Keynote Speaker, Udayana University, Professionalism in Architecture

Keynote Speaker on Seminar of Studio Management towards "Professionalism in Architecture" held by Udayana University, Bali, April 19th, 2014.

Here I shared tor all architect students that As a practicing architect. not everything I do is big picture design. From the overall time I spend working in the office, very little is – but good architecture isn’t always about the big killer idea. I consider coordinating a project and the details of the construction of that project integral to a successful design.

Architecture school is all about the studio. Whether you are new to design studio or a seasoned pro, there are a few things that I thought I would share with all you that dispel some commonly accepted ideas of what architecture studio really requires from its attendees. I think you might be surprised to read a few things on this list but I promise that you will be better off for having read this list.

I am living proof that you don’t have to draw well to be an architect. Having the ability to draw beautiful pictures doesn’t hurt but let’s pull the curtain back and be honest here for a minute... Architects communicate through their drawings - we aren’t making art. As architect Lou Kahn once famously said, "an artist can make a cart with square wheels, but an architect can't."

To be an architect you must have specific tools to get the job done. Here is a look at the ones I use most often. Some (but not all) are clearly throw-backs tools that reflect the fact that I graduated from architecture school 14 years ago. Despite the fact that I am pretty good at AutoCAD, I didn't put it on my list of tools. If I had made my list a little longer it probably would have shown up.