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How can I be more helpful while working as an architect?

I am in 8th grade and looking to be an architect when I grow up.

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Davide’s Answer

Hello Leonel,
It's wonderful to see your passion for architecture! This field is truly thrilling, offering you the chance to grow your expertise daily. You'll have the opportunity to exchange experiences with other budding architects and students, or even learn from seasoned architect mentors.
I'd highly recommend chatting with a certified architect. You'll see firsthand how they're always honing their technical and architectural skills to deliver top-notch solutions to their clients.
There's a whole range of architectural skills waiting for you to master, along with a suggested educational path to follow.
Don't hesitate to share more about your ideas or if you need more information. I'm here to help. Thanks!
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Melinda’s Answer

Hi Leonel,

In my experience, the best architects focus on 3 things that make them helpful and good at their job.

1. They listen to their clients' needs. They pay close attention to what they want. They take good notes. They try hard to accommodate the clients' ideas and wants over their own.

2. They stay up to date on the latest trends, products, and innovations in living and working spaces. They share this information with their clients so that these new ideas can be incorporated into the end product. As a professional in the field, architects have access to industry information that the client does not, so it is very helpful to provide new ideas to the clients.

3. Architects need to understand construction. Just because something can be drawn doesn't mean it can be built. A beautiful design is not workable if it creates structural or space issues. A good architect spends time on construction sites seeing how things are built and uses that info to design accordingly. They walk through spaces to see how they flow, how much room is needed for specific functions, and what makes people comfortable in the space.
Thank you comment icon This is a good summarization here I was going to add my own two cents but I don't have to. The biggest issues I've had with engineers and architects is they don't consider real world application or understand that some things just will not work. Listen to your contractors and the people who build things who've been doing it for years they will tell you and teach you. They're never trying to put you down or tell you you're dumb or stupid or anything like that they're trying to make sure you understand something and it will save you a lot of time and heartache in the future. Ryan Jackson
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Henry’s Answer

Hi Leonel, I would say to have the big picture in mind. Ask about what it is you are doing to help the design stay within the big picture. The clearer that answer is the more helpful you will be, either to defend or allow the contractor going the least path of resistance. Your relationship to the client is key and having that big picture in mind will make you more helpful.
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