I have experienced from the very first day in this college - a generic negation towards computers in design process. The primary logic behind this is about conceiving scale on a screen, and on a paper, where the former is dynamically changing and the later is static (and thus more conceivable ?)
There is also this motion which says - "computer is just a drafting tool". I think this arises due to the very fact of negligence towards design methods all over the world.
And further there is this motion which is far more illogical - "First learn to draw a straight line by hand, then touch the computer."
Are we just not noticing the naked truth that Descriptive Geometry is a thing of the past ? People are talking in Parametric modelling, Generative algorithms and fractal geometric forms which are being conceived by computers and further fabricated in a digital process. There are no more Euclidean definitions of forms visualized in point, line, plane and volumes which are translations of the previous respectively. It is space conceptualized as an infinitely porous mixture of mass and void existing in what is being referred to as - ordered spontaneity. And to grasp such a geometry - computers are essential.
We have to understand Computer is much much bigger than CAD.
Are we afraid to adapt new things ? Are the avant garde movements of architecture far beyond our reach ?
it is strange how perception changes... 3 years back when I was struggling hard to learn software on my own, spending hours before my computer, making a sphere in sketchup was a milestone. I was never into drawing or coloring as such and thus couldn't agree with my seniors who repeatedly said I should work in hand. They did help in learning sketchup , autoCAD, photoshop but always said not to use them for my design. Today I have reached a point, through rigorous practice and learning on my own, a point where I have achieved a reasonable software skill. Now I know which software to choose for what work, how to actually save time using multiple software at once.
But now when I start to think on my design, all I search for is a 6B and a butter paper...
what's more funny is seeing my juniors go through a similar phase, where software appears to be a tool that makes thing easier and faster. I would love to see this being proved wrong and then when people start going back to basics, they would start enjoying the art