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Beware the Ides of M.Arch

February 25th, 2013 · 60 comments

“Architecture students are known for their creative, um, madness,” writes our submitter. “Combine that with severe sleep deprivation, and voilà!” Among the architecture master’s students who share this studio, our submitter says, this masterpiece of a note has already become legend.

Don't ever think about touching this model. Are you happy if I touch your model that you spend so much time and money? Just look at this model if you want; however, don't judge anything if you're not the professor. Don't speak out about this model or shake your head like something is wrong about this model (in front of me) if you aren't 100% sure about right and correct. This model's just different unlike yours, that's all. Mind your own business. Keep your noose out of my business Don't worry about it. It's none of your business. A third party should not thrust his nose into these matters. If i find out that you touch this model, I will definitely touch yours. Don't incite me to fight with you. Don't goad me on to destroy you.

related: Untitled — Broken Glass

extra credit: Architorture School

FILED UNDER: college life · most popular notes of 2013 · touching

60 responses so far ↓

  • #1   GFL


    Feb 25, 2013 at 5:14 am   rating: 73  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Kate

      Ides of M.Arch. Classic.

      Actually, whatever this is making you imagine is exactly what studying architecture is like. Exactly. And practicing it too come to think of it.

      Feb 25, 2013 at 6:09 am   rating: 26  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   orogomait

      lol and if there was a picture of a shark it’d be sharkitecture

      (there is an ‘ark’ sound at the end of shark and at the beginning of architecture so if you combine them LOLLLLLL)

      Feb 25, 2013 at 3:49 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #1.3   ItWasObvious

      Um, did you really feel the need to explain that to us? Pretty sure we got it. And anyone who didn’t should go back to middle school…

      Feb 26, 2013 at 9:45 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #1.4   Beatus Mongous


      Feb 26, 2013 at 7:35 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #2   Silence

    They’re obviously not very good at…

    :::puts on sunglasses:::

    …building healthy relationships.


    Feb 25, 2013 at 6:51 am   rating: 91  small thumbs up

  • #3   Purr Monster

    My brother attended an Ivy League school to study architecture several decades ago. It was appallingly cut-throat, and I can’t imagine that it’s gotten any better (maybe it has? who knows). Students would destroy other students’ work. Team note-writer.

    Feb 25, 2013 at 7:56 am   rating: 39  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   pooham

      I had a friend who quit an Ivy League school for that exact reason. I enjoyed my state university where we helped each other out.

      Feb 25, 2013 at 11:43 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

  • #4   H for Toy

    Don’t incite me to fight with you.
    Don’t goad me on to destroy you.
    Don’t be a menace to South Central while drinking your juice in the hood.

    Feb 25, 2013 at 8:06 am   rating: 65  small thumbs up

  • #5   Mark

    Well, i think we found a crappy Architect.

    Yes, i understand the no touching policy. However, the entire point of the studio format is to get feedback form your peers. Advice, comments, and questions from studiomates was ALWAYS welcome, both when I did my BA and MA. Shutting out your peers like means not only that you are afraid what you are doing is crap, but also that you are unwilling to learn and get better. You are with your professor 1-on-1 maybe 45min a week, but you are in your studio 20 hours a day. Take advantage.

    Feb 25, 2013 at 8:22 am   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   JamiSings bang

      But maybe it’s one of those situations where the other students put people down to try and get them to quit. There are really nasty people who are like that, after all. And after awhile you understand you’re not learning anything from them so they should even waste their breath.

      Feb 25, 2013 at 10:11 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

  • #6   RODGD bang

    How much more insane will the subject become when the only design work that Architecture Degree will get them will be doing pretty pictures on Starbucks foam.

    Feb 25, 2013 at 9:28 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Limeliberator bang

      Well, think about it this way: You always hear about uber-talented people who graduate at the top of their class. What happens to the people who graduate at the BOTTOM of their class, but still graduate? Yeah, think about THAT next time you’re at the Doctor’s office… or in a building that looks like it might fall down.

      Feb 25, 2013 at 2:22 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   Dantebenuto

      George Carlin has a bit about “the World’s Worst Doctor” that follows this bent. Nice!

      Feb 25, 2013 at 4:40 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #7   Ace of Space

    This note is just delicious. It makes me want to thrust my nose into it. It’s different unlike me.

    Feb 25, 2013 at 9:57 am   rating: 26  small thumbs up

  • #8   Roto13

    So yeah, there’s about a 0% chance I’d be able to read that sign and then *not* glance at the model and dry heave.

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:15 am   rating: 29  small thumbs up

  • #9   pseudony mousie

    There’s just something about the formatting of that note that makes me think the inside dimensions of that model are half a millimeter larger than the outside dimensions.

    It’s pretty clear that staying away from it is the safest course of action, at least.

