equal good.”

In the chapter, Jackson also examines the facets of architecture that could be overlooked, from big (like building pedestals) to small (doorways, for example).

From Laurence King Publishing, the book sells for $16.95.

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