A Day in the Life of a ARCHIP Student
ARCHIP student Kasimir Suter Winter’s morning starts with a hot coffee and fresh pastry from Bistro 8. He steps outside, takes a breath of the cool, crisp air and continues his short walk to the ARCHIP campus.
His morning of classes begins with his Painting and Art Concept course, where he spends a few hours sharing his current project with peers and professors. The class serves as somewhat of an open forum where Kasimir receives critiques on his work, engages in a further discussion of his projects and ultimately develops methods of improvement. After this course, Kasimir sets out on an excursion for his Monument Preservation course taught by Hana Benešovská, an expert architecture historian who guides students to historic sites in Prague for a hands-on, in-person learning experience. Today, they attend the Museum of Architectural Elements that displays several items from historical architecture sites for the purpose of protecting, preserving, and educating the public on historic elements of architecture.
After lectures, Kasmir attends AD, a weekly consultation with his professors to display models and plans, talk about the progress he has made in the last week, and review what his plans are moving forward.
Now that he’s done with his classes for the day Kasmir takes some time to relax and grab a grab a quick bite to eat at Bistro Lanka, a kebab spot around the corner from ARCHIP. He then returns to ARCHIP to work with fellow students on some of the several extracurricular activities he is involved in.
Kashmir is a part of a student committee that is writing a review on the restoration process of the Petschek Villa. The group of students participating in the project have been closely examining the restoration process, researching the history of the building and today they meet with the architect in charge of the restoration process to gain more insight into his project. Each student has chosen an element of the restoration project to focus on in their review, and after two years the collection of essays will be published as a book.
Some more extracurricular programs Kasmir is involved with include ARCHIP talks, the student newspaper, Student Senate, the student government at ARCHIP, and Design Disco, a non-profit organization that hosts educational architecture workshops for high school students in Prague.
Kasimir ends his evening by teaching a three-hour workshop for Design Disco with fellow students at ARCHIP. ARCHIP students lead the workshop and teach the high school students who participate elements of design exploration and architecture.
After a successful workshop, Kasimir and a few friends stroll to the nearby Letna Beer gardens for a few drinks and bite to eat. They relax, talk about their day and unwind with the stunning cityscape of Prague in the background.
For Kasimir, there is no one routine he takes part in every day, and that’s what he loves about ARCHIP. There is true diversity in the courses and activities and whether it’s visiting a historic site, meeting with local architects, or participating in workshops he is always doing something different and exciting. At ARCHIP there are many unique opportunities for student engagement that are supported and encouraged by the faculty and staff. Kasimir says “We truly are a community here at ARCHIP, we are all here because we wanted something different and we wanted something original. We wanted our own path, not the paved path, and that uniqueness is what unites us.”
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