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.

Word Count: 352

Sources:

http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/architectural-design.html

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