What does an architect really do?
Do they just work in an architecture company and called upon whenever there is new work or do they do more things than just creating blueprints?
A lot of people have misconceptions about the work an architect does. Although it is true that they take designs- from concept to reality- they actually encompass many things beyond the ones mentioned.
You could say that their role is a major one, given that they design buildings for people to use. Whether you create a home for your client’s family and friends to come by, eat, and sleep, or perhaps you create an office building that is equipped with the latest and greatest to provide the best experience to your client’s employees.
Whatever the case may be, an architect does a lot of things. The architect can give new life to otherwise boring buildings.
Some say that being an architect is like running a marathon. You start off with an idea and you are off to the races. You have plenty of energy to start with.
Once you come to the middle part of the process, your creativity starts to decline and it gets harder and harder until you reach the finish line.
That is pretty much a good analogy for what architects do. You start off with a concept based on your client’s specifications. You will then create the layout that is needed for the construction of the building to commence.
Then, you will come across obstacles along the way, such as some of the things that are not according to your layout, ergonomics not being set, suppliers did not bring all of the necessary things on time, and so much more.
However, despite the many challenges they face, architects are the unsung heroes of this generation (apart from others as well). When someone sees a building, they would normally think about the builders that have created such a structural marvel, but rarely do people think about the one that made it all happen.
Being an architect is no small feat. You have to complete about 5 years of formal education and you will have to do some internship for about a year or two.
In the educational institution, you will learn the necessary things that will help you become a good architect. Not only will you gain the knowledge that you need, but you will also develop the skills necessary for you to succeed in this industry.
Things like improved communication skills, time management, creative and technical drawing, among many other things are taught and established as the aspiring architect learns things in school and in the company they work for.
In the end, we must have a growing appreciation for what an architect does. So, the next time you look at an amazing building, do not just look at the owner of the building but also appreciate the concept that started it all.