Being an Architect

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

11

2014

The brave act.

Take a while, and think for a minute. All the important decisions you took in your life;

Career

School

College

Football team

(Marriage)

Friends

Clients

..........

..........

 

Do you regret about any decisions? Do you regret of not being brave enough to take the right decision instead of the easy one?

If you are given a chance to redo all, will you be doing the same again? You may be able to retrieve the lost opportunities, build up the lost relationships, avoid dead ends, start doing what u love and are still passionate about...

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Labels: architecture career   Decision Making

SEP

14

2013

10 Things that a creative professional should never tell a client

I was tempted to have the title as '10 Things that an architect should never tell a client'.! Not always that you happen to read an article on a different profession and wonder how aptly it describes yours. 

Couldn't resist sharing the article titled '10 Things that a photographer should never tell a client' on the December 2012 edition of Better Photography magazine, because each line was relevant to architecture profession as well. Just exchange the specifics and see how it starts making sense.!

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Labels: architectural fees   architecture   architecture photography   architecture profession   Better Photography Magazine

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

JAN

20

2013

Client is always right

well, in almost all cases..!

Client is right even though he is wrong...

At one point of time every design professional realize that arguing with a client is not the way to prove a point. You may win over logic, but most of the times client will not take the advice. The case stands strong when the client in question has a very strong ego.

The subjective issues gets harder to get convinced as the fine line between logic and aesthetics mostly is a matter of better taste.

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Labels: architecture   architecture career   Michelangelo   Customer Care   Client Management   Clients

DEC

14

2012

Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012: Art vs Containing space

Planned on the lines of  Venice Biennale, Kochi-Muziris Biennale has started in Cochin with much fanfare on 12-12-12. The Biennale being a first of its kind event in India, was expected to offer unparalleled and  novel experience for both art lovers and connoisseurs.

Apart from the love for art, I had a great interest in the event primarily because of the context of its settings. Most of the installations are in and around Fortcochin and Mattancherry except for Durbar Hall. The raw power of the spaces itself provides artists enough challenge to match with the tension it creates. The spaces are magnificent and overwhelming, to say the least. It was a joyful act to watch the internationally acclaimed artists expressing themselves and claiming the attention it deserves. Some of the artists, like Sun Xun from China, left a very strong impact with their work. They constantly challenged our notions of art.

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Labels: architecture   cochin   fort cochin   Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012   Travel