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I’m not very skilled at drawing or painting. Will that affect me, if I want to be an architect?

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Jose’s Answer

The reality is that with the drawing many ideas can be expressed that help to defend what we imagine, but whether you draw or do not know how to do it wrong is definitely not an impediment to becoming an architect, a good architect, and much less nowadays, where we can also rely on digital tools. That is an old myth that was solved a long time ago and it was all a mistake. Throughout the history of architecture and urban planning, there have been excellent professionals and they have not been the best draftsmen. So do not feel bad, on the contrary, draw, express yourself, express your art, what you imagine, what you understand, and do not worry if it doesn't look good. Little by little you will improve and learn. If you like architecture, don't leave it for the drawing, that would be a mistake. I tell you from my own experience.

I wish you good health, stay safe, and happy holidays.
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Lina’s Answer

No one starts off perfect! Dennis has a great answer regarding that, especially as he is within that industry. As Dennis mentioned, practice and look up in your own time tips that can help you improve your skills. When you're going to school, the university will prepare you for the necessary skills that you will need as well, so don't stress about it!

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Dennis George’s Answer

No, not at all. Though drawing and painting are extremely helpful with conveying your ideas to other people at the end of the day Architects are still tasked with providing measured drawings (Blue Prints or Contract Documents) to a client. Those drawings use industry standards to ensure that people like contractors can build from them no matter what architect draws them. Basically it means using the same lines, notes, shading, colors and symbols that every other architect uses to convey information accurately. And best part is that all of these things are taught in architecture school. So if you feel that you have a passion to make/design buildings then don't let your "current" ability to draw be a factor. Plus most architecture schools offer electives for free hand drawing and sketching if you want to get better at it and get credits too.
I had amazing professors at Ball State University in Indiana that helped to teach me to draw well....though I was okay when I started I was tons better when I graduated. Also, I promise this is true...drawing is a skill. Anyone can learn it and if you want to get better it just takes practice. That is the secret.
If you're still worried look up the architect Louis Kahn. He was an amazing architect one of the best on the last 100 years. And you know what he wasn't very good at drawing. But, he learned to draw well enough to convey his ideas to people.
So I say give it a try. Wishing you nothing but success in your future!

Dennis George recommends the following next steps:

Look up Louis Kahn
Don't stress you can do this
Sketch when ever you can
Look up "free hand drawing" on Youtube
Practice Practice Practice
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Mariya’s Answer

Drawing and painting is not only a talent, it is also a skill. It is very important for an architect to be able to express themselves, graphically, but not being “good” at drawing doesn’t mean the skill of visual expression required for being a good architect cannot be obtained through hard work. Composition, 3D thinking, colour science, perspective, shadow theory - all these things and more are very important for a successful architecture career, but all these things you can learn. I know a lot of architects from my studies that couldn’t paint or had no interest in drawing, but they learned how to draw still life and realistic images only by learning simple rules of perspective, space, colour, shadows etc. An architect is supposed to create images to express their ideas often to people who are not architects and have no understanding of construction or 3D imagination, so creating realistic images one way or another is important. However, don’t let the lack of talent in drawing discourage you from pursuing an architect’s career. Hard work is always an alternative if architecture is your passion.
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