As I’ve blogged about before, I have had the pleasure of participating in critiques at the University of Florida’s Jacksonville Studio for 4th year undergrads. Recently I was able to participate in the final critique. To say that the students listened to our midterm critique and took our advice and expertise to heart would be an understatement. To continue to say that these students have a very bright future ahead of them would be an even bigger understatement.

The level of design skill that I witnessed and the degree of resolution from midterm to final crit in most cases was astonishing. And as a practicing architect, these opportunities to sit with the upcoming generation of architects and listen to their presentations and talk through their designs is such a thrilling experience. As I’ve said before, if you’re an architect and you don’t volunteer your time and expertise to pour into these students getting ready to enter the work force, you’re not using your own time and talents to their potential.

Here are some photos I took of some of the final projects. As students we don’t have the depth or breadth of knowledge necessary to fully realize a project, but these students certainly did their best to go as far as they were able and in my opinion succeeded.









Lisa Saldivar