This is why I wanted to be an architect
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When I finished my graduation studies in architecture, I was swayed by the industry and the need to make a mark there. I thought that I would floor the management and the firm with my sketches and designs and soon be heading up towards the pontiff of the organization. While this did happen in parts and I am happy at the pace that it happened. One thing got left behind and that was the need to communicate with the people, the customers and even the academicians.
Dearth of time and energy:
My job and family took a chunk of the time and energy that I had and soon the habit f making notes and being able to ideate on paper was totally lost. I began talking more and writing lesser and lesser with every passing year. I regret that in that phase, I could connect with my teachers, juniors and other audiences at large through the written word.
I was never word challenged:
I was never intimidated by words from a young age and used to write for school and college magazines. The seed of writing even though was sowed early in life, it got overpowered by the ability to work double hard and amass as much as you could while the sun shined.
What I missed:
I somehow somewhere underestimated the power of being connected on a platform with my customers a d friends and seniors from the fraternity and never probably realized that blogging along with simultaneous practice could be a recipe for a sure shot success!
Anyways, better late than never:
So, here is my first ever blog after chipping in my 15 years as an architect and coming out totally satisfied with the experience. For more reasons than a few, I’d also like to think to myself that I was quite successful in setting up a career spanning that long considering the fact that I could easily make a decent figure salary and two houses in the span that I worked as the chief engineer in my firm.
Why I chose architecture as my calling?
In writing my blog, my intention is to be as transparent and as clear about myself so as to be useful to someone. One thing is clear and that is after coming this long and having worked with integrity and dedication for over one and a half decade, looking back at my successes and failures objectively is not only a possibility but also a necessity. It will not matter however what people thought or spoke of me back then if I do not do justice to my own thoughts and actions in the last fifteen years of my professional life.
What was on my mind when enrolling for the Course:
My father was a doctor and my mother studied law for her graduation. There were many avenues that were present for me to take up. I was essentially doing very well in all subjects including logic and reasoning and my high school teachers Mrs. Sandra and Mrs. Mitchelle were very confident of my academic successes,
Well, to cut the long story short, I opted for the architecture as soon as out of high school and those days I remember my friends and acquaintances asking me if the financial prospects that abounded in the profession was the reason why I chose it. But fortunately it wasn’t.
The mid of my course:
During the beginning of the third year, I was a bit off mark because of a personal tragedy that hit me and I began to lose focus in academics. That was also the year when I met my wife and we started seeing each other. I was getting wayward from studies and there was nothing much I could do to concentrate and get myself back on track.
The seminar that changed my life:
During that term, Francis Christy, a very well known architect presided over a seminar on contemporary architecture and how alternative eco friendly materials could be used to create low cost homes for the poorer sections of the third world countries. I was one of the organizers for the seminar and as I sat watching the visuals that Mr. Christy pored over in the seminars, I was drawn more and more into the subject.
My final year project was how I could contribute towards eco friendly and low cost housing for the have-nots and I received the best project award along with a whopping sum as a scholarship to do research in that subject.
This boosted my confidence and put me on track again. I am glad that I could make it inspite of some very serious distractions in my life.
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