1- It’s not as easy as it looks
Watch Bubba Watson off the tee, or Jason Day on the green, or Jordan Spieth just about anywhere, and the game of golf might look easy. It’s not. Reaching the level of success that the pros do takes years of hard work, dedication, and yes, a little natural talent. Achieving innovative, functional, and safe design is no different. As the architecture and design industry rapidly evolves, smart architects are adapting by utilizing the breadth of new programming tools and master spec writing technologies available in the modern marketplace. You can write a CGI spec in minutes with ARCAT’s specwizard feature. Change can be difficult, but by working smarter, an architect can make fantastic design a part of every project he or she embarks on.
Many of the game’s greatest golfers knew the courses they played like the back of their hands. When they walk the course before a round, caddies and players are plotting the layout, hole positions, and hazards to identify any possible problems. In much the same way, architects must be cognizant of the conditions and environment their designs will be built in. Like a home built in tornado alley benefits from a basement, homes in coastal regions like Florida, Louisiana, and Texas should be spec’d with impact-resistant windows that are hurricane-tested and comply with local testing requirements. Don’t play off the tee with your putter.
3- Expect adversity
“Of all the hazards, fear is the worst.” Even the best of rounds have a bad shot or two, but as Sam Sneed understands, fearing the adversity will set you back the farthest. As an architect, anticipating these challenges and using educated, sustainable design to combat them is an integral part of your job. Buildings are exposed to the elements, but customers demand lighter, less expensive materials while still achieving the desired aesthetic outcomes. Using new technologies and advancements such as impact resistant doors, architects can provide the desired aesthetic and budgetary outcomes, while ensuring the highest levels of performance and safety.