Tips for better architecture and design

Posted On 2016-08-18

Being a successful architect or designer is a balance between using an understanding of aesthetics and a technical knowledge of the tools. It’s true that all professionals have their own way of doing things, whether it’s beginning the process with a special pencil and sketchpad or creating a picture board for inspiration, but there are also industry standards that all professionals use as a foundation. What are some of the ways that you can improve yourself? The principles of aesthetics like order and proportion form a basis for creativity in architecture and design. And, when it comes to improving your technical skills, knowing how to use CAD software optimally is necessary for being the best at your job, all of which is included in our iAdopt Solution, our holistic approach to helping customers adopt their software.

What’s your idea?

Every project should have a unifying central idea that serves as a starting point. According to online magazine Houzz the “parti pris” is the project design’s big idea. “While not every design starts with a parti pris, it’s typically better when it does. The overall guiding idea, or departure point, can strengthen the final outcome, as the design won’t become confused.” This idea will form a narrative and all the other elements should follow. In design, the theme serves a similar purpose. Deciding in advance what kind of look you’re aiming to achieve will help you down the line when you are making decisions about everything from the paint to the finishes.

Keep it simple

“Less is More” according to famous architect Mies van der Rohe. This is particularly true of architecture and design. Taking out the superfluous details makes designs more appealing, whether you are replacing complicated shapes with simple ones, focusing on fewer materials, or limiting your colour palette. There are timeless principles that will inform architects and designers – establishing order, using repetition, creating flow, but the most important of these is not to overcomplicate things. Uncluttered rooms appeal to our aesthetics and have a soothing effect on our psyche.

Take charge of your career

You are responsible for your own advancement. Making sure that you are in a place where you can get the right experience and opportunities is important. You should also ensure that have the right skill set and qualifications. That’s where iAdopt can help you. It’s a holistic offering that will help you make the most of Autodesk software. From a proficiency assessment to customised learning and ongoing support. CADLearning makes use of blended learning: face-to-face teaching and flexible online courses in combinations to suit your needs, and many courses are Continued Professional Development (CDP) approved. It also features product-based industry content and product knowledge shares with ongoing support from a dedicated support desk.

Don’t be a “Norman-no-mates”

Networking is an often overlooked aspect of every profession and the same is true for architecture and design. A knowledge of the tools of your industry and talent for the work will benefit you but being open to contacts is also crucial to your advancement. From the people you meet while studying to your first employment, forming relationships with people can open pathways to work opportunities. Interacting with other people could lead to a fresh perspective, new influences, or a collaboration. So get out there and make friends, just like mom told you.
Baker Baynes is a proud Gold Partner for Autodesk. Learn more about how the iAdopt Solution can help you up your game in architecture and design.


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Tips for better architecture and design

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