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:16 am   rating: 26  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   touko

      oh man, yeah. I can just imagine this guy or girl exploding if someone corrected the note.
      “Don’t touch my model.”
      “Don’t worry dude, just making some grammar corrections annnnnnd done. Here I even added a smiley face at the end.”

      Feb 25, 2013 at 11:47 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

  • #10   Dana

    If i were reading that sign i would leave a load or red pen corrections behind to correct the grammar !

    He can draw / design but he can’t write !!

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:18 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #11   Raichu

    I know some archies at my school and they’re all really cool. But they DO spend like, half their life in their studio (including often sleeping there – they literally have cots there) so it doesn’t surprise me that some people would be driven to snap, if they were already crabby people.

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:26 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Mark

      half their life? slackers. Its typically around 85% min. The other 15% is just to go and find a shower somewhere (once every 2-3 days or so).

      Feb 26, 2013 at 8:24 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #12   Yussuyer

    Surely there’s a message hidden in the blue/red/italic/bolded/underlined font thought right?

    The “don’t”s are all red, but then there’s a “none” that’s red also! What brings him/her to make some threats simply bold, and others bold AND italic?!! there must be a reason!

    “If I find out that you touch this model, I will definitely touch yours” is just sinister

    Feb 25, 2013 at 11:05 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   ShishkaBerry

      Fight judge touching! Shake your head – speak out your business! Destroy!

      Feb 25, 2013 at 11:57 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #12.2   Ms Ann Thropic

      Not only are there different colors and italicization but the subtle different fonts add just a splash of crazy.

      Feb 25, 2013 at 1:42 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #12.3   VM

      Don’t know about the notewriter’s architectural stylings, but when it comes to writing and typography it’s evident this student doesn’t believe “less is more”

      Feb 25, 2013 at 5:22 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #12.4   SilentPsycho

      I understand it! It’s Rune Factory 3 Sofia-writing! All the stuff in red is the opposite of what it says, and the stuff in blue has extra importance.

      Feb 26, 2013 at 11:17 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #13   Gray

    Ooh, kinky. Touch me, model maker. Touch mine like I touch yours. *swoon*

    Feb 25, 2013 at 11:10 am   rating: 26  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   Jami

      Toucha-toucha-touch me! I wanna be dirty! Build me, make me, sculpt me – Model Maker Of The Night!

      Feb 25, 2013 at 8:18 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #13.2   Wench

      I had to re-read the last sentence ‘cos at first glance I was convinced it read ‘don’t gonad on me’…..

      Feb 26, 2013 at 2:18 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

  • #14   kermit

    Hasn’t someone already invented an impenetrable dome to protect architecture models and prevent people from messing with it? And it somebody really hasn’t invented one, aren’t architecture models practically obsolete now that computer modelling/visualization software is so good at giving people a feeling for what the building is supposed to look like?

    Feb 25, 2013 at 11:25 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Mitzi

      Some people think that modelling is obsolete, but according to the pack of architects that I work with, you get a completely different feel for the building when you build a physical model. It is also a different skill set: architectural technologists often work only with the CAD.
      wheras most architects are of the artsy-fartsy, semi-loony persuasion. (I mean that in the most loving way possible guys, I swear!)

      Also, physical models are more impressive to show off to clients than computer generated ones. :)

      Feb 25, 2013 at 5:57 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #15   unPC

    he must be a Mac user! lol

    Feb 25, 2013 at 11:27 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #16   Rene

    Writer is obviously unaware that they are basically daring people touch it & run away giggling…at least that’s what I would do.

    Feb 25, 2013 at 11:45 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

  • #17   pooham

    Don’t think about touching it. Don’t speak about touching it. Don’t think about speaking about touching it.

    Feb 25, 2013 at 11:48 am   rating: 25  small thumbs up

  • #18   So

    I would not trust any architect who doesn’t notice that he has changed font half way through his note!

    Feb 25, 2013 at 11:48 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

  • #19   m9

    do not taunt happy fun model (speaking of which, i so badly want to see this thing now).

    Feb 25, 2013 at 12:27 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   Islay

      Yes yes! Post a photo of it so that we can all mock it!

      Feb 25, 2013 at 8:20 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #20   H for Toy

    I paid a lot of money for this call gi… er… model! DON’T TOUCH HER! SHE’S MINE!

    Feb 25, 2013 at 12:55 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #21   Mushroom

    How much says this model isn’t that different from the others — or is impractical for its purpose, ars gratia artis?

    Feb 25, 2013 at 1:14 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #22   Limeliberator bang

    I would have incited him to fight but that “don’t goad me on to destroy you” part made me think better of it.. I mean, this seems like the kind of person who would remove his model and then set the entire studio on fire just to make a point.

