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Career aspirations

30th May 2018

“An old man’s profession,” as pointed out to me by my design director at lunch today. Strangely I had a mixed feeling because I was truly amazed by the vast knowledge architecture holds. That feeling was more apparent as I progress through the ARE exams and fulfilling the AXP hours. Architecture is a profession that deeply values continuous learning and accumulated experience. Only after years and years of practicing could someone tackle a project with an eloquent understanding of building codes, building materials and systems, client’s budget, project delivery methods, contractual relationships, culture, and more. Therefore licensure to me is only an beginning to this long journey ahead. I am an advocate of licensure since I firmly believe in going through the process will help me become a better architect. I started the process one-and-half year ago, along the way I gained a significant amount of technical knowledge that I hadn’t yet encountered in school or at work. The licensure process allows me to understand the industry holistically and to approach it with a different perspective.

 

There’s a part of me that struggles with the stereotype of architect is “an old man’s profession”. This is the time now to catch up.The digital revolution is driving changes in every part of our lives, except within the built environment. While there has been huge emphasis on technology in the academic paradigm of architecture, the outputs are often ultimately insignificant in real practice. Over the next 25 years, I see myself as an architect that would embrace technology and innovation, hopefully from a deeper standpoint. I’d investigate how could technology, a fast changing element, be integrated into the long lasting architectural environment? How could the workflow (a project might move from point A to completion) benefits from the emerging technological tools and methods? I hope architecture can quickly catch up to the numerous advancements already established in other similar technical and design fields. Architecture must adapt because intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.

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