3 Skills that every successful Architect has

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Skills are the valuable assets which are great investments for your career. There are a lot of skills that Architects need to acquire. Although we may want to acquire a lot of skills, mastering all skills takes long and you might end up mastering none. Reading different biographies and watching interviews of great architects, I realized that there are 3 skills that always mentioned by few architects

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Have you watched interviews of Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry or any other architects? You will realize that they could expressively explain their design philosophies and principles to their audience or even clients. That is what made them great. They can establish rapport to their audience and at the same time, they could sell their inspiring designs. There is a saying that goes, “you can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” We all have met average Joe who has a lot of great ideas wandering in his head. However, our friend, average Joe could not barely express his ideas and ends up a waste.

“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere”

There are ways to enhance your communication skills: faithfully read books, watch TED talks (A collection of speeches by great speakers) and expressively talk with few people. One thing that you must do in order to improve your communication skill is to get rid of FEAR.

TIME MANAGEMENT SKILL

Lets all agree that the most valuable asset is time. Time should not actually be wasted since time cannot be bought nor turn it back. Believing that time is precious, clients also want their home to be build or design on time. Architects tend to procrastinate since they believe that there is always time. However, time goes fast and does not wait for us. Thus, learn how to manage your time. In fact, clients would get frustrated if their desire is not delivered on time.

There are ways to manage your time: Schedule your task, stop procrastinating, stop checking your email and mostly, do realize that you cannot turn back time.

“the most valuable asset is time”

LEADERSHIP SKILL

Leadership is defined as the ability to guide subordinates to the right direction or to inspire members to work passionately. Architecture deals with people such as draftsmen, contractors and engineers. Since architects are surrounded with these people, architects should know how to lead them in order to successfully build the structure.

In fact, leadership and management are different from each other. Architects may know how to delegate task or to manage people, but architects should do consider how to empower people to work passionately. Moreover, leadership passionately inspires while management systematically dictates.

One thing to learn leadership is to find a great mentor who has a great leadership skill. The question is, how could you determine that he/she has a great leadership skill? Well, just see his/her member. Since a member is a reflection to a leader. Lastly, read leadership books such as John Maxwell’s books.

“Leadership passionately inspires while management systematically dictates.”

Consider the three skills and you could achieve success in your career.