    Feb 25, 2013 at 2:18 pm   rating: 26  small thumbs up

  • #23   courtney bang

    I feel such a strong urge to go touch his model then taunt him because I have no model for him to revenge-touch.

    Feb 25, 2013 at 2:24 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

  • #24   KittenPlaysTheViolin

    Why is this note centered? It should be bulleted on the left. Grrr.

    Feb 25, 2013 at 3:07 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   The Elf

      Yeah, centering a list pretty much destroys the point of a list. I suspect it unnerves him to have text that is asymmetrical. Maybe he thinks the top of the paper is going to collapse to the right if too much text is on the left.

      Feb 25, 2013 at 8:05 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #24.2   pooham

      Love The Elf

      Feb 26, 2013 at 11:14 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #25   Oedipa

    A fight with this person might be interesting to watch. I’m picturing whole model villages being put to the torch, or smashed using catapults built perfectly to scale. Maybe a Trojan horse.

    Feb 25, 2013 at 6:03 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   The Elf

      I have enough spare wargaming minis that it would have been very hard for me not to equip a few of them with little torches and little pitchforks to put outside the model ala Frankenstein.

      Feb 25, 2013 at 8:07 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

  • #26   Dane Zeller

    I would have placed a title, centered on the note, in, let’s say, 124 point type. It would say:


    That would be the only way I would not touch the model. Do = Don’t. Don’t = Do.

    Feb 25, 2013 at 6:06 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #27   tschichold

    That is some crazy ass typography … this person is either gonna turn out to be the greatest architect ever or die alone in a ditch. No half measures with with frank lloyd fright here…

    Feb 25, 2013 at 7:05 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

  • #28   Kenzie

    That last bit got pretty intense…

    Feb 25, 2013 at 8:25 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #29   snarchitect

    I love this title like crazy. I just wish this submission had been held and posted a few weeks later!

    Feb 25, 2013 at 9:35 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #30   Bee Good

    The only bigger asshole than an engineer is an architect. At least engineers can get their plans to close.

    Feb 26, 2013 at 9:12 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #31   All my architectural heroes are now dust

    Seriously. I was raised to respect architects. Mr. Brady and his clever split level house and the way he looked so groovy and obviously made the big bucks, enough so that he could have a live-in maid like Alice…These were the stuff of my imaginings when it came to architects. I know that George on Seinfeld felt the same way. Architects, now THEY were a breed apart, a glorious culmination of art and practicality, living breathing ART that you could live and breathe in. Now, all is dust. Architects aren’t the special class of people I used to think they were. They are catty, spiteful, and walk around touching each other’s models to spite them and shaking their head and sighing as they look at them even when they aren’t touching them. I don’t know if I will ever be able to watch the Brady Bunch EVER again without wondering about Mr. Brady’s shady past.

    Feb 26, 2013 at 9:29 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

  • #32   MissDragonMage bang

    This is an interesting way to try to keep people from attacking your work. . . although I completely agree with him.

    As for his grammar/spelling, I quote a friend of mine who is an electrical engineering major and who cannot spell to save his life. “I MAKE THINGS WITH MATH”. Unfortunately, those with a math brain can have a hard time with spelling. Team Note Writer

    Feb 26, 2013 at 11:00 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #32.1   The Elf

      Yes, and vice versa. Still, this was obviously done on a computer, right? So he could have spell-checked it.

      Feb 27, 2013 at 7:40 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #32.2   redheadwglasses

      I disagree. I work with a lot of engineers, and the overwhelming majority are actually very good writers, and a few are *excellent* writers. Maybe two are bad writers, but they are very good engineers. Either they paid attention to grammar/spelling in middle school and junior high, or they didn’t. IF they didn’t, they’re never going to care about getting better.

      Feb 28, 2013 at 11:32 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #33   sambycat

    I don’t like nobody touching my stuff. So just keep your meat-hooks off. If I catch any of you guys in my stuff, I’ll kill you. Also, I don’t like nobody touching me. Now, any of you homos touch me, and I’ll kill you.

    Lighten. Up. Francis.

    Feb 26, 2013 at 5:50 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #33.1   pkay

      I was actually counting posts to see how many it took to get to the “Stripes” reference. I was reading it with an accent.

      Mar 1, 2013 at 2:50 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #34   harold

    I can totally see how goading this person could be a lot of fun.

    Feb 26, 2013 at 9:13 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #35   redheadwglasses

    Architects are my client.

    This student will make a perfect architect. I look forward to dealing with this pain in the ass in the future.

    Feb 28, 2013 at 11:28 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #36   Ammy

    Wow. The note is almost a piece of art in itself, with all the different colours and alternating between cursive, bold, cursive bold, underlined, underlined cursive and normal.

    Mar 17, 2013 at 8:21 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up


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