Blog Post #6: Real Estate Development

In this post I will introduce the Real Estate Development industry. You may ask how is real estate development relative to architecture or anything mentioned in previous articles, but I encourage your to keep reading to find out why.

What is Real Estate Development?
In short, real estate development is an industry of  planning, building, managing, and selling  properties. You can Learn more about real estate development by clicking here.

In one of my earlier posts, Beyond Architecture, I mentioned a few career opportunities that you will have with a background in architecture. I want to highlight real estate development because if you have enjoyed reading about design, problem solving, and the future, you will enjoy this.

Real estate development is a complex field in itself. Most developers come from a variety of backgrounds, they may have been real estate agents, lenders, lawyers or architects. With an architecture background, you will possess a  strong ability to think critically it will be enjoyable. Real estate development focuses on design, but not just physical appearances. The developer is an entrepreneur, they posses that ability to identify a need and offer many solutions, not solely based on the design of the building. They find the means and ends to bring the vision to life. Becoming a developer requires many skills that you will attain pursuing a career in architecture. A developer is a designer. They must work under given constraints and offer many solutions to one problem.

Many will argue that this industry is too high risk. Developers to take high risk and it is a major part of there careers, but that does not mean it is not something worth trying. Because the risk is high, the rewards is even higher. When a developer fails, it is a result of poor planning and design.

As you begin to develop an understanding of architecture, you will begin to identify the amount opportunities that will be available to you. Becoming a developer with an architecture background is only one of the many fields that will be able to pursue and succeed in.

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Blog Post #5: The Past, The Present, The Future, and You!

90% of our time is spent within architecture. Naturally, it cannot be avoided.  In this article, I will show you how past architecture has shaped our lives today and how you will be in control of the architecture of the future. How is this relevant to you? Well, just look at your school. Good Counsel is a very aesthetically pleasing school. It massive, with an extensive amount of amenities.

I want to brief the Roman Empire because it is important to see how architecture of the past posses qualities of today’s architecture. The Roman Empire began as a small civilization along the Tiber River on about 753 BCE. It is important to note that the Roman Empire grew at an accelerated rate and grew impressively strong in a short period of time. This was possible because they were located along the side of a moving body of water. The Romans were known for their engineering. They were innovators, known for working with there resources and using what was available to them to create aqueducts, bridges, and temples. This was their response to their community needs. They needed to move water into the cities for public use, they needed places or worship, and they needed to be able to transport to continue to promote trade.

Throughout history the Roman Empire has had a heavy influence in architecture. Society’s needs change with time. I use the Roman Empire as example because they were able to succeed to satisfy the needs of their communities centuries years ago and still have a strong influence on urban developments 2,000 years later. Like the Romans architects today based their work on problem solving with given constraints.As mentioned in my previous post, the ability to problem solve in design is a powerful skill. Today, we have many new tools available to help us facilitate our problem solving, the most innovative being technology.

Many people are skeptical with the use of technology. Many firms haven’t even adapted the use of technology. It is a common perception that technology is discouraging traditional practices. However, that is not the case. Technology serves as another resource for us not only to improve but also facilitate our everyday lives. With new technology and drawing influence from past architecture, you can shape the future. As an architect, you will be able create for you and your generation. Architecture is necessary and having the knowledge to understand and create it is a tool that can change the way future designers think. Today, because of the technology we have access, it has become even easier to asses what out communities wants and what they need. CEO of Hollwick Kushner, Marc Kushner, AIA, states that social media has been a way for architects to receive a response their community with there designs years before anything is built.

In this video, Marc Kushner highlights how this generation will shape the architecture that is to come.

The architects position in the built environment is powerful.

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Blog Post #4: Transforming the World

“Design is a problem solving process that balances multiple needs and functions for multiple people, but there is no single right answer or solution”- AIAETN


Your high school experience has already challenged you in ways you never imagined, I know because I was there not too long ago. Good Counsel’s, curriculum is quite rigorous so, I know you are capable of achieving greatness.

