Who is constructing architect?

I must admit that at the begininng of my education, I did not even know who I might actually become. I was always keen on architecture. On the other hand, I never really sketched or showed other symptoms of being an art person. I liked reading about architecture, thinking about it and I am quite perceptive about my surrounding (at least I would like to think of myself that way). And due to circumstances, I moved from Czech Republic to Denmark to study “Architectural Technology and Construction Management” at VIA University in Horsens. That means that one day I will eventually certainly become a constructing architect. But what that means?

There is the world “architect” here, so one can think about names like Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright or Bjarke Ingels. One may dream about becoming like them. But. There is also the world “constructing”. That world feels much more practical, maybe even a bit boring, it definitely has a feeling of efficiency and productivity. So what do we get when we combine these two?mixture

I see it the way that we get jack of all trades, a person who is kind of architect, bit of engineer, speck of a manager. Something like an army knife of construction site.

So far (In the second semester) we have dealt with (among other things) with (in no logical order):

  • Costing
  • Detailing
  • Schedules
  • Starting own company
  • Plumbing
  • Electricity
  • Ventilation
  • Sewer
  • Water
  • Layout
  • Site conditions
  • Structural stability
  • Construction process
  • Materials
  • Sustainability
  • Architecture (the one with big A)
  • Mathematics
  • Revit
  • SketchUp
  • Budgets
  • Websites
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Fee structure
  • Building regulations
  • Law

And maybe few (dozen) of other things. So yeah, we were quite busy. Is it hard? Sure it is. Do I enjoy it? Absolutely!

And now I do have a small glimpse of who the constructing architect is, and I hope you do too. And eventually, if I will be persistant and do not drop this blog as I tend to, one day, we might compare what does it really take to be a constructing architect and not just play one at school.


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