The World of Architects

There is always something fascinating about the world of architects. The best of bridges, tourist attractions, buildings, skyscrapers, castles, and even a regular family’s home can become extraordinary with the work of a skilled and sensible architect.

While we do not rule out the help of other people who make these creations possible — we do know how engineers, construction workers, among other professionals will always be integral in any momentous project — focusing on the contributions of great architects should never be undermined.

Bea, 34, shared how the inclusion of an indoor water feature in her home in Singapore made her humble abode more calming to everyone in the house, “It was my architect who suggested that I include a water fountain near the living room. I thought it would be costly at first but it really wasn’t. It has become an added attraction of the house, and it has been receiving praises from everyone. Plus, I have noticed too that the place really made us more peace-loving. I guess, that fountain balanced the negative energy and the positive energy in the house.”

Architect June, 54, shared how the job has become his life for the past 30 years, “The job is both challenging and exciting. I was just a kid who used to love making miniature objects. I wasn’t even academically good. But I believe in everything I design and make. I may not be the best student before, but when I got into this job, I knew I am in the right place. It can be hard dealing with bosses and clients all the time, but this just made me more determined. Any profession will always be difficult. The key is to always have the right attitude. Yes, you will make mistakes. Yes, there will be imperfections, but that just means there will be more room for improvement. That is how you grow; that is how you learn.”

Kyle, 29, remembers his first landscaping services he offered when he settled in Singapore sometime in 2010, “I was fortunate to have met really generous clients who wanted to hear about my landscaping skills. I can’t count how many homeowners asked me to do the projects they had in mind. One thing about being an architect, you need to be able to put ideas into tangible creations. And, with every creation, there will always be criticisms. So, to stay in this profession, somehow, you need a thicker skin. Learn to appreciate constructive criticisms, and just let negative ones slide. You should not allow bad judgement to weigh you down. It is easy to feel mad at people who think they are better than you, but maturity and the ability to understand others will always make you take the higher road. Expect that there will be misunderstanding, feuds even, but as the saying goes, ‘don’t let your fear of striking out keep you from winning the game’. Architecture requires creativity, and without that, it would be hard to grow in this business. So, research, exposure, travel, reading, learning from others, are all part of improving in this profession.”

Samantha, 45, also an architect, said that being a problem solver is also one trait that a good architect should have, “I was once asked to restore a 20-year-old kitchen of a chef in Manila. But the challenge was, I cannot remove the oven or the kitchen island. He wanted it to still look fashionably old, but I needed to add some things just to make it more trendy. So, we compromised. I asked if I could put a mini-bar for his wine collection and a message board on the wall. He agreed, and we all loved the outcome of the project.”