Arch 4861 Professional Practice
Case study #2 Clemson floor collapse
If I was investing the cause of collapse, the information that I would need is:
- The legal capacity of the room
- Structure research (Did it change after the construction?)
- The initial function/purpose of the room
- Construction documents (DOB)
The main responsibility would be the owner’s because he is in charge of room instructions, such as occupancy limit/ the occupant load. Also, he allowed the change of room function (from meeting to party), which concluded in floor collapse.
In case of a structural failure, the building team (architect; structural engineer) would take the responsibility.
Arch 4861 Professional Practice
Case study #1 Discrepancy in Concrete Mixture
After reading and analyzing the situation of Case Study #1, it is obvious that communication and understanding from all parties is the main problem that occurs. There is an intended lack of communication between the owner, the superintendent of construction, and the architect. On the other hand, the owner seems to be blinded by the money savings, so he does not see or understand the future consequences of the action that he is attempting to take. Legally, the architect should be the interpreter of the requirements of the contract documents and the judge of the performance of both the owner and the superintendent. What makes a successful outcome is a careful inspection, testing, and evaluation of the project from the architect.
In this case, the architect knows that other parties involved in the project have been cheating on the cement content of the concrete and that the concrete will not come up to the strength by the specifications and by the local building code.
In my opinion, the solution to this problem is for the architect to take the responsibilities that come with his professional title, to protect the health, welfare, and safety of the public. The first step that the architect should take is not signing/approving the contractor’s requisition. After that, the architect has ethical and professional responsibility to report the problem to his superiors, DOB, and their lawyers too. This way all the superior parties are aware of this problem and the architect is not responsible for any personal or public future consequences.
At a very young age I expressed my interest towards visual arts and especially towards the process of drawing. Now, I feel like that was the sign for me to start studying architecture. Putting things together, creating and using a graphic language gives me joy and motivates me to be more innovative. I am not sure if I would be able to define my dream career, but I know for a fact that following my passion for building design and being a sensitive architect will make my dream career become true.
Our personalities and professional careers are most of the time married together and have a really close relationship. I grew up in a different country than USA where opportunities for education, jobs, or general development were a privilege, so I developed a strong work ethic that still helps me to be recognized and appreciated.
My dream career is related with the architecture major for sure, but that does not mean being an architect necessarily. My goal is to set new standards on the field that will eventually be my future career. I think it is really important to be focused on a special aspect of the wide range of architecture (e.g. even if you are just a drafter, make sure to be focused and be the best drafter). On my opinion, this would be archived with hard work, determination, and the most important part is learning from your mistakes. My aspiration is to be bold and not afraid to fail.