21 Rules for a Successful Life in Architecture | Best Tips Ever

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Originally published by  Entrepreneur Architect Kevin J Singh, Associate Professor of Louisiana Tech, shows us 21 points in this article on how to have a successful and happy life as an architect. The list gives some tips that will certainly help young students and graduates, but can also be useful for some of the not so young professionals who need to refocus on what is important.

The following is a compilation of the conference gave at the last day of school. Instead of re-recapitulate the course or take a final exam, I shared with my students a presentation entitled You Start to Finish School and Practice . Here I present a series of statements followed with a brief explanation.

Courtesy of Studio WRNS

Courtesy of Studio WRNS
1. Get started on your career
  • You can start earning hours of training immediately after graduating from high school.
  • If you have not already, sign up for some practice and start working in the way of your degree.
2. Do not get caught by offices of the “old guard”
  • Young people are the future.
  • Companies need to embrace the ideas, energy and enthusiasm of youth.
  • You must be observant of what the Millennials are doing office.
  • Make sure that young professionals are valued in the offices where you are interviewing for a full-time job.
3. Networking = The key to progress
  • He knows everyone in the architectural community and allies (all ages and experience levels) fields.
  • Do not underestimate the value of such affiliations AIA  networks and other networking opportunities.Networking is the key to progress. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons User Townsville Chamber
Networking is the key to progress. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons User Townsville Chamber


4. Do not let it affect those customers who think they know all architecture
  • Be patient.
  • Practice and demonstrates multiple options (divergent thought processes) to open the mind.
  • I am a professional.
  • Remember that you were the one who trained as an architect (not the client).
5. Do not make decisions that can not be checked
  • The architectural world is too small.
  • Your actions and decisions will be remembered.
6. Try to be No.1
  • It’s your career and yours alone.
  • Make sure you are purchasing the right experience, and accepting the opportunities and compensation.
  • If not, do something!
7. Your opinions
  • The best ideas never join projects unless they are heard, presented and defended.
  • Many processes in offices and details about the projects can be enhanced simply a better solution to decision makers shown.
  • An improvement is always appreciated by managers and customers.
We are all unique. Success does not necessarily mean a great practice. Image courtesy of Zeroplus Architects
8. You should design your career and position
  • Each of us is unique, therefore each finds employment and proper role.
  • Reflect on your experiences continuously to determine what you really want to do.
  • Decisions to achieve your goals.
9. Differentiate from others
  • Develop your unique skills and capabilities.
  • It shows how you become a better employee and collaborator.
  • Potentially use these skills to do things on their own.
10. Do not confuse an internship with full-time employment
  • An internship is an introduction on how a company works and projects.
  • The full-time jobs involve responsibilities productivity (deadlines).
  • Full-time employment = STRESS!
11. The technology will lead the way
  • You must stay at the forefront of technology.
  • I am volunteer to learn new software and direct its implementation in the office.
  • BIM learn and master the tool during school.
12. Sustainability is your legacy and opportunity
  • If you strive to learn a lot about sustainability, during school, you will be able to share their knowledge with current professional, generating respect.
  • Take the initiative of sustainability into the office where you work.

Become a LEED Green Associate , during school.

You should educate everyone about sustainability. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will

You should educate everyone about sustainability. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will
13. You need to be a champion of sustainable built environments
  • You should educate everyone about sustainability.
  • Future customers will be the result.
14. Build communities
  • Only 2% can afford the services of an architect.
  • What are you doing to help the other 98%?
  • Get involved in your community.
15. Save the profession
  • Architects are not fairly compensated because the general public does not value (or know) what we do.
  • Teach, share, display and show others how to improve the world.
16. Education does not end at school
  • You must continuously study to keep you at the forefront of materials, systems and technology.
  • Do not let the world leave you behind.
17. Mentor
  • Helps teach the next generation.
  • Become a two-way street (look ahead, look back).
  • Sure you learn something in the process, and the reason you joined this profession will be remembered.
18.  Never become a grumpy
  • Continually be inspired by the younger generations and takes his optimism and energy.
  • Be positive and upbeat employee.
19. Corrects something
  • The world is full of problems.
  • Choose one or two things, and arréglalas.
20. Complete the task
  • You set out to become an architect … so I conclúyelo.
  • Keep your eyes on the prize!
21. Final Thoughts
  • The easiest building design is a box, but architects do not design boxes.
  • The architecture should serve others through the design of the built environment. Make sure your work is the best it can be, through your service to others and contributes to a more integrated world sustainably.

I hope this list will provide you the opportunity to think back to when you were finishing school and embarcabas you in your career. If you could go back and give advice to your younger self, what would you say ?, what advice would you give to the new generation of architects?

I invite you to share your thoughts in the comments section at the end of this article.


Kevin Singh is associate professor of architecture at the School of Design ProfessorLouisiana Tech University and has served as Director of the Center for Community Design Activism (CDAC, for its acronym in English) since joining the university in 2006. In He currently teaches courses in design, fourth-year studies and professional practice.

Kevin graduated from Ball State University  (B.Arch.) and the University of Auburn (MBC).He was a member of the Board of the Association of Community Design (ACD) since 2012, and currently sits on the Executive Board as Treasurer. Recently he was honored to be named as “40 Under 40” by the magazine Building Design + Construction.


Quote: Kevin J Singh. “21 rules for successful living architecture” [21 Rules for a Successful Life in Architecture] 24 Sep 2014 Platform Architecture . (Trad. Duque, Karina) Accessed 2015 Aug 9 . <http://www.plataformaarquitectura.cl/cl/627613/21-reglas-para-una-vida-exitosa-en-arquitectura>