Desirable Skills in a Quality Architect

01 February 2019
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Architect hiring can be a daunting task, as there are many architects that may look good on paper, but don’t really live up to the praise their resume presents. So, how can you make the right choice for your project to ensure you hire the best architect with the highest quality skills?

To get you started, here’s a list of the most desirable skills in architects to help you make a smart decision.

Advanced Artistic & Technical Design Skills

Design skills are some of the most crucial architectural skills to look out for. You need someone who can make a building aesthetically pleasing, so you need to make sure the architect you choose has a desirable artistic side that will make them – and your project – stand out from the crowd.

When interviewing candidates, make sure to ask for their portfolio to get an insight into their previous projects. If they’re just starting out and don’t have any previous experience, ask them to draw up a plan for your desired project and add a simulation or any other visual output. That way, you’ll get an idea of their talent or lack thereof.

Besides their talent for aesthetics, they should have good technical design skills. They should know how to use various types of software for architectural rendering, drafting, model making, any other type of computer-aided design.

Versatile Engineering & Math Competence

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Engineering and math skills are the most paramount architectural skills because they are necessary for functional and safe constructions. Mathematics also helps with meeting environmental goals, as well as decorating buildings using tessellations, for instance.

A quality architect must also use physics, as well as geometry to define a building’s spatial form, and they must know how to design buildings that are sustainable, protected against harmful environmental factors, and energy-efficient.

Creative Thinking Abilities

A creative architect who can think outside the box and use lateral thinking can design structures that truly stand out from the crowd. Be sure that your chosen architect is creative, analytical, open-minded, and organized so that they can meet any challenge and always bring a fresh perspective to any project.

Project Management Dexterity

During your architect hiring process, make sure you check for project management skills as well. They may not be as important as design and engineering skills, but they can often make or break a project. They need to know how to effectively manage every project which consists of applying planning, scheduling, coordination, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration skills.

If an architect doesn’t have good communication or collaboration skills, they simply cannot complete a project successfully. They need to be able to effectively work with clients, construction staff, and all the other stakeholders so that no misunderstandings take place and every single project is seen through perfectly.

Selecting an architect can be difficult if you’re not sure what to look out for. This quick guide to the most desirable architect skills will help you narrow down the list and make the right choice that will help you achieve your goals. If you’re currently on the lookout for an expert design and development team, reach out to Focus today!

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