Yesterday there was a preliminary review in the 1st year design studio at METU Arch. It was the students’ first review after they entered the program about three months ago, and everybody was a bit anxious about what the reviewers would think of their work.
While all the tables in the studio had been pushed together to make room for the two review groups at either end of the studio, some were still making last minute touch-ups to their work. The students were expected to show models, sketches and diagrams from all phases of their current assignment, and the works literally piled up everywhere in the studio.
Guest reviewers had been invited from other parts of METU Arch as well as from architecture programs at other universities in Ankara. The discussions were vivid, and the questions from the reviewers were abundant, yet not always too easy to understand for the students, let alone to answer.
Even so, I think it is pretty amazing how much the students have already learned about design in this short period of time…