Breaking the Box: Explode out of Architecture School to a Successful Career as an Architect
In Architecture School, you will not learn about the Client.
Working in an Architecture Office you may hear people say things like:
“John Q. Client needs to raise their budget!”
“Beverly K. Client changed their mind again!!”
“That Walter F. Client is an %$@%&*!!!”
“If only we didn’t have a client…….”
Ironically, Architects will often have disdain for their clients even though the existence of clients makes Architecture a reality.
Architects have clients.
Students in Architecture School have fake clients.
In Architecture School, your fake client is your teacher who evaluates your design projects. In the profession your client will evaluate your design on a much more comprehensive level:
Program and Function: Does the school have the 21 requested classrooms?
Cost: Can we afford that 2-story glass curtainwall?
Durability: How well is that wood siding going to hold up in our tropical climate?Politics: Is the board of directors going to like having their parking spaces so far away from the entrance?
Civics: Is the adjacent neighborhood going to like that, we are proposing a 24/7 restaurant?
Possibly the least important: Form: Is the design beautiful?
Your ability to successfully address the needs of your clients will propel you in the real world of Architecture. Developing strong client relationships is another theme of this book and in many ways is the secret to Success in Architecture.