Architect’s Tips: How to Stay Busy During a Crisis

Everyone’s working from home, but there’s only so much work you can do in a day. Forget organizing your closet or learning how to cook; you need a hobby that will actually take your mind off the current situation. To help you out, we’ve come up with four different ways that you can stay occupied like an architect.

Learn to Draw Buildings

Every architect started as an artist, and every artist needs to start somewhere. Self isolation is a great time to pick up a pencil and finally learn how to draw. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, the internet is full of online classes to help you progress beyond your current skill level.

If you want to learn to draw buildings, we recommend Circle Line Art School’s video tutorials. After a few lessons on perspective and line theory, you’ll be drawing your favorite locations like you’ve been an artist for years.

Try Architectural Photography

Depending on where you live, outdoor activities may be permitted as long as you maintain a social distance of six feet. Luckily, you don’t need to be anywhere near other people to take photos of Atlanta’s amazing architecture. 

First, brush up on your architectural photography tips. Then, grab your phone or favorite camera, and head outside. Look for buildings with interesting features, deep shadows, or designs that really stand out. Consider submitting your best pictures to the Atlanta Photographic Society’s monthly photo competition.

Learn to Make 3D Models

Building designs start on paper, but in the modern day, they usually end up as 3D models. This lets your architect create a realistic structure that looks good from multiple angles.

You can join in the fun by learning basic 3D modeling with a software like Tinkercad. Play with shapes, design your dream house, or come up with a new invention. If you like your design, you can even order a 3D printed replica from an online manufacturer.

Participate in a Crowdsourcing Project

Zooniverse has been around since 2007 and continues to be one of the world’s favorite scientific crowdsourcing platforms. Researchers upload photos or data, and volunteers help identify and classify information better than any AI ever could.

Whether you’re into astronomy or nature conservation, there are plenty of Zooniverse projects to keep you occupied. For an architecture-related project, check out Sounds of New York City. You can also learn about cell structure and help the medical field with Etch a Cell and Bash the Bug.

The team at SEA Studios would like to extend our best wishes to the entire community during these difficult times. Our staff remain available over phone or email if you would like to discuss your next building design.