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What it Means to be an Architect
What does an architect feel? This question confuses thoughts and inflates a head like a balloon. You start thinking, select words… But every time they don’t sound as you want. Today we try to explain.
An architect is in charge of people who will love-sleep-eat-relax in his building. Men and women walking their dogs nearby. A postman who will be met by a house every morning. People who will stop on the green and share only one moment with it.
What emotion will a building leave? How will it speak to a guest? These depend on the architects’ dedication and the contexts invested in a space.
Being an architect is like running a marathon (but cooler). A starting point is your idea. Finish is a realized project. In the beginning you feel energetic and inspired. In the middle you're a bit tired, but keep pace in spite of the sun, rain or stomach saying, "Let’s have something to eat?". As usual, the last steps are the most difficult.
Trails are complex. Someone stumbles and loses the way, or chuckes his hand in because of a heavy backpack. It's normal. Natural selection.
Find «not» to withdraw from a marathon is the easiest. You don’t think alike with a client. Layout don’t meet the ergonomics. Suppliers don’t fit in time. But it is much more pleasant to cross the finish line and say: "Yes, I did it!".
Being an architect is to see your building in space. Make it to be friends with the environment, its organic part. The architecture doesn’t have to argue with "neighbors" in size and style.
Being an architectis having a heavy head because of information. Every day (!) you search for new borders of interactions human and space.
The practice is more valuable than theory. But create high quality "after" depends on comprehending "before". Being an architect is to fall asleep reading Le Corbusier, Benema, Koren. Or at least know who they are.
Being an architect is to ask strange questions. How do you feel? Who or what? Of strange responses you build a logical chain. A client does not understand. You understand that a client does not understand. Explain. Again. So an architect turns to a psychologist, and the conversation is delayed for many cups of tea.
The architecture based on interactions. We perceive the result, not the people "behind the picture". Architect + client. Architect + superintendent. Architect + contractor ... Architect is a frame keeping the project from the first line to the door installation.
Being an architect is catching puzzled looks because "Mom, why a guy has been standing near a building?". If a keen eye caught a worthy object, it is necessary to analyze and solve the puzzle. Sometimes a perfectionist wakes up inside and thinks what to change. But it's another story.
We planned to share some inside thoughts, but saw own profession in a new light.
Thank you, our reader.