Breaking the Box: Explode out of Architecture School to a Successful Career as an Architect
In Architecture School, you will not learn Soft Skills.
- In Chapter 1, I shared that in Architecture School you will learn to work with others. Although Architecture School introduces students to group work, the majority of the projects will be individually focused.
If Architecture School were a sport, it would be Golf.
Everyone works on the same project or plays the same course. Your success is determined by how much time you put in. And at the end you will be scored on your individual effort.
The real world of Architecture is more like Football.
There are many different players and each has their unique role. The intern architects would be the linemen doing the up front dirty work. The design architects would be the diva wide receivers. The project managers and principals would grapple over the quarterback position. The marketing division would be the cheerleaders. The code official is the referee. I’m not sure who the fans would be but you get the picture. It is a big team!
Tiger Woods would hit a brick wall if he tried out for the Dallas Cowboys. The same shock is likely to happen to you as you make the leap from Architecture School to the profession.
Architecture is a Team Sport.
And this is where Soft Skills come into play:
Are you able to effectively present your ideas to colleagues, clients, design review boards, etc.?
How well do you accept the opinions of others?
You have been committed to managing three projects that all have conflicting deadlines. You must delegate to get the work done.
Four hours before that deadline the mechanical engineer calls and says they will need to increase the mechanical room by 4’ in each direction. How will you revise the plan?
EQ vs IQ (Emotional Quotient vs Intelligence Quotient)
One of your clients is irate because you forgot to include his and hers bathrooms in his master suite. He is screaming expletives through the phone. His EQ is low. What will yours be?
The development of Soft Skills and Leadership Abilities is the focus of Part 3 of this book. This is what Architecture is all about.