5 Things nobody teaches you during B.Arch

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A building is a living space: a life accommodated in it like a bird in a nest, a bee in a hive, a spider in a web. For making a human shelter into a comfortable home, an architect comes to play. An architect is the one who can understand the human behavior, requirements and other minute details, thus making a space livable. The subject of architecture is a blend of art, logic & reasoning, science, and math. A living space can’t be just constructed only in the perspective of aesthetics but also should be practically possible to construct and above all it should be user-friendly. A building is just not a piece of drawing which looks good for eye and great on paper. In many cases, it’s a lifetime association.

Besides the philosophical perspective on architecture, have you ever thought how the practical world of architecture would be like? Although the professors are always into pushing our boundaries of thinking, not many of them educate you how and what practicing architects’ day-to-day challenges be like.

Here are 5 things you should be aware of before stepping into practicing.

  1. Client World

Who’re clients? Well, the answer to the question is the users of an architect’s carefully knitted wool. It’s finally their home/space where they are going to live on a daily basis. Their comfort and budget are to be given the utmost priority.

Many of the people out there underestimate the work of an architect and some of them even ask for free designs or idea consultation over a dinner. But never disclose anything and everything then and there. Think and be like a business person.

Remember, does a teaser contain a movie?

  1. Practical & Liveable Designs

The living spaces are for living and not just for pleasing the eye. Make sure that you’re giving a synergy of aesthetics, practicable and low maintenance designs. The decision on the type of synergy to opt should depend on what type of building you’re designing for, the purpose of the building and if you’re the user, what are all the pros and cons living in this space would be like.

Fresh practicing architects often complain that the clientele they come across are extremely rigid and many times they opt for reputed and established architects.

Remember, humans, want to live in a dwelling, not in a monument.

  1. Real Estate

First of all, know the definition and insights of real estate term. In short, it’s a business of buying and selling of lands, property etc. The updates of real estate industry are essential for an architect because when you want to venture into government projects through tenders, you need to understand the land value of the particular state or city. This also helps in estimating the budget for a project.

Remember, the architect is the first person to enter a project and last person to exit.

  1. How to make money?

As architecture is one of the out-of-box careers one would choose, it’s obvious that you get noticed in the family and relatives circle. Most of them expect a very meager fee to be quoted or anticipate free work. To overcome these draw a thick line between profession and relation. Let your pals be astonished at your rules. Initially, you might lose out few projects but you would definitely stand out for your professionalism.

On the other hand, when it comes to outsiders, initiate your process of releasing the drawings with an agreement where you and the client are signing. This makes the client bind to you and not take designs from dozen other architects and make a fool out of the architecture community. Release the drawings stepwise and seek your fee accordingly. Try not to agree upon lump sum payment promises.

Remember, if you’re good at something, don’t do it for free.

  1. How to market your firm?

As per the rules laid by Council of Architecture, no architect should advertise about their firm and works based on traditional advertising strategies like other companies. It should always be a word of mouth that should spread across.

To enhance the minimum opportunity, tie up with already established firms to create your own circle of influence and clientele. You can also use social media platforms to mark your presence and create strategies where you’re not directly marketing your services or firm like that of Imperial Blue alcohol ads!

Remember, socialize frequently and make sure that you always hand your visiting card to people.

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