Welcome to the life of an Architect Pt 1


The most important factor is the people that will be using the space that is designed. Each structure has a different purpose. Did you know that Will Wright, the creator of The Sims, originally made the game as an architectural simulator with living people to see how they would adjust to the buildings created? Following this, Maxis and EA Games discovered the idea and it took off.


Treasure it! Long nights and hard work. Every architect enjoys a good cup of coffee. It’s definitely perfect for every scenario such as long nights, meetings or site missions with clients!


When working on a project it’s important to focus on the present rather than the future outcome, therefore the process will be more productive. Don’t expect things too early.


Push the boundaries and be spontaneous. We all learn with basic rules such as projects and exams but in the outside world, it’s important to negotiate and explore.


When it comes to a personal style, stay open-minded. Remember that clients may request something different and you have to adapt. Notice the word adapt. Your style will always be in your work one way or another.


We are at a time where sustainable design can always be implemented in some way. Here are a few quick tips:

  • Recycled Materials
  • Eco-Friendly Lighting
  • Use of local materials/sources
  • On-site waste management
  • Building placement
  • Designing buildings with natural light and air-flow


Wildetecture blog by Tarryn Hardwicke

One thought on “Welcome to the life of an Architect Pt 1”

  1. I hope that open-minded also, in future, will mean the ability to think outside of boxes, be it square or rectangular. It seems to define every new home going up on the hillside where I live, as if there is no imagination left. Boxes clad in boring glass, at night lit with just too many energy-sapping light bulbs. I can’t wait to see new, really creative designs that exude character. These modern cereal boxes don’t blend in well with designs from Sir Herbert Baker, built with local sandstone or other natural materials.

    Interestinglt, in none of the major storms that had hit Cape Town over the past decade, were any old roofs blown down – but the new constructions fail with almost predictable regularity. I think the old boys knew better?

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