Message - Re: Trying to spark my creativity.

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Posted by  Michael Ellis on November 14, 2003 at 13:17:06:

In Reply to:  Trying to spark my creativity. posted by Justin Hui on November 13, 2003 at 15:31:02:

The fact that you are reaching out for guidance is a pretty good indicator about your success in the future. ALWAYS be in a learning mode and asking for more information. Even an old fart like me at 43 gains for asking questions. In fact at the bottom of this email I will have a question for you.

As others have stated, image and vision are just part of the overall elements of an architect. Here are my thoughts.

1. Every time you enter new building look around to get a sense of space. Does it seem vast? gloomy? pleasant? Knowing the sense and volume of space helps to establish the basis of your design.

2. Slam dunk math, English, and for that matter every class. Knowledge is power. There are some architects who are weak in the education department but have a lot of vision. One or two a decade make it to stardom and the rest, if lucky, are still in architecture.

3. Every visit to the store should include a visit to the book/magazine rack. Many of the more popular magazines like BH&G and others like it tend to reflect current trends or the establishment of current trends. There are better magazines that tend to show enduring design and these are usually the books and magazines showing upscale residential and commercial design. Use these to stimulate ideas but not direct them.

4. Don't expect to be creative from the word go or for that matter every day of the week. Everyone has periods of creative and visionary blockage. I have been stumped for weeks on a design competition and was just doodling over a lunch break when the best idea I have had came to light, BAM when you least expect it.

5. Back to item #2. If you have these bases covered you are more apt to have time to be creative and most importantly, in a title position with a firm where you can be creative.

6. Keep in mind that architecture is a bit of vision and a lot of production. In other words you can spend 1/4 to 1/3 of your time on a design concept and the rest of the time you are producing drawings.

7. Some architect get a dual A/E degree and others the degree and go into things such as airport consulting, hotel consulting. What I want to point out is that a architecture degree or a dual degree opens up a lot of doors to opportunity that you may not be aware of now.

The very best of luck to you and enjoy one of the most exciting careers on the market. If you have any questions please do not hesitiate to contact me at

Michael Ellis

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