Whether you’re an established or freshly graduated architect, all great professional designers of buildings care about three main things.
Have you ever put together a large jigsaw puzzle with a lot of pieces? At least one puzzle piece is always difficult to place. It isn’t a corner puzzle piece, but one of the middle ones that looks too similar to the others to stand out, but is still unique. Every professional represents this different piece as they have their personal perception of the value they add as an expert in their industry. Architects are no exception to the rule.
It spurred our curiosity. Therefore, we made a brief research to find out what people in the AEC industry care about. There may be some surprises for you, there may be none!
Keep reading and find out if you value the same things.
People as a source of inspiration
Architects design buildings for people, so they need to understand what comfort and quality represent for an occupant in order to deliver an excellent drawing. When you start sketching the building, you input your creativity and knowledge, hoping the client will be happy. ‘’Is the visual representation innovative and modern enough?’’, you quietly ask yourself.
As in many industries, a draftsman starts with trying to figure out all the desirable elements for the building owner, but also the future occupant. Many believe architects are very straightforward-minded and analytical, which is not untrue. However, they also use psychology to conduct research on a behavioural level of what people would imagine a great building can be. So how do you approach your client?
Empathy is an interesting way to connect emotionally to the value of a project. Feeling what others feel gives us deep insight into what they need. Art and drama thrive on empathetic design techniques, and they form your design intuition in architecture. For example, let’s say a design professional manages to understand the client’s requirements on a higher emotional level. Why they want specific building design and why they decided to build this site? The chance to actually illustrate the building in an appealing and attractive way from your first draft is higher, don’t you agree?
Imagine yourself as the living occupant, so you can have the motivation to enhance design towards comfort. Thankfully, we all have cosy homes, so we know what increases our sense of content and convenience. Is it more windows, so the rooms feel spacious, open and light? Or is it how you access in the easiest way the parking — with elevators or stairs. It all starts with understanding the needs of the people for whom buildings are created and your own objectives for the project. Architecture is an art for professionals, who want to provide to others unique and safe environment with their buildings.
Innovation in Design
While caring about people motivates to create sustainable and feasible buildings, a sense of unique design inspires outstanding and vibrant ideas with a breath of innovation. Do you challenge yourself to take the transformational building elements into new and exciting realms as a design professional?
The very purpose of innovation in building design is to disturb and challenge the status quo and make a difference. It is more than presenting the next exceptional 3D drawing with extraordinary design, you should think ahead about the ‘’how’’ to turn the ink from the paper to a skyscraper. It is a whole journey for your team to achieve the tipping point when you can state your building designs are innovative. You need to create a climate for innovation in the whole BIM workflow in sync with all the participants in the process.
Think of it as a three-storey house. You enter the ground floor, where your ideas create chaos, but you go through it, looking for the ‘’ big one’’ — some are absurd, others — crazy, the rest are creative. Then you go through the daunting process of decision-making where you choose one challenging, but potentially innovative design. Some days of 3D drawing in Revit® follow, but at the end you are satisfied with your preliminary design.
Then taking the stairs you go to the first floor of the house, where you find your team. You are very aware the designing process of the building is about people, so your BIM team is essential. There are experts with various backgrounds — engineers, facility managers, asset manager and of course the building owner. Now you simply need to convince them why your design is feasible. Also, how they can bring their expertise into the table of discussion to achieve innovation. It is not only about the latest technical advances that you are going to use. It is also about the internal collaboration of all the professionals. Furthermore, their contribution to the feasibility of the final design drawings.
At the second floor, you find yourself in the construction phase, where you transform your final drawings and plans into reality on the real-setting building site. All the information exchange and scheduling of tasks is created in a coherent multilayered system, in which you work together with your team. And Voilà!
You have just created an innovative architectural piece by sustaining the mix of the right professionals and incorporating of technical advance in the construction of the building site.
Every person wakes up each day with the hope of a better future. Your building designs should be a representation of the path to that future. As an architect, you need to ensure you make mindful choices, not arbitrary ones. The creative solutions regarding your projects need to be well-reasoned, as it all has a reflection on the build quality. We believe you should pursue the art of building, but minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings throughout the project.
Nowadays, architects should ensure sustainability. The ecological design emphasizes the importance of long-term and durable buildings.
Build consensus, reinforce innovative ideas, and underscore the need for sustainable design. Why not embrace this as your new professional motto? The architect’s utmost priority should be to create cutting-edge solutions that boost quality while saving resources, time and effort.
Once the idea of durability in your drawings is projected, you establish a process to create visually-stunning, cost-effective and sustainable buildings, but with the decision to prevent the environment and not to inhibit the opportunities of future generations.
So Let’s Be Great
Great designers care about people as a source of inspiration, innovation in design and the sustainable future. At Xinaps we believe that developing smart building checking tools within design software can simplify and optimize the building design process. Hand in hand with experts from the AEC industry, we work hard on shaping innovative architectural tools right within Revit®.
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