One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting all over again, mused Renzo Piano, emphasizing the continued rebirth of creativity and an ability to embrace a thriving mindset. However, for this embrace, we need to accept changes. 

CHANGE. What a daunting word! Occasionally, it seems facile to accept change but the other times, it perceives to be so difficult to thoroughly accept something new, which in some situations is a mere battle of will and logic. 

But guess what? Us architects are a dumbfounding species injected with so much resilience that it seems a bit too inconclusive to believe if it is true. Just take a good retrospect of your past. A peek into your life, yourself, before taking up architecture. Can you agree that nothing has changed?

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Ways to Look at the World

Those who have watched the renowned movie The Matrix can recall the life-altering scene wherein the protagonist had to choose between a red and a blue pill. On one hand, the red pill would cast him back to his unvaried monotonous life, while on the other, the blue pill would help him foresee the world in its unfeigned form. 

The same goes for architects and architecture. The red pill would mean going back to a pre-architecture life when you could look at a building, exclaim how fascinating or terrible it appeared and that would have been it. Whereas the blue pill would be equivalent to learning architecture in as many approaches as possible. This would wind up with us looking at the world with a whole new verve!

Every time our gaze falls upon a new structure or space or any other small detail; our mind’s shore starts teaming up with waves of wonder as to, “what would have been the concept, or the initial idea, or the thought process behind that particular structure or space?” We scrutinize every detail around us with such earnestness that we start to dream, breathe, eat and think about architecture. 

For instance, while watching a movie, we catch something that suddenly inspires us for a new intervention in our design or reminds us of something that we did earlier in our studios or at work. Even traveling does not come easy to the perceptive brain of an architect. There is always a piece of glinting golden inspiration that never lets us sit in peace. 

One of the many reasons, we love traveling to well-designed and built places. As the phrase goes, if the mountain does not come to Muhammad, Muhammad must go to the mountains. Ignorance can never be Bliss for an architect!

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Inspiration to Refine Vision 

Nevertheless, who wants to ignore when there’s a whole nine yards ahead of us. To the avid learner, architecture instills a hunger to look for more innovation, the ways to achieve it, and a strong desire to create functional buildings and spaces that would make a long-lasting impact on its masses. 

Albeit we hit a roadblock, there is always the healthy option of going back in time to learn from the master architects around the world who gave us the finest of designs, a foundation for revolutionary techniques, and principles for a reliable design that can be comprehended and experienced to this very century. 

The love for history keeps on magnifying as the stories give us a connection to the significant monuments of near and far history along with a refined vision. A vision where every community space, skyscraper, or tiny house, transition, or public space means enough for us to analyze its strengths and shortcomings and formulate more reasoning thought processes. 

As Norman Foster quotes, as an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown; a phrase that anchors our perspective today. 

Fields and Qualities to Adopt

Now is a good time to reflect on how far you have come. But can architects do all the above mentioned in the modus operandi of their life before delving into this field? There had to be a change yet again. Architecture gave us discipline, the ability to manage time, resilience, ways to deal with criticism, to listen, to understand, and thus, the potential to solve problems. Although the sleepless nights and procrastination duly come as a thorough subset of being in the process. 

Another inexorable aspect is that architecture does not only call for designing. It was the rudimentary thought before taking up architecture, although now we realize there is so much more to it. When designing, all the factors of environmental psychology, maths (for structures), science, sociology, politics, and much more play an important role, nonetheless we always find a way around it or across it. It becomes necessary for architects to realize how different materials, colors, textures, and other components work together. An architect can never stop learning.

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No matter how daunting or intriguing, architecture gives a new angle to your perspective. As Jefferey stated in the Conscious Cities that “we’re creatures of the place we are in” everybody who enters this multifaceted field comes out learning something valuable. 

For those of us who withhold a strong determination in learning the progressing ways invariably find new perspectives to look at our surroundings. No matter how fast-paced architecture is, it aids us through this never-ending process. It helped us change for the better.

Author

An architecture student who is a besotted reader and believes that writing is for the soul. She is always receptive and surmises that learning is growing which is fuelled by her fascinated for history, travel, architecture and literature.