Every person is different. One might observe things, analyze them and frame their own perspective. Reading is the key to explore and inhabit new things. A creative field tends to focus on different aspects of objects. Architecture is the mother of design and a very professional field alongside. As one get on board to study architecture, they start looking at things more closely. Noticing a building as a layman, the focus is more on the people around it and their activities. On the other side, an architect starts focusing on the dimensions, principles, architectural features, and elements. The observation scale and the viewpoint changes completely as an architect. Appreciating the good facts and finding the faults in the built environment are the traits being an architect.

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Here are some of the points that shape the mind and perspective of a young architect.

Versatility in nature

Observing different types of structures with scrutiny makes an architect versatile. This ability helps to differentiate the design process of a residence from an industry. Understanding a residence requirement or designing a community centre, this profession makes a person think in all directions. Moreover, the versatile nature of an architect always tries to comprehend newer skill set like photography and technology-based design.

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Color and Material sense

As there is progress in practice, an architect starts developing a fabric and colour sense, especially interior designers. Studying different materials and trying to apply them in design brings that positive energy to the whole process. An architect feels a space, start appreciating the colours, furniture, and materials on the walls. Experimenting with colours and playing with materials is a good quality reflected in any architect.

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Material palette for designers_©bohemian charm

Space Analysis

The more competent mind that analyzes different spaces is one quality that defines an architect. In any community centre or market area, the first thing that comes to mind is crowd movement. It is different from the viewpoint of a layman. They observe how spaces interact with the activities of people and the ease of movement. Amidst all the chaos in a public place, an architect will still be able to see the insights into space planning. That’s how things start to change as an architect from a common person.

Space analysis and planning_©America’s Best House Plans

Valuing art

Architecture and art are co-related journeys of two different people. Mostly, any piece of art adds the element of surprise to a design. A good architect will always praise the artwork and sculpture. They value the uniqueness of these things added to any space. Great architects have always been inspired by art. One such example is Frank O. Gehry, who was inspired by the artist Michelangelo’s folds and Bernini’s folds. His design process is always used to conceptualize these folds.

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Bernini’s Folds- Inspiration of Architect Frank O. Gehry_©Gulizar Baki

Visual Imagination

An architect is trained to design structures, considering the existing features and environment. Moving ahead in the career path, this creative field develops a sense of visual imagination for spaces. Before starting using any software for designing, a designer practically visualize a space and the best way that fits it. The visual imagination not just helps to design better from scratch, but also contributes to the addition of innovative ideas and elements.

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Digging the past

As one becomes an architect, history of architecture automatically steals the attention. Even more than reading about it, seeing it in real life inspires  the next design process. Considering the highlights of Mughal architecture, the elements like domes and minarets have so much to learn within them. Moreover, Hindu architecture inspires with overhanging balconies from Jharokhas. Architects always appreciate and love the detailed ornamentation of structures and columns. Not just the buildings; there are many great architects and their practice of architecture that inspires a young mind. Designers like Richard Kelly, nature-inspired architect B.V. Doshi, modernist architect Le Corbusier and all those who ruled the historical background of architecture works are still standing high to teach young architects something new each day.

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Cathedral ceiling in Spain_©Gulizar Baki

Streamlining the thoughts

This is something many people do, especially an architect. Being particular about things, personality, and picking the right things. A designer will always work on his personality and choices, whatever fits the best. There are different ways to practice architecture. It could be more climate responsive, sustainable, or cost-effective. The definition of the built environment is unique for each architect. They work hard, review their interests and define their style.

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Attention to details

“God is in details.”-Mies Van Der Rohe. As an architect, one start focusing on such phrases. It changes the way they look at the built environment, more spiritually and finding the real deeper meaning of it. Understanding the intentions behind these good sayings while implementing the same practically, is the task of a designer. 

Chicago Federal Center_©Bauhaus movement

Conceptualization of thoughts

Storytelling in architecture is a slow process but is mandatory. It is a quality that is of immense value to move ahead on the right path for future. Architects start binding their thoughts to frame a concept for a building design. Starting from imagining a conceptual object to considering the form of a building, considering the practical aspects of material combination, defines the best concepts for any design approach.

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