Talked about their career paths and offered business advice to architects.
Beginning a business with zero business skills
Not all architects have superb business skills. That is something that isn’t taught in architecture school. For you to be successful, you need to wear every single hat, until you can afford to hire people. Unlike other kinds of businesses, architects don’t start with strategy. They start with passion.
Combating the long-hours culture in architecture
Reputable architecture firms in Malaysia operate round the clock because of intense competition. Because of this culture, the bosses must fuel their staff with enthusiasm and motivation. Several companies have introduced flexible work hours to their team members, to make the job better all of them. Of course, some of them already have families, and need to maintain a healthy work-life balance. At the end of the day, it’s all about trust.
Coming up with a strong office culture
Workplace culture is one of the most crucial aspects of every business. For architects who are already running their own firms, the challenge is to nurture a pleasant company culture. For some architecture firms, company culture emanates from their founders and bosses. Culture is sustained by charismatic professionals who keep the firm moving forward.
It’s All About Passion
For those who are just starting out in the field of architecture, learning is crucial. Never assume that you already know everything. Develop your social skills, analytical skills and problem-solving skills. Be patient. Even with the best mentors around, learning can’t happen overnight. It’s a long process, but what is important is that you are doing what you love.