You may be thinking … “He is off his rocker, or at least a little off-kilter! February is the month of Valentine’s Day, the month to focus on how much we love and appreciate those in our family! I expected the title to be “Things I Love About My Wife” not “Things I Love About My Work!”
Well, I agree with you! I love my wife dearly, and there are numerous things I love about her that would fill this column! For now at least, allow me a few moments to tell you why I love my work.
- I get to meet and work with awesome people! Visionaries. Planners. Primary left-brain and primary right-brain. Blended left-brain and right brain! People that understand the complexity of issues that inform the development and design process. Whether they represent a department of a municipality (or the entire municipality!), or a college/university, or a private client, these persons challenge me to think broadly, definitively, and openly; and to respond flexibly, specifically, and timely!
- I get to guide people in the development of their unique, creative talents and abilities! We’ve brought a few new employees on board recently … two of these have relatively little experience in the architectural field. It’s exciting to envision where they will be in their professional knowledge, abilities, and creativity in the next few years! There’s a lot for them to learn, but their attitudes indicate a hunger to learn and to be a part of a team that focuses on helping people … and that’s awesome!
- I get to see people utilize their skills in the pursuit of a common goal! Designing a building, or guiding the construction of a building, is a continuous opportunity to skillfully express and enforce the contents and/or intent of the drawings and specifications we have prepared. During the construction phase of a Project, the Architect’s role is to enforce the responsibilities of the Owner and Contractor, without bias. Many times this requires patient listening, wisdom, and the ability to effectively persuade people. Seeing the “mid-level” and more senior personnel accomplish this consistently and persistently is remarkable to me.
I need to bring this column to a close … but I haven’t even begun to talk about the creative, challenging, fun, and daunting aspects of building design or campus / neighborhood planning! Perhaps that can be a future column….
And, YES, I do love my wife!
Hope your year is off to a great start,