you see fayezah,I've been studying Architecture in the Czech republic and for 3 years the technical part was always on second place.
in general,all i know about programing today is like 90% the afford I've done by myself,withought being pressured to do so.
so I guess it more depends on the school you are at..
and no,i don't think that Architecture can be mastered withought manual work.there has to be a good balance between technical and manual.......
Fayezah, as with Stella's reply, having both technical knowledge and manual knowledge is very important in itself.
As a 4th year student in Australia, I have found a great appreciation for manual skills, since we were not allowed to submit digital or digitally drafted work until halfway through 2nd year.
The manual skills are also something nore natural and fluid. I find if I try to design purely digitally, I latch onto a single idea all too quickly and don't look for other solutions. Whilst manually I try several more options more readily and usually come up with a much better solution.
I also have a strong inclination for all architectural student to have a wide knowledge of Geometrical skills, as they have helped me design more substancially. But then, it really does come down to where you get your education.
i completely agree...but this is the problem here...right from our foundation year, emphasis is on technical work instead of manual....
manually ,i think is more easy to compile the concepts,exhibit them and present them.....plus it enhances the scenes of creativity within ourselves
u r rite fayezah, just like what others said that different universities have different point of views, as I m studying in uDus Valley, here from foundation year to final year, we work on whatever medium we wish to work on. we do not have formalities of having autocad drawings on computer generated sheets, thats second to us.so i think if u really want to do architecture then u shud look into other universities work and maybe u mite like it here then there. i m telling u this cuz u just started architecture and there is still chance of switching uni, cuz wen u r in 2nd year u mite then have to waste a year and then join any other uni, if u complete ur first year and then apply for joining indus in second year, then u mite get in. also if u r on facebook, u shud luk at our process work and finals, i m sure that wud help u alot.
.As already said by few ppl above a balance must b maintained btw both.A debate between manual or technical is basically similar to a debate btw mom or dad.... few ppl may b masters in manual work and few may be experts in technical stuff... bt a successful architect is neccessary to hav 2 b trained in both manual and technical.And ofcourse it also varies btw universities and not basically univrsities, it also depends on the guide u get. a staff might decide on wat basis u shd wrk on, as a student if srm university, v experience the same. bt above all manual wrk takes the first place in all the universities for the students of first yr....
there is a general concept here that its important to have a good knowledge of both technical and manual solutions..
I have found that manual perceptions are fundamental to the learning process as it forces the mind to play with geometry more freely, but as time progresses, in these highly technological times its vital to learn the various types of drawing tools like AutoCad, Rhino, Revit, Photomax ... etc etc... presentation is what sells your ideas to the client and yourself to potential employers.
So for me manual is a great way to express ideas and create imaginative designs but the technology is vital to pack that punch for the sales pitch.. or Uni presentations..
Of course no. The basics of architecture starts with manual drafting, amongst which are free hand sketches, taking of proportion, etc. Manual drafting makes your hand flexible and helps you makes it easy to proffer the best solutions from a number of options you've generated manually. You see, design ideas are first conceived from the mind, then these ideas or concepts are transferred manually on paper for further development. That is not to say that technical means of designs are not relevant. They are equally important. Therefore, balancing the two is important to an architect. But, first thing first; know the BASICS which is MANUAL drafting.
If I were you I would concentrate on the answers given by Paul Carline and Gideon Abraham, they have said what I would have said to you too, so I am not going to repeat those things. I will only re-emphasize it this way : Architecture is for people who can think with their minds, not their computer and drafting is for people who would only give their best to make a living. If you want to make your employer happy keep these skills at bay - The Revit and the Rhino and so on. If you want to keep yourself happy in the future becoming an Architect keep these skills at bay - the thinking process of a creative human being who can at the stroke of a pencil produce lines right in front of his/her client's eyes and amaze their clients!