There is a group architects that, from what I read, were invited to contribute answers to a series of questions that have been asked of Architects. I was not directly “invited” but I assume the more the merrier on this one. I hope that I am not stepping on anyone’s toes by jumping in. There are 11 good questions that need answers for those thinking about architecture or wanting to know more about architects.
So maybe they are not questions that you have always wanted to ask but here they are.
What kind of projects were your doing when you first started as an architect?
I will start this from when I graduated college and not necessarily when I became and architect. Those are two totally different times in my life. After graduation I went full time with the architectural firm that I had been working with part time during school. A small firm that worked on residential and smaller office type projects. The one big project that we worked on was a brand new car dealership that went through the design-build process so there was lots of learning that went on with this project.
How many projects can you expect to be working on at once?
Generally we were working on two to five projects, some on the board and some in construction. The smaller the firm the more you will probably be working on and the more responsibilities you will have. Very seldom was there just one project to work on.
How often did/do you work in a team.
At the start of my career I think that most projects were done by a team. All the way up until I started my own business where the smaller projects are done by myself, but the bigger projects are still done by a team.
How important is an innovative mind to the company?
Innovative to me is more like changing things or introducing something new or inventing. I don’t think that type of mind is necessarily important in architecture. More of a mind that can take the proven methods of today and use them to create or solve the problems of design.
What key things do you look for in potential new hires?
First off you have to be able to provide an acceptable resume to get in the door. One without errors, and well designed that is easy to read. There is a happy medium between to much and not enough when it comes to resumes. If you make it through the door you must be able to look me in the eye and talk to me. You can tell a lot about a person just having a conversation about what they do and what they like.
How important is diversity to your company?
I believe that diversity is a good thing. You don’t want your employees or your company to be tagged as only able to do one thing. You have to be able to change things up for your clients needs.
How big of a role does HR play in your company?
HR in my company is me, I wear all the hats right now. It is nice however to hit a HR when we are designing.
Would you say Architecture is a field for everyone?
No. Definitely not. It takes a certain type of person to be an architect just like it takes a certain type of person to be a lawyer or an accountant. I have sat down with my accountant many times and I sure would not want him designing something for me.
What is the best asset in your company?
Comfort and enjoyment. The more comfortable and happy your employees are the more productivity you will get.
Describe your best employee in one word!
What style of architecture do you love most?
Simply put, the styly that my client wants.
Other architects that participated in the answers.
Bob Borson – Life of an Architect
“Being an Architect”
Jes Stafford – Modus Operandi Design
“Ask the Architect”
Mark R. LePage – Entrepreneur Architect
“11 Big Questions”
Nicholas Renard – Cote Renard Architecture
“Answers from this Architect”
Enoch Sears – Business of Architecture
“Life As An Architect”
“11 Questions About Architecture”
Jeff Echols – Architect of the Internet
“11 Frequently Asked Questions About Being An Architect”
Andrew Hawkins – Hawkins Architecture, Inc.
Being an Architect: Questions Answered.
Lee Calisti – lee CALISTI architecture+design
“11 Questions is less than 20″
Jeremiah Russell – r|one studio architecture
“#ArchiTalks: 10 + 1 is better than 11 + none.”