This article delves into how architects’ natural inclination towards divergent thinking allows them to approach projects with a creative mindset, generating new ideas and exploring different possibilities, while technologists’ inclination towards convergent thinking enables them to focus, organize, and pay attention to the necessary details required during a project.
The Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act has been signed into law in Nigeria, making it an offence to discriminate against People Living With Disability (PLWD). This article is discussing ways to make buildings more accessible and disability-friendly. It highlights 6 ways that can be implemented by architects during design, and mentions that many buildings are currently inaccessible to PLWD, such as revolving doors in Nigerian banks. The Act speaks directly to public buildings and makes it mandatory for architects in Nigeria to design disability-friendly buildings.
In this article, I am discussing my views on recycled and custom-made designs in architecture, and exploring the reasons why architects engage in this practice and if I believe they should. I am also examining the consequences of this practice for both architects and clients. I share my own experience with a client who requested me to undertake a design for a lower fee and explaining the reason why the client did not use the previous architect.
There are concerns that technology is advancing so rapidly that architects like me will be replaced in the near future. Some people believe that the learning curve will be impossible for architects to overcome and Artificial intelligence (AI) will replace us. However, experts are saying that it is highly unlikely and that it hasn’t been proven that AI can replace architects, especially designers. I agree with this point of view, as I believe that AI lacks the cognitive capabilities such as judgement and emotions, that are necessary for design. Furthermore, I think that AI’s limitations in understanding human experiences make architectural design difficult to automate. However, I do believe that AI could be used to automate certain tasks in architectural design, such as gathering information, but may face challenges in more complex projects.
The blog post explains the idea of an architectural concept. It states that the concept is the idea behind the design and the concept development is how that idea is executed. It also notes that concepts can come from various sources and that an architectural design can have multiple concepts. The development and execution of the concept is as important as the concept itself.
I had an interesting conversation with a colleague about architects prioritizing design over cost and how it can impact project costs. I later came across an article on an online forum where industry professionals stated that most architects prioritize aesthetics over cost and are bad builders because of it. I believe students of architecture should not be burdened with the financial implications of their designs while in school and should be allowed to think outside the box. I also think that introducing financial implications in design may be an extra burden on students.
The blog post discusses two types of clients that architects may encounter: Client A, who is a gentle client who trusts the architect’s work and does not interfere with design ideas, and Client B, who is an informed/exposed client who is confident in their own ideas but lacks architectural skills. Client A is considered a dream client for architects while client B can be both interesting and difficult to work with.
Architects and other designers often find it difficult to design for themselves due to the volume of ideas they have, tendency to overthink, and difficulty settling on a final design. This can lead to a cycle of endless design and redesign, known as the “design for self” cycle. This cycle is caused by the desire for perfection, optimum functionality, and beauty in their work. To address this challenge, designers should exercise discipline and structure in the design process, define a design brief and duration, work with other architects for input and to call them to order when necessary, outsource design to another architect, or use old designs that fit their brief and taste with minimal adjustments.
I stumbled upon architecture towards the end of my secondary school education while applying to universities. I chose it because I thought it was a fancy and respectable course, and because I had a natural interest in design and had done well in technical drawing. I went on to study architecture at the University of Lagos, where I found it to be a challenging and rewarding field that required not only intellect and creativity, but also stamina and determination.
In this post, I discussed the debate about whether architects are considered artists or engineers. I explained that architects have a wider range of responsibilities that often overlap with those of engineers, and that architectural design involves creative or artistic expression. I also mentioned that the definition of architecture includes both art and science. I concluded that architecture is a combination of both art and engineering.
As an architect, the first step in designing is to thoroughly study the client’s brief and understand their needs and preferences. I also research and analyze the site, taking inspiration from similar projects. I allow time for my design ideas to form before conceiving the final idea. It’s important to not rush the process and to understand that designing as an architect is not as straightforward as following a set of formulas.
As an architect, I have come to realize that designing can be a roller coaster of emotions. It starts with excitement when getting a commission, then frustration when trying to come up with unique designs, followed by excitement when a great idea is finally found, depression when the idea is rejected, frustration when returning to the drawing board, excitement and anxiety when presenting a revised design, and finally pride when the design is accepted. It is important for architects to be aware of these emotions and manage them in order to have a healthy work-life balance.
In this post, I talked about the architectural design process as an important step for architecture students to develop their design skills and produce high-quality work. This process includes documenting and articulating the design process starting with a design brief, site inventory, site analysis, case studies, design concept and concept development. I emphasized that it’s important to focus on the process rather than just the design as it sets students apart from quacks and helps them produce unique and well-defended designs.
Thinking outside the box is a metaphorical phrase that means thinking differently or unconventionally in order to deliver novel or creative concepts. It is a process of divergent thinking and playfulness, as well as requiring originality, intelligence, and confidence. It is important to explore many solutions, even if they may seem unserious or impossible, and to not judge ideas during the brainstorming process. The ultimate goal is to create functional, structural, and appealing concepts that are unique and original.