10 Qualities of a Good Architect

Do you have what it takes to become an architect? This is one of the most common dream jobs for many people. Why not? It is a great, fulfilling, and respectable profession and the pay is very good too. However, this is not just for everyone. There are certain qualities that are required to become a good architect.

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We will discuss here some qualities that good architects usually possess. Discover if you have what it takes to become an architect and if you can indeed score one of the most prestigious architecture jobs in the market.

  1. Excellent sense of design – a good architect has great eye for design and details that they can easily translate ideas onto papers to present to the clients and builders. A good architect can create design just by listening and thinking of ideas.
  2. Good communication skills – they are good with communicating their ideas, thoughts, and plans. Architects deal with clients and builders so it is important for them to convey the message well and accurately.
  3. Great listening skills – and to have great communication skills they also need to be good listeners. They must be willing to listen to the ideas of the clients and other people around them. By listening carefully, they are able to come up with great design based on those ideas that was pitched to them.
  4. Strong drawing skills – a great architect must also have strong drawing or sketching skills to provide accurate plan and design. They should be able to draw by hand or using computer.
  5. Solid technical abilities – architecture can be very technical too so a great architect must have solid technical abilities to incorporate structural, mechanical, and electrical elements into their design for it to be functional and successful.
  6. Problem-solver – another quality of a good architect is the ability to solve problems quickly. They know immediately how to address the problem and come up with a possible solution. They are equipped with plans A-Z in case something wrong happens. Sometimes, they even sense the problem before it happens. That’s how good and prepared they are.
  7. Good collaborator – architects usually work with different people from other architects to engineers, builders, investors, and clients. They need to communicate well and collaborate well for the success of their project.
  8. A visionary – a good architect can visualize well the outcome of a project starting with the plan.
  9. Great passion in their works –the work of an architect is not simple. They embody their work and they have strong passion about coming up with great projects.
  10. Competitive – of course they are competitive as well. This is important to be able to stay in the game. Architecture is a very competitive field. This is not for those with weak heart and character.

Many people want to become an architect. It offers great pay but more than the financial side, it is the passion and love for your work that should matter all the time.

If you are dreaming to become an architect someday then be sure to hone your skills while you are still young.

So, do you think you have the skills and qualities to become a good architect?

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Bachelor Tips: How to Furnish an Apartment

Furnish an Apartment

Got your first place? Just got out a long-term relationship? Whatever the reason is, you are a man living on his own now and you should have an apartment that reflects your sophistication and style. Here are some tips for bachelor’s on how to furnish an apartment.

Ditch the Dorm Room Decorations
Unless you want every guest you bring over to know you peaked at age 19, get rid of your frat-house tier accessories. I’m talking specifically about your Bob Marley poster, “keep calm” poster,  any beer related posters, or pretty much any poster. If you have a unique poster sized print you really cherish, spend a few bucks and get it framed. If it isn’t worth getting framed it isn’t worth putting on your wall. Also make sure you limit the amount of sports memorabilia in your house, a subtle pint glass or single banner are enough to show your love for your favorite team. Some people may like cereal but you don’t see their rooms covered captain crunch jerseys. Most importantly, ditch the empty booze bottles, there is no need to show guests how many bottles of Fireball or tequila you have consumed, in fact as an adult you should be concealing your booze bottles not showing them off as trophies.

Invest in the Essentials
If you are on a budget, that is okay, embrace minimalism.  Instead of buying one of everything from Ikea, invest in quality essentials. For example a quality classic leather sofa that will last is a must. Also a nice table and chairs, it doesn’t have to break the bank but a nice dining room set can last a lifetime and will be the center of countless memories. Once you have a dining room set, a couch, the only thing remaining is a bed; again this is an item that is worth spending a bit extra on. Now you are set, you can eat, relax, and sleep in comfort and style. Once you have these you can pick up secondary items at your discretion, when you see the perfect piece for your apartment and you have the budget, pick it up. There is no rush.

One-of-a-Kind
Furnish an Apartment

You’re unique and your apartment should reflect this. While department store serve a useful purpose and place, you don’t want your place to look like it was put together over night. You want an authentic and personal style. Make sure you include furniture and artwork that is one of a kind. Look for something at an antique market, an art’s fair, the thrift store. Not only is this a great way to save money, it is also crucial in making your place feel like home and a great conversation starter.

I hope this tips on how to furnish an apartment will help you make your bachelor’s pad reflect success and not the stereotypical messy studio. If you plan right you can have a unique, stylish, modern apartment  on just about any budget.

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