“To be an architect, you have to be an optimist…You have to be a realist, but you have to be an optimist.” ~Sir Norman Foster, Architect’s Challenge: A Sliver of a Space, in the New York Times
“A great architect is not made by way of a brain nearly so much as he is made by way of a cultivated, enriched heart.” ~Frank Lloyd Wright, quoted in Visionaries: The 20th Century’s 100 Most Inspirational Leaders by Satish Kumar, Freddie Whitefield
Now, it’s your turn. What qualities do you think it takes to be a great architect? Optimism? Realism? Persistence? Insanity? Tell us!
A little of Everything
They must have the ability to know the constructability, resources, environmental impact, social impact, material durability, understanding of how the environment effects the mixture of materials introduced and many other aspects of the building, while maintaining the expression of art or ideology that the building represents and have the leadership to coordinate this endeavor with the countless people necessary to make the project a reality.—GuestJohnCharacteristic
An architect should be organized, creative, and resourceful.—Guestlittle monsterThe real goal…
An architect must be a person who is able to transfer little ideas of a thing into bigger ideas. He is a good innovator.—GuestGuest DanielWhat it takes to be a great architect?
These days all it takes is a truly great photographer!—GuestMarkymarkMaster with a heart
He should be focused, creative, flexible, able to satisfy ninety percent in his project and leave room for future innovations.—GuestEreebiHabitable Sculpture
A great architect will be a visionary; an artist with the highest technical knowledge and understanding of how structures work, and why. Using this, a great architect will sculpt forms and matter around space, or vice versa. That great architect will be conscious of the end user, the neighbor, the geographic location, the culture, the economics, the politics, the environment, the weather, the light, the textures, the sound, the smell and the sight. Just that. Easy.—GuestFernandoA Good Architect
A good architect is one that cannot just think and do design, but one that can produce functional design solutions that are workable within the designed environment.—GuestOFONI JOSEPHOptimistic
A great architect is someone who is optimistic in everything he/she does.—GuestPriscilla PlangeWhat is a real architect
A real architect has the ability to produce functional working drawings that are actually buildable, with consideration for the buildings mechanical, electrical and plumbing sytems. Most of what we are seeing today is what I would call “Whole Building Decorators”. They are basically designers posing as architects who have very little knowledge of what it takes to make it all work.—Guesta builderA great architect is…
Architects are great when they master the details without losing sight of the big picture, and master the general idea without overlooking the details.—GuestDarrenQuestioning
If you cannot question your life, your family members’ life, your neighbours’ life, the life of people living in the cottage (while you were driving you’ve seen the cottage in the middle of the forest), the economical crisis… if you question why some people are still living in the caves, on the streets or some in the villas, if you loose yourself while questioning the system, then if you find yourself and your answers, if you loose yourself while thinking about the ultimate answers to the very dangerous questions… If you can think, if you can ask the real question, you can become an architect. Otherwise you become “another brick in the wall” type of architect. I would add much much more, but it s enough for now.—GuestBarisMulti tasking
An architect is a person who should be able to handle many co-related jobs simultaneously. Who should have knowledge of geography, history, sociology, and psychology. And capabilities of learning about new building materials in the market, learning about everything, in addition to thinking and designing.—GuestArvind battapothuCreators next to God
Architects should have the awareness that they are the creators. Architects are responsible for the feelings, emotions, and lives of those who are going to live in the building. Their work and thinking should reach the level that their building transmits peace and cheerfulness to the inhabitants.—GuestammuObservant
For the last 4 years, I’ve been an architect. According to me, a great architect must be a great observer. Only then can he design comfortable, peaceful, relaxing spaces and structures, which is his job. Other than being observant, a great architect should have qualities like truthfulness and compassion.—GuestSweta SharmaAn architect must…
He\she must love what he\she is doing. There must be some steps to make architecture more orderly.—Guestkhatchi24 Qualities
An architect needs passion and the rest just comes by heart!—GuestSt. MexicoA bit of this, much more of that
A bit of luck added to passion, talent, and intelligence. To be willing to wake up at three in the morning and still be excited - that’s the way I’m going :)—GuestLCompassion
Seems compassion is the most important. Architects with no compassion are just artists. Compassion lets you design for someone else, truly feel someone’s need/problem and fix it with design. Good communication and visualization skills seem priceless.—GuestNewtGood Architect
A good architect is the one that knows something about everything and ready to learn new things as they are being introduced.—GuestHOGCreativity, longevity and intrinsicality
I’m sort of naive in architecture as I’m about to begin college, but I feel a good architect has to possess the quality of longevity, creativity, an intrinsicality. He has to be steadfast with his work; be very out-of-the-ordinary and also distinguished in the delivery of his work. Also, the quintessence has to exist right from the draft/sketch to the finished goal of his project. I feel if an architect emits all these, then the sky is the limit.—MurkeybadmaynThe quality of a great architect
He must have love and passion for the career. Like Gorege Washington said,”anything you love enough must reveal its secret to you.” He must understand that being an architect is more than piling stones to erect a building. As a desiger he must not only design to satisfy his client but also to satisfy his deepest feelings. He must be patient and he must have a high level of tolerance, courage to stand critics, because they will critize your work.—GuestjohnThink Broadly
A good architect should be able to think broadly and be able to imagine. An architect should also be so creative and should be patient in the sense of earning quick money. Many people want to be become architects because they say they earn lots of money. Yes it is true, but that should not be the major reason as to why one should take up architecture.—GuestBintuGArchitect
An architect should certainly have an inquisitive attitude towards everything. Only then would he/she be able to experiment with his/her designs.—GuestanjaliThe Cry in the Heart
I think the qualities that make a great architect are that he must be able to stay focused, he must be a thinker, he must be a person who likes a quiet environment, and finally he must be a person who has lots of patience and a person who likes creating new things.—Guestkufry jPassion, Imagination, and Faith
If Frank Lloyd Wright was still alive, I believe he would say passion. Why mention him? Consider this, a college dropout and unlicensed (if I’m not mistaken) he went on to become one of the most prominent architects in the 20th Century. He was recognized by the AIA for his work about 2 years before his death. Having a good imagination doesn’t hurt. Albert Einstein said that “imagination is more important than knowledge.” The built environment would be nothing more than mere talk without imagination (ie. “deconstructivism”- Frank Gehry’s arena). Regarding faith, one may ask what does faith has to do with architecture? The best demonstration of one’s faith (or belief) is to create something out of nothing, hence the essence of architecture (depending on who you ask). In a sense, every person is an architect. Why? because we have the ability to design and build our lives.—GuestcmoodyQualities of a Great Architect.
Flexibility, very good exposure, optimism, knowledge, sociability, friendliness, and continual practice can make a good architect.