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Pertama, untuk menjadi seorang arsitek yang handal, Anda harus konsisten berkarier

di jalur yang Anda pilih. Anda juga harus memiliki sertifikat, agar kemampuan Anda
bisa diakui.

Kedua, jika Anda baru memulai bekerja di sebuah perusahaan arsitektur, tunjukkan
ide, energi dan antusiasme Anda dalam bekerja sebagai anak muda.

Ketiga, kembangkan jaringan. Memperbanyak jaringan pertemanan merupakan


salah satu kunci dari kesuksesan. Buka diri Anda, bergaul dengan komunitas
arsitektur yang ada di lingkungan Anda.

Keempat, sabar jika Anda mendapatkan klien yang sok tahu. Jadilah seorang arsitek
yang profesional. Jelaskan dengan baik dan tunjukkan beberapa pilihan untuk
membuka pikiran si klien.

Kelima, jaga sikap. Dunia arsitektur itu sangat sempit. Jaga setiap tindakan,
keputusan dan sikap yang Anda buat. Karena sekecil apapun kesalahan yang Anda
buat, akan selalu diingat oleh orang banyak.

Keenam, kembangkan potensi diri. Menjadi arsitek merupakan pilihan Anda sendiri.
Bekerja di perusahaan arsitek harusnya membuat Anda bisa mendapat pengalaman.
Tapi jika Anda merasa tidak berkembang di sana, pindahlah, dan cari yang lebih baik.

Ketujuh, berani mengeluarkan pendapat. Jika sedang mengadakan rapat perusahaan,


jangan takut untuk menyuarakan ide. Dalam sebuah proyek yang dilakukan oleh
sebuah perusahaan terdapat banyak proses. Perusahaan tentu membutuhkan ide
dan pendapat
karyawannya untuk mengambil keputusan.

Kedelapan, rencanakan dengan matang target kerja Anda. Dalam pekerjaan, Anda
harus membuat target. Target ini diperlukan untuk menentukan hasil apa yang sudah
Anda dapatkan.

Kesembilan, jadi berbeda. Jadilah pribadi yang berbeda dalam arti positif.
Kembangkan keterampilan dan kemampuan unik yang Anda miliki.

Terakhir, bagi Anda yang masih duduk di bangku kuliah, jangan ragu untuk ikut kerja
paruh waktu. Dengan mengikuti kerja paruh waktu atau magang tentu akan
menambah pengetahuan Anda tentang bagaimana sebuah perusahaan mengelola
sebuah proyek.

1. Get Started on Your Career Path

You can start earning IDP hours right after high school graduation.
If you havent already, sign up for IDP and get started on the path to licensure!

2. Dont Get Caught Up in Old Guard Firms

The youth are the future.


Firms need to embrace the ideas, energy and enthusiasm of young people.
Be observant as to what the Millennials in the office are doing.
Make sure emerging professionals are valued in the firms you are interviewing with for
full-time employment.

3. Networking = The Key to Advancement

Get to know everyone in the Architecture community and allied fields (all ages and
experience levels).
Dont underestimate the value of AIA membership and networking opportunities.
Networking is
the Key to Advancement. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons User Townsville Chamber

4. Dont Get Upset by Clients that Think They Know Everything About Architecture

Be patient.
Educate and show multiple options (divergent thought processes) to open up thinking.
Be a professional.
Remember that you were educated as an ARCHITECT (not him/her).

5. Dont Burn Bridges

The Architectural world is way too small.


Your actions and decisions will be remembered.

6. Look Out for #1

It is your career and yours alone.


Make sure you are getting the appropriate experience (IDP), opportunities and
compensation.
If you arent, MOVE ON!!!

7. Voice Your Opinions

The best ideas are never incorporated into projects unless they are heard, presented, and
defended.
Many processes in firms and details on projects can be improved if you simply point out
a better solution to decision makers.
An improvement is always appreciated by principals and clients.

8. You Must Design Your Career and Position

All of us are Unique = Unique jobs/positions


Continually reflect on your experiences to determine what you really want to do.
Make career decisions to attain this position.

9. Differentiate Yourself

Develop your unique skills and abilities.


Demonstrate how they make you a better employee and contributor.
Potentially utilize these skills to go out on your own.

10. Dont Confuse an Internship with Full-Time Employment

An internship introduces you to how a firm and projects work.


Full-time employment mandates responsibility for your work and productivity
(deadlines).
Full-time employment = STRESS!!!

11. Technology Will Lead the Way


You must stay at the forefront of technology.
Volunteer to learn new software and lead firm implementation.
Learn BIM and become proficient while in school.

12. Sustainability is Your Calling and Opportunity

If you endeavor to learn a lot about sustainability while in school, you will be able to
share your knowledge with current practitioners and become peers.
Take the sustainability lead within your firm.
Become a LEED Green Associate while in school.
You must
educate EVERYONE about sustainability. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will

13. You Need to be a Champion of Sustainably Built Environments


You must educate EVERYONE about sustainability.
Future clients will be the result.

14. Build Community

Only 2% can afford the services of an Architect.


What are you doing to help the other 98%?
Get involved in your community.

15. Save the Profession

Architects arent compensated fairly because the general public doesnt value (or know)
what we do.
Teach-Share-Show-Demonstrate to others how we improve the world.

16. Education Doesnt End in School

You must continually learn to stay at the forefront of materials, systems and technology.
Dont let the world pass you by.

17. Mentor

Help teach the next generation.


A two-way street (look up, look back).
You will learn something in the process, and be reminded why you joined this profession.

18. Never Get Grumpy

Continually be inspired by the next generation and harness their optimism and energy.
Be a positive and optimistic employee.

19. Fix Something

The world is full of problems.


Choose one or two things, and fix them.

20. Complete the Task

You set out to become an Architect so take the A.R.E. and become one.
Keep your eyes on the prize!!!

21. Final Thought

The easiest building to design is a box, but Architects dont design boxes.
Architecture is about serving others through the design of the built environment. Make
sure your work is the best it can be through its service to others and contribution to a
more sustainably built world.