Most Important Tool for a Naples Florida Architect

Most Important Tool for a Naples Florida Architect

April 30, 2020

I went around our firm asking what they feel their most important tool is. When first thinking of “tools” you probably think of tangible things like pens, sketchbooks, computers, etc., I certainly did.

Being able to communicate your vision to the client, sticking to the client’s budget and overall vision were some of the answers. These are all important, but I feel the consensus is that overall vision and how they use their “voice” is an architect’s most important tool.

(Courtesy of Chicago Design Museum)

“THE ONE THING THAT YOU HAVE THAT NOBODY ELSE HAS IS YOU. YOUR VOICE, YOUR MIND, YOUR STORY, YOUR VISION. SO, WRITE AND DRAW AND BUILD AND PLAY AND DANCE AND LIVE ONLY AS YOU CAN.”–Neil Geiman

There was a very inspiring article about a blind architect, Chris Downey who had worked for many years then suddenly lost his sight following a surgery to remove a brain tumor. He wanted to remain active in his profession but just had to “find new tools” he said, as he had little to no use for all the tangible items originally listed.  “Architects are not their physical tools but the sum of their experience both personal and professional”. 

“I’M ALWAYS CAREFUL TO SAY I’M WITHOUT SIGHT, NOT WITHOUT VISION.” –chris downey

Think about it this way… An Architect does not have a formal oath, but they still have a duty to protect the public welfare in similar ways to that of a doctor or a lawyer. They are responsible and use their voice to protect the health safety and welfare of the public according to the laws of their jurisdiction.

Their voice protects owners.

Many times, the Architect is also the shield for the owner of a project. The Architect must protect the owner against things that they are not knowledgeable about. The Architect must keep the peace during construction and provide the owner with services that are both fair and in their best interest.

An Architect provides many checks and balances during construction that allow the process of construction to run as smoothly as possible for the owner.

Most people do not truly understand what it is that an Architect really does. There is often a reference to a drafting desk, but not many people truly understand the day-to-day process that an Architect goes through.

An Architect’s voice provides the explanation to those willing to listen about what it is that the profession can offer to their projects and their lives. Architects bring added value beyond drawing production and their voice tells the story of what that value is.

Their voice teaches their profession to the next generation.

Just as it is important for an Architect to advocate for the profession to the public, it is equally as important that the Architect uses their voice to pass on their knowledge to the following generation. We agree and as a firm enjoy having interns come into the office and have them leave with a greater knowledge of the profession.  It is up to the Architect to take the time to mentor designers and future Architects so that the consistency and quality of the profession does not diminish.

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