Nadia Esrafilian Soltani wrote this article as part of their Bachelor of Architectural Design 3rd year elective, MADAboutMADA. In the elective, students are introduced to digital media and how it can be relevant to the architecture, design and art professions.
Mental health plays a crucial role in everyone’s life. For students we all need to have an ease of mind in order to be creative and to have an ideal life. When it comes to architecture students of Monash university, the amount of workload they are always given is intense. This analysis will discuss the different ways of how to deal with these pressures during the architecture course.
Mental health such as stress, anxiety and depression usually occurs at the age of 18-24 for architecture students, since architecture schools add another layer to the students already struggling with stress (Borson, 2012). One of the most important ways to deal with the stress of architecture student’s life, is to learn the important skill of time management. The skill focuses on understanding workloads and “respecting deadlines” (Jiga-Boy, 2012), and how to organize the time and give each task a specific deadline way before their actual final deadline, in order to help with mastering and reducing the stress and panic of not having enough time finishing the projects.
Physical exercise and having a healthy diet are another beneficial technique, that help reduce the pressure of the amount of projects architecture students are given, since architecture programs are one of the most “stressful degrees” (Hegenauer 2018, 4). The relationship between the physical health and the work architecture students create is undeniable, since architecture student’s main focus is about being creative to a large extent. Therefore, architecture student’s body needs be scheduled under healthy diets and regular exercises in order to become stressed relieved, which can lead them to be creative and innovative in their design works. Exercising will help the body to produce endorphin, an important chemical in our brain that helps in reducing the stress and effectively improve our concentration on creativity. 
Another way to cope with the stress brought about by architecture course, is to seek professional help and counselling advise, whether through the university counselling department or outside the university. As stated by the world health organization research in 2001, Anxiety and stress take around %24 of all the mental health diagnoses (Andrews, Sanderson & Slade, 2000; Goldberg & Lecrubier, 1995). Thus, when architecture students struggles with stress, if the severe stress is left untreated, unfortunately it can lead to “abandonment of degree” (Hegenauer 2018, 1) or it might lead to some major health/physical problems.
To conclude, coping with and mastering the stress of the architecture course is certainly a challenge for so many of the architecture students. But there have always been some beneficial methods to help the students reduce the amount of stress they are facing. As such, time management skills, asking for professional advice and following a healthy diet and exercise routine are just a few important ways that architecture students can benefit their mental health.
- Borson, Bob. “Mental Health Awareness for the Architecture Student”. Life of an architect
- Jiga-Boy, Gabriela. “Deadline.” Frieze d/E, no. 7 (2012): 28.
- Hegenauer, Jason. Stress, Depression, and Anxiety in Undergraduate Engineering and Architecture Students. 2018: 1-5.
- Andrews G, Sanderson K, Slade T, Issakidis C: Why does the burden of disease persist? Relating the burden of anxiety and depression to effectiveness of treatment. Bulletin of the World Health Organisation. 2000, 78 (4): 446-454.