I feel like keeping a hard copy of this essay until I’m maesterly old and from a dusty old box, I’ll pull it out like sword, unroll it and read it in a husky, wisdomly voice to young aspiring architects as I am today. Naks, akala mo magaling!
This past week, I finally able to pass Thesis 1 of this bloody Architecture course, and I want to share few points I learned that may or may not be significant on your road ahead. Why should you trust me? Because I’ve been studying this course for almost 6 years now! (beyond normal but still acceptable to society). I’m like a veteran to this “game” already!
Nah, just kidding, ain’t proud of that. I don’t know why should you trust me.
To make it clear, these are all just based from my experience and opinions and need not to serve as formal basis in any deliberation or as way to insult or to ridicule faculty members. I also haven’t gone through Design 10 a.k.a. Thesis 2 so the points may still be revised and ideas may vary depending on the actual situation, student and all. It’s just for fun.
The 5 Aspects of Thesis Jury (genders used don’t pertain to any particular person)
The Samaritan – He’s the most favorable aspect of your jury. He’s like your mentor disguised as someone else to sit there, and from 50% chance of surviving, it’s now raised to 75%. Furthermore, “The Samaritan” can be 2/3 or 3/3 of the panel and now you’re lucky sonuvabitch.
Unfortunately, he doesn’t exist all the time. Sometimes, they don’t even exist in your school at all because angels aren’t equally being dispersed in the realm. You can easily recognize him as the one who supports you with your presentation such as forgotten details and explanations because you’re as nervous as a chicken from hell. He’ll even answer on your behalf when you can’t handle jury’s deadly inquisition anymore but it doesn’t mean he’ll tolerate your lapses.
He’s usually calm, soft spoken and smiles a lot.
The Antagonist – Definitely the enemy. She hates you because she thinks you’re dumb, and you’re there to prove her not. With that, you’re 50% chance of surviving decreases to 30% only. The chance of having her in your jury is same as the former but in the opposite way. She’s usually super intelligent and could tell what’s wrong with your life as soon as you enter the room. She’ll immediately blurt out things she knows about your project before you even started, as if already questioning what you’re yet to say. She’s impatient and hard to please. You should be emotionally prepared to not get intimidated.
If you’re imposing yourself as confident and smart, be sure your statements are correct because if not, she’ll be more aggressive until you slip off your feet. Not the ones to be underestimated because they can stop you in mid-presentation and give a failing grade if you’re not able to handle it decently.
On the brighter side, she’s the one who sets academic value high and keeps students challenged and well-driven.
The Theorist – Gives you 50% chance. He’s the one who sees the intangible aspect of your project. He likes out-of-the-box ideas. Right-sided brain. He’s more interested in your inputs and conceptualization process . He will tackle the statement of the problem, your main goal and objectives. Oh, right, you haven’t really completed your book! Don’t worry! He doesn’t care about your book, he’ll ask for things outside the room. Be sure to read extensively about your subject as he can easily sense if you’re just making statements up, he’s keen to the tone of your voice and body language. Aside from examining if you really know your project, he’s the one who demands for something “new.”
He usually wears button-downs and leather shoes.
The Pragmatic – Gives you 50% chance, not my favorite. He’s not into out-of-the-box ideas and favors practicality more. Left-sided brain. He’s more interested in your analysis, outputs, building technologies and environmental systems. I assume they’re more lethal in Thesis 2 a.k.a. “Design Translation” as it will include floor plans, elevations and bay sections (perspectives are of minimal impact, sorry). He’s very keen to details and will attentively listen to every words you’ll say, he also have the patience to read many parts of your book. You must know how to make your project work, regardless if it’s a new approach or not. Intensive reading/analysis is key.
He usually wears polo shirts and rubber shoes.
The Joker – He can be more interested on the food you have prepared (or something else) rather than what you’re presenting. Gives you 50% chance depending on his mood or the over-all mood of the jury. Usually, he tends to just echo what seems to be the status of the proponent. He can be recognized as someone who lacks comments or someone who just repeat or further explain what is already stated, but he could be a crucial deal breaker when jury falls apart. He’s usually a substitute inexperienced faculty member but definitely not all the time.
He can be a “silent killer” as he can give you the lowest (or highest) grade without you suspecting. He can also be “The Samaritan” but to certain students only.
Usual Types of Thesis Juror (not types of jury)