Mistakes Every Architect Makes

Mistakes Every Architect Makes

Architects are among the most significant professionals in the construction industry. The consequences of their mistakes have effects on their final products or career path. Their effects are of varying degrees depending on the nature of the architect’s mistake. The following are some of the common mistakes made by architects.

Concentrating too much on theory

All architects go through training under highly educated professors. There are textbooks written to educate them. As much as these textbooks provide them with real and useful information, they can only equip them with general information. Each project is unique and the architect should employ their liberty and be creative within the basic principles.

Ignoring the Basic Principles

While it is good to think critically and be creative, this must not be done in the exclusion of time tested principles. Young architects sometimes make the mistake of looking too much to the professor, when they get a little more experience they may lose sight of the basics. Such mistakes lead to loss of integrity for the project.

Missing Networking Opportunities

Mistakes Every Architect MakesOne of the most effective avenues of marketing and mentorship in architecture is through word of mouth. It is imperative for any architect who would like to build a career to create linkages with other professionals in the field. These linkages may be made through workshops and meetings in other for a with professionals. Linkages can also be made by joining architects’ professional bodies in the architect’s area of operation. Sometimes relationships that come through chance meetings can grow into useful contacts. Every architect has at one time or the other missed an opportunity to network with someone who would have ended up enriching their professional experience.

Considering Other Professionals of Lower Caliber

The process of bringing an entire project into fruition involves many people. Architects being the lead designers usually take the lead in project implementation. Sometimes an architect may see one or some of the other players involved with disdain. It may be a landscape architect or an interior designer having the traditional rivalry between design professionals. When this happens the ultimate results of the project are likely to end up being less than satisfactory. This is not good for anyone. Almost every architect has had a co-worker they did not get superbly along with. This is, however, no reason to cause trouble for the project. Such animus should always be contained.

Trying to be an Expert in Every Field

Some architects make the mistake of trying to be experts in all types of buildings. This makes the them incapable of excelling in any area. It is advisable for an architect to focus on one to three of these areas. When the market recognizes the architect as the go to person for certain types of drawings they are likely to be given more work. The desire to be a jack of all trades, happens especially when the architect is at the beginning of their career.

Comparing Work with Other Architects

Architecture is art. Like in all types of art, an architect has his or her own unique style. There is always the possibility of the architect admiring someone else’s work and even learning from it. It is however not healthy for such admiration to extend to comparison. No one else’s work should be the yard stick. Virtually every young, inexperienced architect has had to deal with this mistake.


Many of the mistakes of the above nature are usually made by architects at the beginning of their career. Architecture is a precise and evolving art. Mistakes that can reduce the quality of work should be avoided.