You could say that an architect isn’t born, but made — not in the classroom or the studio, but behind a desk at a real architect firm, where success and failure impact real clients and happens in real-time. For someone starting out, it’s about finding a balance between detailed plans and time constraints, creative vision and technical knowledge, and design and documentation. It’s about understanding the intricate details, knowing what questions to ask, and discovering how a building comes together before the investor or contractor ever sees the plans.
Undoubtedly, you really do need a design mentor to help guide this path.
“Live with positive focus. While it is easy to get fixated on the negative aspects of shortcomings based on the critical training we go through in architecture school, learn to separate criticism of the design from your personal ego,” Senior Architect and Marketing Director of Motley Design Group, Taz Looman, explains in her ‘How to Build Confidence as an Architect’ series.
“Be authentic and use your voice. Surround yourself with people who will reinforce your positive focus and value quality.”
Remember, small-quality ideas may only gain small funding. Quality is everything.
High-quality ideas and architectural visuals are those that are seen—and felt—by the investors. And this includes you and your own confidence. If you are starting to doubt your own architecture projects and ideas, it may not be from rejections alone. Your feelings of failure may also exist because of your own loss of connection to your project ideas. So, don’t skimp on high-quality visuals for your high-quality ideas.
It is your low-quality workflow that produces the final question, “Are my ideas even worth it anymore?” We’ve all been there—including your mentor. So, don’t do this alone.
And what makes a good design mentor? Aside from a network of investors that can be shared—simply put—a good design mentor links the big picture to the small details.
Fortunately, 3D architectural visualizations are a constant reminder (to you) of your vision, your creativity, your purpose as an architectural designer…and gives you that emotional journey surrounding those small details. Alongside your mentor, your portfolio of 3D architectural designs and projects help reinforce that positive focus and give you that advantage to always reflect on how you can improve and grow. 3D architectural visualizations are going to give you (and your mentor) a scalable approach to stepping back and help you redefine your ideas more clearly.