Posted by steveA on March 01, 2004 at 08:19:45:
In Reply to: Re: Considering Architecture: Question about design posted by Vernon on March 01, 2004 at 06:34:46:
I agree in general with Vernon's assessment. I would add a couple of points:
1. Designing within constraints of time, budget, client pre-conceptions, available construction expertise, etc. - this is one of the greatest challenges. It is key for the designer to understand where he might push the envelope within this context. The context, or set of limitations, is different from project to project, and often from firm to firm.
2. The other great challenge in my mind is communication. A designer in the profession must not only convey his message convincingly to his client ( remember always that he/she has to Pay for your work ) but he must convince the people he works with to follow his lead- the consulting engineers as well as the architects and draftsmen who might be helping him. Good designers are many but those that can communicate well(convince etc.) are few and much more valuable.
3. If you are a good designer in school, and wish to focus on design in your professional life, I would do the following: first work for the best design firm you can, say for 3- 5 years. Learn what it takes to do excellent work. Then take that background to a firm that needs designers. Many firms do and will acknowledge this. Often these are larger A/E firms that don't naturally attract designers. By doing this you bring value, and should be compensated accordingly.
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