Bob Borson covers the “unglamorous” side of architecture pretty well. Of course we’d all love to be sketching and drafting and designing all day long, but that’s just not happening. If you haven’t read his article – you should. If only so that you’ll realize that there’s a whole lot of other stuff that has to get done in an average architects’ day.
We’re not interested in complaining though – hat’s off to you, Bob, for building a successful niche for yourself, juggling the two sides of architecture, and managing to blog consistently.
More to the point, though. All architects, (or the good ones, at least) take the time to get to know their clients so that the final design is unique to the person(s) who will inhabit it. In our case, we have an extra step in working with our Native clientele. Not only do we need to get to know the individuals directing the project from the client side, we also have to understand the unique culture of the community. The process of discovering a client’s culture – their history, traditions, community values and visions – is the best part of our job.