In successful architects, you’ll usually find a combination of experience and education. Knowledge, as well as practical application, are both necessary in a successful architectural career. But what can help set you apart further down in your career path when most architects are working with similar education and project experiences? Here are some simple ways to grow your architect skills.
- Read regularly. Learning is lifelong. You learn from your projects and successes, and this will help you in the future. Self-improvement also means taking time to broaden your knowledge. Reading architectural journals, history, theory and news is a solid way to add information and additional context to your skill set.
- Embrace technology. Architecture has a long and proud history and tools that are part of that tradition. It’s important to be flexible, however, and understand that as well as current solutions work now, better technologies are being developed all the time which can help you become more efficient and effective.
- Understand the relationships between architecture and other disciplines. Architecture intersects with a lot of other industries and disciplines, including education, design and even the legal and political spheres of influence. Make sure you understand all the ways architecture lives in the bigger context of things.
- Be part of a community. You don’t necessarily need to seek out a mentor, but finding other architects can be helpful in growing your knowledge, understanding trends, and making career connections that can lead to your dream projects. Being able to talk to fellow professionals and bounce ideas off people with both similar backgrounds and varying degrees of education and experience can help you think about things in different ways or introduce you to new thoughts and ideas.
Becoming a better architect is all about you. You don’t have to be satisfied with the status quo – you can make improving your professional passion a lifelong endeavor.
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