Seasoned architects offer survival skills for the young

I asked seasoned architects, judges of this year”s Gold Nugget Design awards, “What is the one skill you would encourage young architects to cultivate?”  All of them mentioned taking the time to learn to draw. Curtis Gelotte, AIA of Gelotte-Hommas believes so strongly in this that his firm holds an annual holiday card sketching competition. (2009″s winner is pictured here)

“Clients can’t always visualize what they want, so even if you walk in with a perfectly drawn plan, it’s helpful to be able to draw modifications and perspectives.”

Doug Dahlin, AIA of the Dahlin Group encourages the ability to design from zero or “start with an idea and Per iniziare a giocare a blackjack , ma anche per migliorare il proprio stile di gioco, la cosa piu utile da fare, e provare il gioco in modalita di pratica, nel quale si usano soldi finti, ed in online casinos questo modo non si rischia nulla. go, rather than always adjusting a pre-existing plan.”

He feels as strongly about being able to write clearly and simply express ideas through a variety of media.

“Some of the site plans submitted for judging didn’t truly represent the essence of the project. Hand drawings don’t always speak for themselves.  Evocative communication skills that convey the challenges you’ve overcome can take clients into a space and get them excited about it.”

Andy Suzuki, AIA of Suzuki Designs says young architects today have an opportunity to define their own scope of services.

“There used to be a narrow definition of what architects do. You worked your way up within a firm. Now you can go into entitlement, research, lead a development project team.  You can be more entrepreneurial and create your own projects.”

What do you think is the most important skill for young architects today?