Architecture is one of the most challenging fields in the world. There has been a relationship between architecture and nature that has shaped how humans live and work. An understanding of architecture requires a wide range of knowledge. Architecture knowledge is applied to planning, creating, developing, presenting, and managing various initiatives. Architects can pursue a variety of careers. Today’s architects can work on multiple scales, from a one-room house to a sprawling metropolis. With their knowledge, design skills, and artistic sense, they can approach other paths in a design-savvy manner. Architecture seems like a fascinating profession, and yet the job is highly respected. Successful people in this profession care more about doing the work than being recognized; Despite this, if you wish to gain a thorough understanding of all its complexities, you must continue to prove yourself at every level. Then why do the architectural industry and architects seem to be plagued by these issues at all times? On the other hand, other professions and enterprises adapt and flourish in the face of change.

Challenges faced by today's architects

When differing challenges in the architectural profession right from the dawn of the career to the point where we get acknowledged is a more significant challenge that architects face. Architects face substantial issues and challenges, and let’s see what those are.

1. Work experience matters | Today’s Architects

Challenges faced by today's architects
Scene of entry level interview_ ©Anastasia Golub

The most challenging aspect of being an architect is finding a job and securing an income shortly after graduation. Many architectural firms receive numerous resumes and portfolios from graduates and others, but experience matters most when it comes to obtaining a position. No matter what size or type of architectural firm or design office they are, they always look for candidates with experience. It should be noted that, while looking for employment opportunities, many job search platforms and websites refer to the experience category, stating 1-5. Therefore, in this case, how long should it take a graduate to get a job after graduation? There is no secure platform for an architect to fail and recover. Without experience, a candidate who has completed a master’s degree is not qualified to hold any position.

2. Building first, design second

Challenges faced by today's architects
Just a building ©Josh Warren

Many institutions are leaning towards project delivery typologies, emphasizing building first and design thinking second. To minimise risk and the willingness to contract the designer. For the contractor, it is a measure they are taking to mitigate their risks and consolidate their communication obligations. The right client and the right contractor will produce positive results. However, reducing appreciation of design’s advantages could make people fearful of their financial resources. Contractors and builders copy and get overly influenced by fancy architecture because of the concepts in the media. The idea that everything has to be a certain way is more about influence than copying.

3. Slow technology adaptation | Today’s Architects

Challenges faced by today's architects
Learning program_ ©Fauzian Gilang

The days of architects visualising their ideas with ink and paper are long gone. Over the years, modern technology and software have replaced old-fashioned working methods, making the architect’s profession more reliable and beneficial. Architectural design is dominated by software rather than hardware. Apart from the release of new updates to popular software such as Revit, Rhino 3D, and 3ds MAX, there has also been rapid growth in the number of mobile apps for architects, including tools for estimating, sketching, planning, and inspiration. It will be challenging for architects and design firms, particularly older ones, to survive without adapting to these changes. However, architects and designers need to undergo rigorous training and changeover to get used to and adapt to new software and design technologies in offices and the construction process.

4. Generations converge

Challenges faced by today's architects
Generation alpha_ ©Hurca!™ for Hiwow

Architects face a unique challenge in addressing the generational gap in their profession. To do this, they need to learn faster, gain expertise in old and cutting-edge techniques, acquire new skills related to advanced technologies, and cultivate effective collaboration among peers. One way of achieving this is through dedicated programs that allow architects from different generations to come together to share knowledge and experiences. Such initiatives will enable them to understand each other’s perspective, develop shared objectives and create innovative solutions to today’s challenges. They should also prioritize apprenticeships for younger generations that can bring fresh perspectives to architecture while providing them with growth opportunities. Lastly, technological advancements should be used as tools and as a means of creating better bridges between the old and the upcoming generation of architects.

5. Working in teams | Today’s Architects

Challenges faced by today's architects
teamwork ©Boyko

To succeed in architecture projects, it is essential to work in teams. Working collaboratively encourages easy working, allowing members to contribute different skills and talents that enhance the outcome. When building a team for an architecture project, it is essential to be inclusive and make sure there is a balance of genders and experiences. To maximize productivity, each member should be assigned their specific tasks while allowing some freedom to function independently and according to their time constraints. Regular communication between team members can ensure a positive outcome for the project. By providing everyone understands what part they have to play, colleagues will have more confidence in efficiently carrying out their duties.

6. Documenting

Challenges faced by today's architects
Documenting projects_ ©Ihor Hedz for widelab

An architect must be able to document his work and keep his clients interested by presenting it. Architects and designers need help detailing everything they have done up to this point. There has been a significant increase in architects’ writing skills and business correspondence in recent years. Architects must document their projects, which will help present programmatic analysis. While doing so, an architect can communicate his ideas clearly and express their ideas through their writings.

7. Less practice, more theory | Today’s Architects

Challenges faced by today's architects
More with less ©Ralph Lester Jaranilla

Practical methods are more difficult for architects to comprehend than theoretical ones. While architecture schools and universities cover a considerable amount of academic knowledge, the rigours of real-world work quickly become challenging, resulting in a lack of employment opportunities after graduation because of a lack of practical experience. There is no opportunity to experiment and incorporate the ideas of students. Remembering that the world will only accept a practical approach to achieve a remarkable design is vital.