Architecture 101: 5 Lessons The Industry Has Taught Us

There is more to the architecture industry than what meets the eye. In an effort to uncover those secrets, we asked the Fawley Bryant team what they have learned from their experience. Their responses prove not only how intricate and challenging the craft of Architecture is, but also showcases our passion for what we do. Here are 5 core lessons architecture teaches us:

Designing a building requires an out-of-the-box and big-picture way of thinking. The process allows us to explore and push the envelope of creativity in different ways. Because buildings are large structures made up of millions of details, we learn to be constantly aware of our surroundings and to pay close attention. Every detail must be aligned. If not, our job becomes problem solving made beautiful. We find non-conventional solutions to very complex engineering problems with an aesthetic touch that celebration creation, function, and usage of space.

While our industry is not always client-centric, Fawley Bryant Architecture is different in our approach. Robust listening skills and open mindedness is most important in our process of creating so that we fully understand both our clients’ needs and their dreams. Our successes, as well as our failures, help us learn to value our responsibility and to take pride in our work.

Prioritizing our to-do lists is one of our most important daily tasks. We’ve learned that seeing a single task through is the best way to manage projects, time, and personnel. Being involved with different teams and clients mean different schedules; discipline in the decision-making process becomes its own task. It’s important to us to have strong discernment in making smart, forward-thinking choices because they result in a much bigger monument. 

Valuing the contributions of architects that came before us and admiring the contemporary architects of today allow us to learn from them. When we stop learning, we stop growing. Practicing reflection helps us to adore this challenging and wonderful craft because it reminds us that what we do is for the betterment of others.

Everything in a space is there for a reason; it changes and enhances how people interact within their surroundings. It's all about perspective. Windows are not placed based only on the sleek lines they provide. They are strategically positioned to allow the natural light to fill a space based on the specific time of the day that it’s needed. Understanding the importance of a building’s design is about realizing the significance of the work done within it. We do our best work when you tell us about yours.