While in college, the world of architecture seems a promising proposition to many young architecture students. The same stands true for young graduates, who are raring to make a mark for themselves in the field. The truth is that professional architecture is very difficult from whatever knowledge is passed on at school.
However, with ever-expanding materials and methods, not to forget better CAD technology than before, there is a lot to look forward to. Here are some useful tips for aspiring architects.
Client relations are of paramount importance
Many experienced architects jokingly compare client relations to dating, and for good reason. An aspiring architect must always strive to create a body of work and reputation to attract profitable prospective clients. Just like with life, they must know what clients to work with and whose requests to politely deny. While giving discounts, let it be known and always be open about matters of time and money.
Know the art of dealing with contractors
An architect can sure dream up groundbreaking concepts and ideas, but contractors are the ones that will execute them in reality. This is reason enough to treat them with respect. An architect should start building a good network of skilled and reliable tradesmen early in his/her career. Remember that you even though you do represent project owners, support should be given to contractors where it is due.
Stay open to learning on the job
Finishing school does not mean your learning will stop there. In fact, architecture is one of those fields where actual learning happens on-the-job. Likewise, the learning you receive at the workplace will differ with the one you did at school. It pays to focus on skills that will stand you in good stead at the workplace. For instance, architects with good graphical skills can go on to become graphic designers and renderers.
Embrace sustainable spaces and designs
It is disheartening to see young architects often focusing on creating and designing buildings and not human spaces. People are at the heart of great architecture, and the best designs are created around their needs, desires, and habits. Upcoming architects often tend to aspire to create monumental buildings. The truth is that the center of their focus should be habitats with sustainability.
Stick to your strengths
Opportunities abound for new architects, with stronger economies than earlier and a sudden boom in the architectural industry. An aspiring architect should work on their strengths and pitch them to employers as something they can offer instantly, while still learning the trade. Your strength could be any aspect of your job that reflects your imagination, originality, and professionalism. The areas you are strong in are areas you have worked on in school and sought internships and courses in.
Learn to communicate
An aspiring architect should aim to be a better public speaker as well. Before an important meeting, practice giving the presentation. If possible, have colleagues or peers attend your rehearsals and ask them to critique it. It is a common practice to befuddle clients with architectural jargon. Drop this and try to speak in a language that can rid the listener of all his doubts.