Being an Architect

Reflections on the profession, design, art, books and life in general
AUG

02

2013

Are you replaceable

as an architect?

as an employee?

as an artist?

as an employer?

as a manager?

as a mother?

as a husband?

If so, most likely you will get replaced in near future (maybe except for the personal relationships.!!). And you have no right to complain!

For a client an architect may not only be the designer; but also a mentor, friend, technical and financial adviser, negotiator, innovator, artist and also one who care to share the journey. Her role becomes irreplaceable once client find real value other than the mundane details. Though design quality is still the single most differentiator, it is unfortunate that more often, client may not be equipped to fairly judge the quality of design alone.

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Labels: architecture   architecture career   architecture in India   Are you replaceable

JUL

12

2012

(YGWYPF) You get what you pay for.

There is an old Chinese saying: ??????, "yi fen qian, yi fen huo" (pronounced ee fen chee-ahn, ee fen hoo-oh), which gets translated into the post title ‘You get what you pay for.’ 

You get what you pay for

customed to understand the adage when they buy a luxury car, an apartment or an iPhone. Surprisingly, they pretend to forget it when they are commissioning an Architect. The curious fact is, an architect’s role has a lot of subjectivity into it that one will not be able to gauge it from the receiving end. (You could easily compare the features between a Merc and an Audi before signing the cheque).

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Labels: architecture   architecture in India   architecture profession   YGWYPF   you get what you pay for   Bargain   Architectural Fee   Professional Fee   Salary   Product Quality

JUN

23

2012

Fashion in Architecture

Fashion: Noun: A popular trend, esp. in styles of dress, ornament, or behavior.

“I hate everything that is driven by fashion. From the beginning I was hating in the 60s the American way of styling, especially cars. They changed their styling things every two years and designed new ones which is nothing to do with good design”Dieter Rams

Dieter Rams is considered to be one of the most influential industrial designers of the 20th century. He is believed to have inspired the designs of iconic Apple products like iPod.

 

Fashion in Architecture

 

rvation is strikingly relevant in the field of architecture.

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Labels: architecture   architecture career   architecture in India   architecture profession   concept in architecture   design   simplicity   sketching   student architect