The do’s and dont’s of an architectural office workspace
I still remember my
first day at work, equally excited yet nervous. Being a good student in
college, I was confident enough to give my best to all the tasks that were
assigned to me, but I was equally nervous to the thought of going to a new
place with so many established professionals around. Uncertainty and what-ifs
surrounded me like never before and I realized that stepping into the
professional world is indeed a difficult transition for college students.
Fortunately, architecture colleges do have 4 months long internship program
designed for students to understand how the office works, but still many
students go down when it comes to office etiquettes. In this article, we will
discuss the do’s and don’ts of an architecture workspace, that are mostly inspired
by my personal experience.
be too harsh on yourself.
Settling down and
getting noticed takes time so don’t put yourself under a lot of pressure to
adjust quickly. Sit back, finish your tasks, understand the work culture and
breathe! We all are new to this at some point in our life. The fact is,
architecture offices are burdened with tons of projects that come with strict
deadlines. Some days will be too exhausting, while on some days, you will feel
as if you have got the best place to work. Get in terms with the work
environment and adjust with your pace as too many expectations or pressure will
weigh you down.
is the key
We are architects, and
we tend to be an expert at communicating our ideas to the client. We can communicate
through our drawings, that’s what we have mastered in those five years, and
fortunately, this is one of the aspects that is required when you are among the
best and established minds at work. With strict deadlines, a chain of mails,
and plenty of clients, your communication skills might get you very ahead in
your life. The way you address people, the way you exchange information with
your colleagues and the way you convey the concept of the project to the client
makes you different from the crowd. I remember I was assigned the additional
role of a Business Development Manager just on the basis of my communication
skills. You can do it too! Communicate MORE.
getting late to work
Building a structure is
much more than just brick and mortar. It all starts with a number of sheets,
along with a number of hours dedicated in its planning and designing. Being
architects, we all know how much time one has to put in while designing any
building. So avoid getting late to work, and be punctual. That eventually
reflects your sincerity and commitment to your work and to the firm. Show up to
work on time, schedule your internal deadlines prior to the actual ones, stop
taking too many coffee breaks and focus how early you can get the project
Architecture is all
about exploring what has been done and what is yet to be done. When you are a
fresher, you get plenty of opportunities to learn from your colleagues or your
mentor. Always be open to the experience they share or the tips they give you.
Believe me, they are beneficial in the long run.
are not just for college
When I was interning at
an office, my senior colleague told me once to carry a notebook along with you
and till now, I always keep a diary by my side. Writing down the tasks for the
day, jotting down the questions, and marking them off at the end of the day
gives so much satisfaction of finishing every task you have picked up on that
particular day. Sticky notes, reminders and these tech-enabled things are good
but when you pen down things, you become organized by doing things quickly.
I am an introvert, I
avoid going to places with many people around. I struggle to make my presence
noticed at social gatherings, but my colleague once told me that we should
always look out to know more people from our profession. Know your colleagues,
never be shy to ask for their opinions and seek their expertise. Take your time
and build a good relationship with them. Maybe you find someone who has similar
interests as you do, or maybe you meet your favorite architect from the town
through them. So, it’s a good idea to reach out and connect with the people at
Be patient, and with
time, you will start feeling as you belong there. As long as you love your job,
nothing can stop you to reach the heights. I hope that the above tips would
help you in getting settled at your new workplace and may you get all the
success that you deserve. All the best for the new journey!
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