The Regular Life of a Busy Architect

Shortening the distance, as he looks at a land, he feels he is looking at a new possibility and good intentions: Commercial towers, Residential Complexes, Malls, and 5 Star Hotels. The sky is the limit.

Do you ever imagine how were these tall skyscrapers, buildings, towering corporate scrapers, luxury hotels, multi-storeyed complexes built? The person behind it is called the Architect. He sketches the plan of the building before it is constructed. Sometimes, even creates miniature models out of cardboard or plastic and sets a formative plan for the construction company to execute based on the architect’s plan.

Life of an architect is just like an epic, a complete challenging role. In this saga, there are a number of low and high points including bouquets, praises, and challenges. Challenges that are real, which needs immediate resolution.

An architect spends most of the days designing and drawing layouts with a very methodical and logical approach. Most of the decision he makes is analytical and uses his best communicative and negotiating skills to prove his point.

A typical day of an architect starts with a rough plan of what is the day’s objective /agenda? Well, the routine will definitely differ for a senior architect and a budding architect. One of the known architects shares his day’s routine and being a fitness freak and a marathoner, he balances his work and life healthily.

5:30 AM: Wake up — whistle — it’s a new day!

6:00 AM: Regular — Run

7:15 AM: Shower — Breakfast

8:15 AM: Site and Survey

Post surveying the site, Mr Smith rushes straight to his workstation, he helps himself with a cup of double espresso and looks at his calendar/agenda to organize himself for the day.

9:00 AM: Morning Briefing with the Executive Committee team

He tries to understand the status of the projects the team is handling and advises on the way forward.

10:00 AM: Mr Smith flips through the reports which have the current project detailing, he pauses provides his inputs wherever required and then sits on his AutoCAD. Just like plenty of other architects, he prefers working on the computer since it is easy to email drawings or designs to clients and seek their inputs. He prefers using SketchUp and AutoCAD over other programs such as Maya or 3ds Max. Since he has been very comfortable with the features and his imagination completely syncs with the system layout.

Once done, he revisits the layout and fine tunes the bits n pieces completing it with structural and MEP models for further coordination.

1:00 PM: Lunch break –time to unwind with some latest channel music.

1:30 PM: Back to business. Mr Smith usually works closely with his team of expert and believes in timely deadlines. He also ensures that he is on top of the progress of each and every project he is coordinating or overseeing.

4:00 PM: Visit SITE and help Design and Plan to develop the project exactly as the render presented. Designing plans, checking the plan execution and assist in developing are all core tasks of a regular architect. What is also expected from architects are cost analysis, feasibility comparison, land usage, and their study as well.

7:00 PM: Hit the Gym — keep my fitness routine on the go.

8:30 PM: Home and Dinner

Architects have to have a clear set of goals before they draw up any plan for a building. Differentiate the category, identify the activities involved, how many visitors are going to visit, what will the building be used for –clearly identify the functionality of the building, merged opportunities, layout, filters, colours, strength, plan, survey, Revit and so on. It is not an easy task since it is the architect who has to keep the plans in place. In addition, he has to ensure he designs the safety and security (fire, earthquake and other natural calamities). A building which is not safely designed can be a life threat to many, hence that’s a key aspect. Life of an architect is tough and challenging, yet they continue the possibility of “sharp approach”, crisp and clear design /artistic impressions to bring out the best of their thoughts. They use models and miniature structures to show what they have in mind and that is what makes the difference.