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Introduction: TO STUDENTS: WHY ARCHITECTURAL THEORY IS VITAL

As a student, architecture reviews and critiques can be both invigorating and stressful.

You share the work you have done over the past weeks, months, or year. You present your

goals, process, and results. You present various drawings and models, as well as some

written text or verbal commentary. Likely, the final review is a requirement given by your

professor or program, and, maybe for some of you, you would prefer not to go through

with it. Some might truly look forward to this opportunity, to candidly present what you

believe are the strengths and weaknesses of your work, and to gain insights from an

esteemed group of critics. Maybe some of you are hopeful to receive praise for your hard

work and commendations for your successes. Some students simply do not want to miss

all the potential drama.