So you want to be an architect?

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What does an architect do?

An architect can perform many roles including design, specification writer, construction observation, ombudsman, and even in some cases construction, but for purposes of this discussion I would like to focus on design. According to one definition from my apple computer dictionary the architect is a person who is responsible for inventing or realizing a particular idea or project. Another definition states that an architect is a person who designs buildings and in many cases supervises their construction. Finally, Wikipedias definition works well. An architect is a person who translates a users requirements into a built environment. To summarize then, an architect:

  1. invents
  2. design buildings
  3. translate the users requirements into a built environment

In a way all three definitions fall under the category of design. For purposes of this discussion lets talk about all three separately. First we know an architect Invents. An inventor creates something out of necessity that does not already exist. In a way every building, every house, every skyscraper, every thing architects create, if its original, is an invention. A building becomes something of an invention by virtue of the specific requirements of the client. Its utility lies in its unique function for the person or people it is designed for.

Second, we know an architect designs.To design is to plan with a specific purpose in mind. To me, designing implies a kind of thoughtful. planning relative to a set of parameters. All kinds of things are designed after their invented. Vacuums, sneakers, printers, headphones, telephones, chairs, tables, silverware, and of course buildings. The architect designs the building after its conceived or invented.

Thirdly, the architect is a translator in that they translate a users requirement into a built environment. When you first meet with an architect one of the first discussions is about the program. The program is essentially a description of everything that will be going into the building. If its a home, the program includes the number of powder rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms, how many car garage, etc If its an industrial building the program includes machinery, offices, technology, etc. If its a skyscraper it includes, use, number of occupants, utility spaces, executive suites, number of floors, etc. In simple terms the architect takes the program and turns it into a building.

So we see that while all three of these items, Invention, design and translation fall in under the category of design each is vital to the role of an architect. So if someone asks you what does an architect do? You know that to start with, theyre inventors, theyre designers and theyre translators.

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Architecture and the Building Industry

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Architecture is a very different kind of. Instead of becoming the recipients. Building industry culture we cannot change building industry by the kinds of. Experiments picketing and school. MIT. Variety of departments that. Personal powerful that they have the potential of. Radicalized in what we do it and design. In the architecture. You’d given the way structure curriculum around. Workshops and other kinds of collaborations. Henry foster an approach this kind of. Cross disagreeing for dark. Citro perfectly.

The kinds of things only MIT can do. The invention of human artifacts of any kind. Always consists of three f. Geometry. Process. And very clear that new materials and gender. New forms and architectural design. Uh… Benefits from trusting. Applying new materials an important way. Image of the jurors group here in the temples of group. Share. The central interest. Materials for the environment. Lately we’ve been working for a great deal in the area of foam to materials. Especially from someone said concrete. That’s appropriate and even then. Is going to have it. The greatest mass stresses on the top and bottom. So we can reduce the in out of material. On the interior u. The work really tries to address that there’s to mean paradigms simply threw. Out almost every industry. One paradigm is what can you design one in computer and lives on the other. Paradigm.

Is what can you please agree constructor would you go. The work really tries to uh… Traverses all scale lax tries to. From the nanoscale which is traditionally where we use the. Self-assembly biological examples chemical examples tries to bridge that. And say. Can we use this phenomenon itself assembly as a and new paradigm for. Building things a large scale. This williams and work with. Jenny craig material synthetic for natural materials been really tries to. Designed specifically on the trees that have materials in mind. And we’ve designed a strict together they can respond to energy and energy. Sources can be tricky shaking gravity pneumatics electronic says you can use. Any type of energy and when you mix that with the geometry. Time material properties than they could respond and they can change the. Primarily it’ll that will first. The applied in extreme entire. C scenarios where it is difficult the building. The research on the practices is really about cross disciplinary collaborations. Between designer scientists engineers. Working on that this phenomena self-assembly discovering where we find.

