Running a business, or rather, working as a professional architect needs the application of a variety of skills acquired during the course of education as well as by practice, internship and various sources of continuous learning. Architectural professional practice being very demanding, demands one to have and all encompassing knowledge base of many fields like the information about available construction technology, the trends prevailing in society, the social needs, the economics and finances of construction, the rules and regulations applied by the local authorities, the fundamental knowledge of engineering and structure and other applied fields. Provided with these issues, a professional should be able to effectively generate designs that are sensitive to the society in which it is supposed to be built, and sensitive as well to the environment as a whole.
Other practical skills like time management, work management and the management of public relationships, the ability to work in teams with effective coordination, identify and utilise the potentials of the colleagues (as an architect is generally looked upon as a key person in the team), proficient communication skills etc. prove to be crucial in the handling of various tasks. One also needs to have the necessary design skills, the knowledge of climate and environmental sciences, building services etc. to meet building users' requirements within the constraints imposed by cost factors and building regulations.
Ethics and Conduct of Practice
In any long-term practice, it is the behaviour and the reputation of a professional that counts. The manner and quality, in which works have been completed in past, the sincerity that has been displayed for work and client, play an important role in creating the goodwill of the architect. As a professional architect, an individual has a primary duty of care towards the community as a whole and this duty prevails over the personal interests of clients as well as one's own self. A professional should be concerned and dedicated to the standards of professionalism, integrity and competence and ultimately contribute to the wellbeing of the environment and the wellbeing of the society.
Fundamental Skills of a Professional
As a qualified architect, there are some fundamental skills that are expected from a professional. One fully utilises the skills developed during the formal education and other practical onsite skills which are developed with the experience of practical works. Creating designs that satisfy technical requirements and which aim to be environmentally sensitive is very important. An understanding of the structural design, construction and engineering problems associated with building is necessary to minimise any structural problems.
One needs adequate knowledge of the practicalities of the on-site work problems and should be prepared to deal with them accordingly by employing ones own skills or by deploying the skills of the available consultants. This is very crucial. Further, necessary design skills to meet building users' requirements within the constraints imposed by cost factors and building regulations are very imperative to be known. Adequate knowledge