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Why Lacking Creative Vision Will Hurt Your Architectural Design

By Maria Lorena Lehman — Get more articles like this sent to your email HERE.

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At the outset of your architecture project, you have the most leverage. Changes you make at this point cost less, and testing out variations of your creative vision early on will help to ensure that your building project is the best possible solution for your client and its future building occupants. But that is not all — a well thought out creative vision will also help your building project to survive the various phases of review by client, boards, and committees. Thus, your creative vision is what will guide design decisions throughout the design and review process so your building concept doesn’t get chiseled away as the project goes on.

When an architect lacks a well thought out creative vision, the entire architecture project suffers. Not only will such a building lack in its functionality and beauty, but the cost and quality of the project will suffer as well. You see, creative vision is about solving for your building’s concept with an eye toward how that concept will look, feel, and behave — not only once newly built, but also long after it has been built. Also, creative vision is about understanding how a design will impact its occupants experientially. By understanding the effects that a building should have on its occupants, a creative vision can be born — giving design life and inspiration to an otherwise boring and purposeless project.

Improve Your Creative Vision in 3 Steps

Creative vision is important for architects to develop because, without it, your building project will suffer. So, what are some steps to help you develop and fine-tune your creative vision?

  • Step 1) Carry-Out Design Iterations: By exploring and refining your design ideas, you will hone in on the best design solution by which to base our creative vision.
  • Step 2) Analyze Your Body of Work: By making each project you undertake better than the last, your creative vision for architecture projects should improve — see if there is anything that has been missing or that can be done better within your previous projects.
  • Step 3) Research Future Trends: By understanding how architecture is evolving, and how cultures and technologies are changing, you can refine your ability to come up with great creative visions. Stay on the pulse of where architectural, cultural, and technological issues are headed.

As you can see, developing the skills and talent to come up with incredible creative visions is not always easy — but with practice and some thought, an excellent creative vision can boost your architectural project, giving you much needed leverage early on. The three steps listed above are only the beginning — be creative with finding new ways to inspire, spark, and research your design visions.

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Maria Lorena Lehman is a multi award-winning visionary author, designer, and educator from the United States. Maria holds a Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from Virginia Tech and a Master in Design with Distinction from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. CLICK HERE to learn more.

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