Top 10 Success Tips for Budding Architects

Architecture is one such field that is admired by the geometry connoisseur, number crunchers, and out-of-the-box thinkers around the world. It is one such profession that helps an individual to turn his imagination into a sure shot reality.

However, architecture is not merely about reading the course books and getting good grades in the subjects. Rather it is about being aware of the basic concepts and principles of the architectural field. Apart from academic knowledge, there are oodles of things that are indispensable to be a top notch architect in the industry.

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The experienced and renowned architects follow these factors, and if you are a young architect who desires success in this field, then ensure to incorporate these success tips in your life.

Smash Your Comfort Zone

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‘Life begins at the end of your comfort zone’ – Neale Donald Walsch.

Indeed a true and a great quote. In fact, not just life but you also achieve success when you move out of your comfort zone. In the context of architecture, if you are currently designing residential structures, do not hesitate to design the blueprints of commercial complexes. If you are involved in making commercial plaza, get your hands on some social infrastructure projects.

Make yourself indispensable to your firm and every other stakeholder.

  • Do not limit yourself to one architectural niche
  • Become a champion in one niche and try your hands on another one
  • Take risk and undertake something new every time

The key to success lies in how versatile and adaptable you are to the new trends and new niches.

Networking: Make it a Priority

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When you network, you survive. When you network, you find opportunities. Networking is one such factor that can help you grow in your career by leaps and bounds. Understand that networking doesn’t mean spending some time out of your cubicle and chatting with your colleagues and others in your office. Networking is an archetype of growth, success and opportunities. Make sure to leverage the full potential of networking by interacting and sharing your views with:

  • All the stakeholders of a particular project
  • Sharing your views and learning from other architects spread across the globe
  • Attending annual seminar, conferences, meet-ups, gatherings, etc. of the folks from your field
  • Interacting with third parties that you believe could help directly or indirectly in a project

A strong networking skill can take you very close to your desired vision or objective. Thus, keep it constant and do it confidently.

Adjust Your Radar for a Guru

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Remember that you are young in this field and you need to accept the harsh reality that there are much better architects in the industry than you. Perhaps you got the highest grade in your batch or you were a gold medalist of your batch, but there are architects who have rich experience.

Thus, it is indispensable to find a mentor before you commence your journey. A mentor here doesn’t necessarily mean the individual who gave you an orientation round or training session on the first day of your job. A mentor could be your

  • Immediate supervisor
  • Colleague
  • Team lead
  • Other senior architects of the industry

The person you choose to be your mentor, ensure that you always learn from him and see his guidance before undertaking major decisions.

Imparting is Learning

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Let’s say you have learned from your mentor to make amazing designs for commercial complexes. The same you can share with others in your firm to make them aware of the concept as well. Remember, this is not an exercise where you impress others or show them you know more than them. This is one such session where you could:

  • Revise what you learned
  • Listen to the opinions and suggestions of others on the concept
  • Learn new things in this brainstorming exercise
  • Find out what exactly you need to learn in your next meeting with your mentor

All in all, don’t limit the knowledge. Spread it for it may lead to new learnings and tactics to overcome existing as well as new challenges. The more you learn and the more confident you become to face the work related challenges, the sooner you can achieve your desired goals.

Don’t Hesitate-Ask

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If a raise in pay is what you consider success in your life or more work is something that you believe could help you become successful, then do not hesitate to ask for it. Perhaps, the management of your firm is quite occupied and doesn’t have time to pay attention to each and every one in your team.

In any case, make sure to have a word with your supervisor, team lead or the management to sort things out. If you have worked hard and deserve a raise, you are not wrong to ask for it. If you think you have a very high caliber and can undertake a lot more work, then go for it. In any of the cases, you have nothing to lose.


Think Ahead of the Curve

Did you know that Jørn Utzon’s proposal for the Sydney Opera House beat 232 other candidates for the job? This is so because the jury thought that Utzon had the capability to think big! Similarly, there is a need to think big if you wish to get ahead of the competition. Having mentioned that, keep in mind not to ponder over something which is:

  • Not Practical
  • Involves a large number of complexities
  • Fulfill only your short term goals but not the long term objectives

Think big but also make sure to come up with ways to turn your imagination into a hardcore reality.

Lend an Ear to Critics

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Don’t avoid critics! Especially now when you are young. Apart from your mentor or well-wishers, you can correct yourself with the help of critics as well. There are many who believe that it is better to neglect critics who always spot your mistakes or they think critics are born to find your flaws.

In fact, it is because of the critic, you’d find your mistakes and would be able to correct them.

  • Hire a critic’s service and ask him to find flaws in your design or methodology
  • Ask your mentor to be your critic
  • Join an architects’ community, share your plans and ask them to find mistakes for you

Remember the sooner you realize your mistakes and flaws the sooner you will be able to achieve success in your career.

Don’t Fear Failure – Learn From it

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Ironically, when you fail, you don’t really fail but learn about a way that didn’t work. With this positive attitude, ensure that you never demotivate yourself. Failure is a part of life and those who don’t fail won’t understand the true meaning of victory.

Start With Baby Steps

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Don’t assume things. You are new in the industry and you won’t be handed a major project in an instant. You’ll be given itsy-bitsy architectural tasks in the start but ensure that you give them as much importance just as you would give to a major project.

  • Do them with perfection
  • Leave no stone unturned to prove your worth
  • These small tasks are gateways to major architectural tasks that would further lead you to your goals. Hence, do them with your whole heart.

Focus on Your Strengths

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If your strength lies in comprehending the requirement of the client, focus on that. If you are an expert when it comes to field examination, ask you superiors to let you do the field related tasks. If you desire success, make sure that you strengthen your skills and learn new in a course of time. Based on your current strengths and capabilities, you can surely achieve your long term goals and thus, success.


Success Doesn’t Come to You; You Go To It

Be it as a young architect or a budding professional of any other field, you need to fathom the fact that success is all about doing what’s right at the right time in the right way. Success is something that doesn’t lie in results but efforts. Hence, make sure to apply your efforts in the right direction to achieve your desired milestone.


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