Being Process-Oriented, Not Product Driven, Is The Most Important and Difficult Skill For a Designer to Develop.

The following exercise is from 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School, pg 29.

Being process-oriented means…

  1. Synthesize the various issues before executing a solution.

2. Be innovative in your approach with every new project.

3. Be objective in your design process and open the change.

4. Be critical, frame the big picture/ macro scale before addressing the micro scale.

5. Each design decision should be made tentatively with the possibility of failure.

6. Being selective with design decisions.

7. An acceptance with the not knowing.

8. Working across the macro and micro scales seeing how each interacts/influences with one another.

9. Be critical of your project regardless of your satisfaction of the state of your project.

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