not just a pretty face

think | architect

2014-07-12 2

My family and I just returned from a brief vacation. Yes, part of the trip took us to Chicago several weeks after the AIA Convention. Ironically, I was in Chicago twice this year but missed out on the convention and potentially meeting up with new friends. Nevertheless, it was special to share these moments with my family.

Call it a busman’s holiday, but this trip reminded me of an important truth as an architect. Remember the point of view of the user more than the point of view the architect.

I struggle with this since my background is more artistic, making the service end of the business harder to master than for others. In other words, some of the architects reading this are the type of personality where the service end comes easier. I find myself wanting to make pretty things.

Now there’s nothing wrong with that – in fact…

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