Simone de Gale, a Belgravian architect, shares 10 top tips on how to succeed in her industry
Build good relationships
I always knew I would eventually start my own architectural practice, so when I started university, I began building relationships with people in industry. This gave me a feel for the realities of architecture in practice and what I should expect when I ‘got there’. I was very outgoing and keen to learn. I was encouraged to develop my knowledge, and when I started my business I had a handful of clients ready to hire me. We completed each project successfully, and in doing so, clients would commission us for further projects and also recommend the company to colleagues and friends. Most of the projects we have completed have been gained through word-of-mouth recommendations.
Develop a strong sense of style and character Design projects that are suitable for their surroundings It’s important to be passionate and sensitive to the surroundings when creating an architectural concept and it’s essential to be responsible and show understanding with regards to how a project is going to impact on its environment. It’s also crucial to demonstrate how a proposition will improve the building for its users and enhance the quality of its surroundings. I have found that putting a gentle and graceful innovation into a project, which elegantly sets new precedence for an area, has been a good way of producing successful architecture.
As architecture is very much based on subjective appreciation, it’s important to have a strong character and style, and to express this through the design. The distinctive qualities are then recognisable and this is very much what clients look for.
Keep up to date with planning legislation and building regulations Keeping up to date with these requirements also allows an architect to advise clients on the best way to approach a new project, and the best way to make planning and building control work in their favour.
Published on May 22, 2015
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