Let’s assume that a potential client has a requirement to build or modify a structure or property. Surely, they would look to an Architect, rather than unqualified or underqualified tradespeople to build required structures. Afterall, Architects have a major responsibility for protecting the health & safety aspects of a build, as well as a duty of welfare to the public.
So, Architects must be in high demand and getting regular work, right?
Let me explain something to you.
The profession is plagued with problems that make it increasingly unattractive as a career.
Architects are operating in a world where companies undercut one another to win contracts– this of course offers little profit margin. Considering the extent of work and responsibility that goes into a project, Architects are earning far too little. In turn, they are under-appreciated, or not appreciated at all.
People need to recognise the value of good design. People need to see that you are selling your skills and expertise.
Ask yourself this, people would approach a lawyer for legal assistance and a doctor for medical assistance, so why do they not approach an Architect for build and design assistance?
There is a false perception that even by simply engaging with an Architect, communication is likely to be expensive. This is evident with the rise of hiring low skilled and unqualified labourers to complete a job at a fraction of the price that an Architect would charge. With such jobs, people will fail to realise the long-term financial implications this poor choice will result in.
And so, it really is no surprise that Architects attempt to undercut one another.
After years of blood, sweat and tears, to obtain a degree that delivers only an understanding about the field of architecture, graduates spend their time or even most of their careers carrying out orders or implementing designs dictated to them by peers.
They leave behind that creative and innovative spark, not to mention their much-lost enthusiasm. Is it any wonder we see young Architects move into differing design disciplines?
These are exactly the frustrations, fears and forecasts for the future of Architects.
An intervention is most definitely required.
The issues that Architects face in practice are well documented, from low wages to long working hours to zero appreciation or recognition.
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Written by Sophina Dodd.