"Architect = (Engineer + Art) – (Engineer + fear)"
Learn about structure.
The more you learn about structure, the more structure can influence your design. This does two things for you: It makes your building more realistic and it makes you look smart. This is because you’re now looking at architecture through two lenses, that of a developer and that of a designer. You have to think like both of them to be a successful architect (even though thinking like a developer sucks sometimes). This doesn’t mean confining your projects to a boring box or column grid system, either. Have you every seen a shell structure by Felix Candela? Look him up. A knowledge of structures can take your design even further.
This is so true. You have to always have in mind if your design can be actually build.
And I don’t find, seeing my design as a developer, boring at all, just the opposite of this - I see it as a CHALLENGE.
As a matter of fact, at my Faculty, for these last two years, for every project we design, we must have a though out construction.
The more you know about structure, the better architect you are.
As girlofchaos reminded me, It was Santiago Calatrava, that after finishing architecture school, he finished engineer school, because he was sick of all the engineers telling him that his designs could not be build - THE COMPLETE ARCHITECT.