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  Challenges faced by the Contractors
Posted by: FDArchitects - 04-05-2014, 12:44 PM - Forum: Architecture - No Replies

It's no secret, contracting businesses face a long list of challenges. Day-to-day, month-to-month, year-over-year, the challenges and curve balls keep on coming. But does it really need to be this way?
Can the cycle of "juggling balls and putting out fires" be broken?
For those willing to do what it takes, the answer is a definite "Yes." But how?Take a look at these:
Cost overruns
Missed deadlines / lagging schedules
Working from incomplete or the wrong information
Upset clients
Pissed off workers
Employee turnover
Too busy or not busy enough
Job and business related stress
The fact is, the underlying causes of most of the these issues can be reduced and in many cases, eliminated entirely. That's a bold claim but how can it be done?
The answer to your business blues?
Put systems in place to help manage information, workflow, and business processes. Yes, it's that simple.
Systems are the only real answer as they help manage people and information more efficiently, more consistently, and more reliably.
The downside is, it's a big job to develop your own business systems from scratch. It takes a ton of work to figure out what you need, then develop and fine tune systems to make it all happen - but not having systems costs a lot more time, stress, and money in the medium to long run.


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Posted by: Mili Jain - 04-03-2014, 11:49 AM - Forum: Architecture - Replies (4)

Architecture is not a business, not a career, but a crusade and a consecration to a joy that justifies the existence of the earth
– Henry Cameron

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  Architect's journey
Posted by: Mili Jain - 03-21-2014, 03:25 PM - Forum: Architecture - Replies (1)

The architects profession is an adventurous one, a job on the frontier. Designing is a journey, in a way. I set off to find out, to learn. I accept the unexpected. Each project is a new start. The architect walks a knife-edge between art and science, between originality and memory, between the daring of modernity and the caution of tradition.
We are left with adventure of mind, which can bring as much as anxiety, bewilderment and fear as an expedition to a land of ice and snow.

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  Thought of the day
Posted by: sumit_kuntal - 03-14-2014, 10:01 AM - Forum: Architecture - No Replies

Being an architect isn't only about construction, it's about creating wide spaces with small spaces.

-Yannick Heywang

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  Thought of the day
Posted by: sumit_kuntal - 03-13-2014, 11:28 AM - Forum: Architecture - No Replies

Any work of architecture that does not express serenity is a mistake.

--Luis Barragan


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  Architect professional vision
Posted by: FDArchitects - 03-11-2014, 02:19 PM - Forum: Architecture - Replies (2)

The profession is in need of vision in order to chart a course forward. We do not always achieve our visions. We do not always share the same vision. Yet, if there are no visions to consider, we risk stagnation."

--Louis B. Smith, Jr., AIA, Vice-Chair of the AIA Small Project Practitioners Advisory Group and member of the 2006 ArchVoices Essay Competition Jury

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Rainbow challanges faced by young architects practicing in India
Posted by: FDArchitects - 03-08-2014, 02:58 PM - Forum: Architecture - Replies (6)

When an Architect passes from college he (she) is full with  theoretical part of architecture in his five year of academics.
In real world he has to face unknown challenges of construction methods and its contractual system. Along with this the impact of client needs actually mutes the voice of young architects .
After ten or fifteen years of rigorous practice he becomes professional , but in this process he forgets the theoretical part associated with the building work.
This is the real irony in Architecture.
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In architecture education for five year, student only understand the basic vocabulary of architecture terms used by foreign architects and their project they had done in past one and half century. This education is not sufficient for them to understand Indian construction environment and challenges they had to face after graduation.
Client expectation of vastu  create unidentified limitation in design process generally leads to stereotype results in final output . These design results does not make job satisfaction for young architect and they start to avoid design process and repeat the design concept they had created in past.
After design concept and next thing is to get building plan approval from local authority. The organization structure of approval committee is such that architect have to face unbearable humiliation from lower staff of authority
If you have anything to elaborate this discussion please share on this forum so that the voice of architect is not muted and we get proper response from construction system,  builders, client, contractor side.

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