Architecture skills and qualities

Architects are professionals who have a lot to cover on their plate. It’s definitely true that not everyone is meant to be one. Not only are they designers, they also need to understand the technical aspects of their design. Also, they must be creative with unique visions but also need to be able to understand the math and formulations that go behind their design. It’s a bit of a managing an architect will need to do if they want to be successful. However, if you are capable and also determine you have been given the signs of a career in architecture, then it’s highly probable this is the correct road to go down.
Here are some signs you should become an architect:
• You are a hard worker. While it’s good in all careers to be dedicated to your craft, it’s extremely important for an architect. You must be willingly to put in very long hours in this career. This means that you may even have to put in some hours on your days off or devote extra time during the evenings. The pressures of deadlines can make matters harder so those who crumble under stress should probably steer away from this career.
• You are intelligent and creative. Most people are either one or other. If you are both then you’re in luck. Architects need to be intelligent in order to determine and figure out the calculations of their buildings and how to implement the structural, mechanical, and electrical aspects. They also need to understand the materials they are working with as well. This will ensure safe structures for their clients and the general public. Alongside with being able to calculate numbers and other required aspects, being creative is also a huge benefit. Not only are you intelligent enough to understand all the proponents of a building, you are creative enough to design something that this aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
• You have great social skills. It’s important that architects have strong knowledge in negotiation and interpersonal skills. You will be dealing with people on a daily basis. Not just your clients, but also engineers, interior designers, and also your team. In order to avoid major clashes, you must know how to negotiate and know when it’s the best time to compromise. Being able to negotiate displays professionalism which is something everyone appreciates. Also being comfortable with speaking with people makes it much easier for you to get your vision across to those you communicate with.
• You find the process fascinating. In order to have a successful career as an architect, you must love the process along with the work. Being passionate about what you do it’s so important. It’s not just about drawing and building. Those are successful architects understand and realize they need to have vast knowledge in multiple fields while still being able to design. If you find the daily routine or job of an architect fascinating, then this is a great career for you to pursue. Only you know if you have what it takes to be an architect.
Sources:
1. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/architects.htm#tab-2
2. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/17-1012.00
3. http://www.ncarb.org/en/Becoming-an-Architect/What-Its-Like.aspx

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