It naturally where we can use it synthetically. And i’m trying to apply that all different skills. He. That the focus of are are working on the set the smaller scale the. At the skilled say. Artists lations or. Retail. Leave leverage ciency fabrication methods but not as a way to. Exceed their prowess necessarily but more as a way to help us get out of. Particular form. Um… Vincent selection called her on this. Which inouye is a kind of uh…. Pro architecture. Not quite architectural. Sculptural. Mixed it offers. Proposition traditions. We do a lot of significant has a lot of that. Investigations for talking specifically happened accounts. Reinstated maybe thirty to fifty three friends films has avoided. Understand elect shots were working. Out past the uh…. Anamorphic defense working before we delightful. And in terms of collaborations something that happened here committee. Chills linear. Developing installation which. Is in an echo chamber. And pianist he refuses to welcome. Uh… Boulevards exterior and as a little groups on on the interior. I’m bringing the kind of disciplinary or for more geometric interest on the one. Hand also.

A certain set of specialized understandings of the behavior he’s. Materials on the other themselves mines architectural interests or really broad. But in terms of my current research preoccupations it’s about material. Geometry specifically she shapes and or she does he really jumpings how they’d. And stretch stack fold but obviously understanding she materials is really. Critical to architecture. This is so good. A long-standing discourse on she materials an architectural hard because. So ubiquitous in conventional construction so everything including. Plywood. Uh… Sheet metal steel aluminum uh… Plastics all of these have to deal with. The developer will surface geometry is which is to say she chase generally so. Expanding the totaled set of understandings about teaching it isn’t. Totally not obviously worthwhile architectural in haiti. Goes installations attempt to go jump from the scale of. The paper model to industrial of the architectural space at the very least. Well over the past twenty years process office don i was not done. We. Identified touristy areas of. First has been. To look at materials their behavior. As a point of departure. Many of the architectural speak to you. Second area. Distant recognize that. Materials don’t. And and just limit. Everything comes in montana sanctions in blocks and bricks. And that’s. Without aggregation. There’s no way of beginning to. Figure out how. Construction works in general so that the detail of bringing things together.

As a point of departure. Pass in another side. Cell this house imaginative pointed revolution for arrangers projects dash. We’ve researched undertaken. Some of which are two skeletons furniture others under the skin of a bit. And others that are really. At the scale of permissive. Course testing analyst. Cashiers republican state straight technology. Discussions range stay out fast. Stamp at least summer dresses somewhere architecture. Which uses the metric traveler and shake memorized personal space. Last year very public still infrastructure taxes circumstances. Garbage deliciously. First explain. Speed reach k. And transformations cd. Crashes. Twenty thirteen. All along. Seriously. Cast. Smarter parsed. Flexible. Picture protections any pc god cataracts. To caskets. My work as an architect focuses on designing architecture and. Urban scale interactions. Engaged the merchant infrastructure time. Were interesting how design gauges act. Needed doing. Between energy. When materials generate energy your story. Materials are dynamic. Exchange. Tastes like. The challenge i think for the discipline of architecture today. Isn’t in digital fabrication. Isn’t material properties. Thinking about what it means to be material today. Fluently between digital. Grounds. Use materials ways. Materials public transport.

If we’re going to change the building industry and regenerating innovation is. Manufacturing sector in the united states. Then i think we need to do this from reading practice from working with the. Norms of the building industry but not settling for years. Instead indicating to both except. Those standard. With the series. Uh… Several. Initiatives related. At several different. Dynamic interactivity is here. Purposes. Commitment on the phone with imagining. Actively allen plastic components if you like it’s a demonstration. Have computation come real time. Then in the report infection. Power. Information material. With control. The architect was. Tula develop exclusive. Production came to conclusion. Which is. Sophisticated out with someone. Linked at least sophisticated. Shinji. Allow. Inefficiencies. The students. Complexities. I’m also frustrated by the slimmest building industry to innovate too. Tacitly. The for protesting the research material sciences pent-up. And this is the time. At a period. Interdepartmental concerns. Becoming so. The challenge of those. So it’s true. Unnecessary. Cad cam meets material science the convo. That’s i think this is an art.

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Architecture in its Broadest Sense

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Let’s talk about architecture format. The or use the word architectural. Mustangs. Generally referring to buildings on consumption. In. Before he architecture and its purest sense has on the farm broader. Connotation. Someone s architectural. Let’s think of something as simple as that. Late if you were to specify particular cut to size. It would enable the unlimited production identically designed household. If you’re thinking a little bit more deeply about the time communism. And extracting essence what makes that kind of. And and and and really specify those principles and then share them with. Other people. You end up with tried. Different cultures since. Lawless country signs that would be based on the same principles comprise. Becomes architecture. That set of principles. Battles are contingent.

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