Architects are known for pulling all-nighters. This article was originally published on Brandon Hubbard's blog, The Architect's Guide. In a previous article, Should You Become An Architect?, I touched on the issue of long working hours within the profession. Since this is such a common talking point for architects, I decided to expand on the topic. First, let's define what is a "better architect." Is it being more productive? Regularly promoted? Highly paid? Someone who produces excellent design solutions? Usually, all of these characteristics tend to flow together. If you are a skilled designer you are likely to be compensated and promoted accordingly. So if being good at your job leads to fame and fortune, is productivity the key to excellence? Often the idea of productivity contrasts with the design world. The word "productive" congers up images of a production line stamping out widgets as fast as possible.
Wieden+Kennedy NY / WORKac © Bruce Damonte This article was originally published by The Architect's Guide as "5 Techniques To Land A Job With The World's Most Competitive Architecture Firms." As I discussed in my interviews with several firms in 7 Questions Answered By The World’s Top Architecture Firms On What They Look For In Job Applications, the quality of your application documents is extremely important. However, for some of the most competitive offices even having a perfect portfolio isn't enough. So what can you do to stand out? The bad news is that the top firms like Gehry Partners, Herzog & de Meuron, BIG, Foster + Partners, etc. are extremely competitive. For example, most of these firms receive over 20,000 applications per year. Since they may only hire 50 people per year at most, it means you only have a 0.25% chance of getting
© wavebreakmedia via Shutterstock This article was originally published by The Architect's Guide as "The Two Qualities You Need For Architecture Career Success."
In a survey of 104 Chief Executive Officers reported in Success Magazine a few years ago, they were presented with 20 qualities of an ideal employee, and asked to select the most important.86% of the senior executives selected two qualities as being more important for career success and advancement than any others: 1. The ability to set priorities, to separate the relevant from the irrelevant.
2. The ability to get the job done fast, to execute quickly. There is nothing that will help you more in your career than to get the reputation for being the kind of person who gets the most important job done quickly and well. Unfortunately I encounter many people in the architecture industry that seem to ignore both qualities
London. Image © Route66 via Shutterstock.com Traditionally, the start of a new year is a time for making plans and optimism for the future. As a result, it's a time when many architects might start dreaming of moving their career to an unfamiliar and exciting country. But as Brandon Hubbard explains in this article, originally published on The Architect's Guide as "Is Working Abroad Bad For Your Architecture Career?" there are many reasons that you shouldn't be so hasty to cross borders and seas in an attempt to advance your career.
Architecture, perhaps more than any other profession, is filled with people who want to live and work abroad.Are you in Mumbai dreaming of New York City? In Seattle thinking about a life in Rome? Some architecture students get a taste for travel while in school. Study abroad programs in the US are quite common. Often when students finish
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