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Architecture Vs Civil Engineering

Architecture vs Civil Engineering have had a long standing misunderstanding. People who aren't close to these professions often think they are similar. Certainly, this is not a fight of who is more superior but a quest for knowledge. As an architect I am curious to understand what makes both professions tick. Until modern times there was no clear distinction between…

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Best Career Path for Young Architects

Career Path for young Architects are diverse, however, the best path is what the article seeks to identify. Unlike other professionals, many architects graduate annually to meet few or no job opportunities outside. For the unprepared this may be a setback because not all graduates are entrepreneurial. Most usually settle for work in organizations before  setting out on their own.…

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Should Students of Architecture be Burdened with Financial Implications of Design

I had an interesting conversation with a QS colleague of mine. We were discussing about Architects not taking cost into consideration when designing.  Also how this can impact project cost. I asked him if he though students of architecture should be made conscious of design financial implication. Do architects really prioritize design (aesthetics and function) over cost? Few days after…

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2 types of Clients, Architects come across

Broadly speaking, when it comes to architects interacting with clients, we see 2 major types of individuals: Client A and B Client A? Who are they? Client A is the gentle client who believes he needs an architect. He agrees that architects are the professional to deal with when it comes to architectural designs and services. They normally don't interfere…

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Strong Winds and Your Building

I came to the office on Monday after a beautiful weekend to see that a part of the roof of our office building at the university had been blown off by a strong wind. It wasn't only the roof that was affected but the ceilings and the facade's curtain walls in the direction of the wind. I moved round to…

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From CAD to Revit

Hurray!!! I have finally migrated from CAD to Revit, ...recently I compelled myself to produce an entire architectural drawing for a project from start to finish in Revit without recourse to autoCAD. This was after I read an article by Bob Borson FAIA on his blog: 'life of an architect'. He was talking about architectural graphics with amazing examples of…

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What’s Your Architectural Style.

Architectural style may vary and be a distinct and noticeable features that make buildings and structures notable and historically identifiable. Normally with time and consistency most architects discover and develop their architectural styles. Architectural styles varies with periods and locations. Some styles are more common in certain countries than others. In Nigeria where I practice, the common style for residential…

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Reasons why Architects can’t Design for Self

Most architects are experts in designing for others but when it comes to designing for themselves, they mostly find it difficult arriving at a final design. This doesn't only affect architects but also engineers, graphic artist etc. What may be the reasons Architects can't Design for Self? Reasons why architects can't design for self. Designing for self can be an endless…

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Why I Studied Architecture

Towards the end of secondary school, we are often faced with an array of choices on what we should study at the university. Despite how easy you may expect this to be, it is sometimes the most difficult yet important decision we will have to make in our academic pursuit. Just like me, why study architecture or why not? Unfortunately architecture…

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