Architecture students that spend their time searching the many online platforms for design inspiration will be aware that the profession they are aiming to enter into is laden with an unending list of clichéd opinions (yes, we’re guilty of this, too!). These stereotypical viewpoints — peddled both within and outside of the studio — can make for great entertainment, but also serve to perpetuate preconceived ideas amongst aspiring architects that risk putting them off an incredibly rewarding career.
Here, we take a lighthearted look at some of the most frequently overheard untruths about architectural practice. Many of these constitute exaggerations of well-founded issues with the profession, while others can be exposed as vast generalizations upon closer examination. Either way, this list serves as a guard against just a few of the sweeping statements that can inadvertently foster a culture of negativity across the profession.