Being a successful architect is my dream and my goal. I wanted the Final Major Project to be the first architectural project I start within my chosen career. I wanted my project to hit all the targets and be useful and effective, so I aimed to work on making prefab shelters for Syrian refugees. Many such refugees still live in miserable tents on the borders and go through hard weather such as snow and rain every year.
I researched the camps’ conditions and what refugees need. Then, I looked for subjects that might help me to design the shelter. I was interested in two things in particular. First, ‘Less IS More’. I researched it, and I gathered enough information on how to create an effective and simple design. Also, I was interested in biomimetic architecture. I looked at architects and buildings inspired by nature, to inspire me to take advantage of the nature that surrounds us. Finally, I researched using plastic, and looked for the benefits of using recycled materials, so we could take advantage of the disposable plastic that covers most of the refugees’ camps and use it to make the shelters’ pieces.
I had to figure out the way of designing the shelter to make it prefabricated, cheap, durable and portable by transportation. So, I started the final stage of my project by drawing sketches, suggesting sizes and using the scale (1:20) to design the pieces and the shapes. At the same time, I was looking for possibilities of disassembling and re-installing. I ended up with a successful way of designing the shelter, but I had to learn how to use ‘Illustrator’ to design the shapes. I taught myself, and I managed to make some very accurate sketches. I used MDF board to build my outcome.
In the end, I got exactly what I aimed to achieve and I feel satisfied with my progress and my results. I had a wonderful experience of what kind of difficulties architects might face. I made the most of all my skills in drawing, designing, learning new skills, and I enjoyed each stage of my project.
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