With the power of design, you can transform the world. As an architect, you will have the power to manipulate space to create an experience. Design is an architects most powerful tool. While many believe that design only involves sketching plans, sections, and elevations, but that is far from true. The business dictionary defines architectural design as a “concept that focuses on the components or elements of a structure or system and unifies them into a coherent and functional whole, according to a particular approach in achieving the objective(s) under the given constraints or limitations.” This is what makes design, not only in architecture, an extremely powerful tool.

Being able to posses this ability to think of design like an architect will allow you to face challenges head on and always prevail. Design is not just about drawing and conceptualizing general ideas. It is about being able to create multiple solutions to one problem and finding the best fit under any given circumstance. As architects, this is an idea that instilled in us very early on in our careers. It is done to encourage critical thinking and collaboration. If you find yourself skilled in problem solving or posses an interest in strengthening your problem solving abilities, becoming an architect is the path for you. The skills that you learn as an architect are applicable to various other disciples and our everyday lives. The skills that you will develop as an architect will allow you to succeed in various fields, not just in design.

Some of the problem solving skills you will learn include:

  • Asking questions
  • Defining problems
  • Exam evidence
  • Analyzing assumptions and bias
  • And many more

This video emphasizes the problem solving skills that are demonstrated through architecture.

“Architects create clarity and order within the building and in the surrounding community.” -AIAETN

Like in any field, there challenges that you will face as an architect and as a designer. That is what makes this career exceptional, everyday you will gain the experience and knowledge to solve more complex problems.

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Blog Post #3: Beyond Architecture

Given that you are just graduating high school, you probably have not thought about life after college. It is important to understand that the next four years will prepare for the rest of your life.

Having a background in architecture can get you to places you never imagined. Believe or not there many employment opportunities for people who have an architecture background. With an architecture background you can:

  • Work on movie sets
  • Design small appliances
  • Work in urban planning
  • Work in Construction Project Management
  • Work in Real Estate Development

Being an architecture student does not mean you have to become an architect. Your options are not limited, and you will be able to continue with a career that suits your needs, interest, and lifestyle. If you like finance and planning you may want to consider real estate development as a focus. If you like the building process you may consider project management.

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Blog Post #2: Architect, Why?

Earlier I mentioned that you will be an architect in this chapter of your life. You will now be in control.

Being an architect is not just drawing shapes on paper all day long. It is far more than that. The biggest concern most students have when considering architecture is their drawing ability. Before enrolling in the school of architecture, that too, was a concern of mine. However, the drawing ability should definitely not be a threat. With technology constantly evolving, more and more firms are becoming more tech savvy and are often shying away from standard orthographic drawings.

Technology has changed the architecture world. We are becoming more powerful, not only how in we design, but how execute our final products. Not only can you design pretty much anything you have ever dreamed of, you can actually see it come to life in real time. This is Building Information Modeling.  In the key note speeches at Autodesk University the importance of promoting these of digital design is highlighted. This adaptation of design is intended for young individuals, like you, to learn and master. Knowing to use the innovative tools will make you stand out from other individuals and increase the value of your skill set. You will have the power to control the environment around you.

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Blog Post #1: Home Sweet Home

In a few months you will close a chapter in your life. You will be done with sitting through classes from 8 am to 2:45 pm and having assigned seats. You will soon begin a new chapter of your life and enter a completely different world. You will meet new people, most of you will leave your childhood homes, it will be a new beginning. You will have to make some decisions that will set the path for your future. You will have to make sure that you are ready for any obstacle thrown your way. You will have to plan, build, and review your life to design your future. You will be an architect.

The University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (MAPP) is one of the nations leading innovators in the study of the built environment. MAPP houses 5 academic programs: architecture, historic preservation, real estate development, and urban planning. There are many opportunities for you to find your place at Maryland school of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

Let MAPP be your home away from home.

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