In this situation, there will be a lack of communication and understanding from all parties. The owner risks many delays and missed deadlines because he has expected individual parties to communicate with each other and organize themselves without a general contractor. This will be chaotic and time-consuming as private designers, material specialists, and subcontractors also have to communicate with the architects. The owner expects each firm to communicate with each other rather than having groups of firms reporting to a general contractor who will then communicate to the architect. The designers and contractors will be delayed in their work because there will be a multitude of parties in which they will need to communicate and confirm plans. This will be very chaotic because each party is specializing in a specific department and in therefore no clear judgment will be established.
My architectural passion sparked when I was in the fifth grade where an Architect was invited to our class for a few hours for a couple of weeks. I have a very distinct memory of a moment when he asked the class, “how long do you think this room is” and I immediately looked down at the floor tiles and started counting, “twenty-eight feet I said”, he was in shock that I used that method to answer the question. I cannot remember ever being taught that by anyone and so this invokes a feeling on me today that I was destined to be in this field of study. During the architects’ visit, we drew plans and elevations of a dog house and then we drew floor plans for our dream houses, at such a tender age I had very little knowledge of architecture and I was amazed that one day I can have this power to design my own home. That has been the dream ever since.
Throughout my undergraduate studies, I have learned that there is an extensive amount of possibilities in terms of where my architectural studies can take me. Although my initial dream involved me becoming a licensed architect that specializes in small scale residential buildings, I am always learning about the variety of fields to which my studies can be applied. I have recently developed a passion for architectural detailing and I feel like this may be a possible specialty filed in the overall architectural filed that I may be successful and pleased in.
Very recently a selected group of my peers and I visited a local firm in Brooklyn who established an all in house firm, by this I mean they are the owners, developers, real estate, and construction team. Ever since I started my studies and started learning that architects design for clients I soon became very frustrated with this and I would always complain to my peers and boldly and naively say I want to design for my self. Of course, the firm that I have mentioned above still do have clients except that the clients are the community residents. Having witnessed that what I was complaining about for years now is possible I have been extremely intrigued ever since and I am very much leaning towards this career path.