Architecture is one of the most stressful jobs one can have. To be a professional architect, you have to spend so much time not only learning the required skills for your profession, but also diversifying and broadening experiences that can highly contribute to your architectural career. Arch2O offers you 10 activities that are not directly related to architecture, but they can enrich your personal and professional life.

  1. Play VR video games:

Virtual video games can unleash your imaginative powers that are limited by the possibilities of reality. They can also give you better understanding of spatial relations. Also, video games can develop your skills when dealing with the growing solutions of Virtual Reality.

  1. Read fiction:

Fiction allows you to live with other people and feel others’ emotions and it also develops your sense of empathy. As an architect, you should develop better understanding of other people and it could be attained through reading fiction about individual characters having various experiences and from different backgrounds such as Michel Ondaatje’s ‘The English Patient’ novel.

  1. Watch TED talks

You can have the chance to be exposed to diverse ideas offered by the most remarkable people from around the world through TED talks which is unsurprisingly an organization founded by an architect. You can definitely learn from TED speakers how to present your ideas in an entertaining and informative way. TED talks can also help you broaden your knowledge and experiences.

  1. Exercise

Exercising can help you greatly especially when working for long hours and living a stressful life. Regular exercising is highly recommended to improve your creativity and help you maintain a healthy life.

  1. Take things apart

Taking things apart has always been a source of relief for most of us. You can use your broken devices or those gadgets that you no longer use to disassemble them. This not only gives a sense of satisfaction and reduces your stress, but also offers you an opportunity to understand how things are functioning and help developing your creativity.

  1. Paint and take photos

You can learn a lot from painting and taking photographs. Taking color, light and composition into consideration while painting or capturing photos will give you another perspective towards designing. You can also observe little details around you when you are painting or taking a photo.

7. Embrace nature

Taking some time for yourself to enjoy nature is one of the most crucial ways that reduces your stress and develop a better understanding of locations and spaces. Also as an architect, you are responsible for conserving our environment. This can only be attained through gaining more knowledge about your environment.

8. Explore the world

Go on a journey to explore the unknown and that does not mean staying in luxurious hotels and visiting landmarks. Try to travel on a limited budget so you can get to know the locals and learn more about their cultures.

9. Volunteer

To be a successful architect, you have to know people’s needs and desires. Volunteering can help you get acquainted with people from your society. Understanding how people find a place comfortable and intimate, can be of great importance to your architectural career.

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