How Evaluation aids us in Self-Improvement

In Architectural study we are consistently assessed on our ability to present our ideas, externalising the internal. Sometimes they’re a mere scribble on a page, a disorganised thought, formless and immaterial even to words and gestures.

Sunlight Graffiti by Olafur Eliasson

Communication drives. The desire to create something meaningful is fuelled not necessarily by the best image but through a genuine passion and connection to an audience, and to be heard.

Not only in this way can drawings be considered performative within Architecture- but any act in attempt to risk potential failure in exposing your internal self to others.

Job interviews, critiques and peer review become a very obvious part of study, yet in an image and reputation culture our everyday in the act of appearing in life is up for consultation, warranted or otherwise. However despite the sweating palm and dry throat, its the opportunity to confront yourself and to expand, connect the threads between ideas and construct something unique. Like our garment our creative core stands at the forefront of our presence and its all too tempting to try to conceal it.

Pages line a book;- enveloped, covered, bound. To craft our own book, a portfolio or any other documented venture presents an opportunity to cast our selves ahead of our rattled body. When preparing for an interview, articles pose the hidden motive to common questions. Asking yourself “what is my biggest achievement” correlates to the work that lead you to where you are, at the table, whether personal or professionally referenced. The purpose of any publication is to introduce yourself to the world, and back it up, like a USB.

The duality and singularity of creative exposure is not discussed enough. We cloud everything with agendas of ‘social media presence’ and ‘graduate portfolio’ without getting to the itty-bitty nitty-gritty of why and how… personally and professionally.

The Ladder

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The ‘ladder’

What drives you? // How are you presenting that authentically? // What sets you apart from other people? // Do you know what your skills and attributes are? // How have you got to where you are today? // Where do you dare to follow? // Are you taking the safe route? // Do you see your work as purposeful or functional? // Can you recognise and set realistic goals for yourself? // Do you inspire or aim to inspire others?

It can feel like an interrogation but learning to reframe the experience can turn it into a rapid fire game of cards with yourself and make the reality of competition more productive and enjoyable

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