I run a 3D visualisation company, I have also 10 years as an
architectural technician. I got into using Autocad and computers about
15 years ago. One thing that strikes me as lacking in every architect I
have ever met is there lack of understanding regarding how to look
after information. The architect is employed by the client to get a
building built. This role requires a substantial ability to organise
and look after the information that needs to be issued and received and
re-destributed to the various organisations usually involved in
constructing a building.
little time is given over to actually creating a full set of coherent
working information. At no time will the architect say to themselves
that they have finished fiddling with the design and its time to update
and synchronise all the data for the project.
When it comes to actually constructing the project there are so many
conflicting bits of information that the architect can't remember which
actual bits of information are the right version. This causes delays
and problems on site while design isses are re-resolved.This is why I
think most construction projects run over cost and over budjet. There
have also been some project where parts of the building have been built
before the drawings have been issued. I believe that most architects
are only interested in designing buildings rather than dealing with all
the boring aspects of getting the building built. As more and more
documents and data are required to construct a building I beleive that
a new role for someone who cares for and manages the quality of the
data the building is going to be built from will come in to being.
You've never actually been an architect? You've never had a client say
"um...can you get me two different options by 9:00 AM tomorrow morning?"
It's about priorities...
The architect is employed by the client to get a
Fees are being squeezed... You gotta have time to get all that stuff
Not only that, but the current state of software lends itself to
It happens... you try and keep 12 different projects in your mind at the
This causes delays
This is NOT why most projects are over budget...it contributes but in my
experience it is not the primary reason.
I believe that most architects
This is the result of schools not training architects to be architects,
but training them to be "designers."
As more and more
As soon as a client as willing to pay their salary, they'll come along...
And psychology and city planning and traffic routing and police work and
forensic engineering and rocket science and painting and drawing and
sculpture and underwater basket weaving and expository writing and database
administration and baby delivering and invasion planning...
From my experience what tends to happen is that the architect spends very
little time considering and developing a design and then a TREMENDOUS (yes,
in caps) amount of time seeing to it that it gets built.
A new role. So you don't think architects should be trained for this. You
think somebody else should.
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