Why I am an Architect.
That is the topic for this month's #ArchiTalks.
Kudos to Bob Borson of Life of an Architect for selecting such a ripe topic. When I thought about this question my first instinct was to tell my origin story: The How Steve Ramos Became an Architect Story!
But my origin story is not all that interesting. There were no legos in my crib. I didn't read architecture magazines as a child or build models. I never even knew an architect growing up.
So rather than talk about my journey to becoming an architect, I'm going to tell you the real reason why I am an architect.
Because I just like to make stuff.
That's it. That's the main reason. I am an architect because I like to make stuff. I have always liked making and creating.
The Ramos Megamix
Back when I was in college, I used to make compilation C.D.'s. I started making them for me, but one thing led to another and I began sharing these compilations with friends. I named these compilations the Ramos Megamix Series. After a while I was burning about 20 copies of each Megamix and mailing them out to friends. Keep in mind that this was the early 2000's so smart phones, Pandora and Spotify were in their infancy. So there was actually some merit to a CD.
My career as DJ Ramos Megamix was a lot of fun and it was pretty silly. But people liked it. And I loved it. It was a big thrill making something that people could enjoy.
I've always loved art. I can thank my mom for putting pencils, crayons and markers in my hand as a child.
In college I developed a love for painting. And it is a hobby I have kept up, albeit not as much as I would like.
I love the thrill of a blank canvas. It's a fresh start.
I love the process of slowly creating a painting. Layer by layer, step by step.
And then at some point you stop. And say "It's done."
And then you have this thing. A thing that wasn't there before. Until you created it. It's beautiful.
It's a work of art.
Just like making a CD or making a painting, making architecture is a thrill. And believe it or not, the process for making these things is very similar.
You start with an idea: The concept.
Then you refine that concept. Over and over again.
Design is an iterative process. I can't stress it enough.....You just keeping working it. Always trying to improve.
And if your lucky, those drawings you created...They will get built.
Watching a building get constructed from a set of drawings that you helped create is amazing.
And it's just the beginning.
And with architecture, every project is different. A new challenge.
But the process is the same. Take a concept and slowly refine.
Gradually that concept will become more and more of a reality.
There are some key things that architecture offers that other forms of art do not.
Architecture has an impressive scale to it. Buildings are huge!
Good architecture will enhance the lives of those that inhabit its walls.
Good architecture will last for a long time. Hundreds of years!
Good architecture will evoke emotions.
And just like music and art, sharing architecture with your family and friends is extremely fulfilling.
I love it.
I am an architect because it allows me to create objects and spaces that people enjoy. Hopefully for a long time.
I hope you have found my story entertaining and as always I appreciate your help in sharing. I am fortunate to be buddies with a bunch of other great architects who are also passionate about architecture and have shared their stories. Please take the time to read their stories in the links below.
Steve Ramos AIA, LEED AP
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