Why I Choose Architecture

Creative Expression

Architecture is an art form, solely dedicated to the creation of functional and beautiful buildings. With unique ideas and vast opportunities to construct, design and manage buildings, it becomes an ultimate form of creative expression. My interest in exploring all the possible options one can reach, when creating not just any building, but one that is visually pleasing, sparks my desire to become an architect.
I find solace in the planning and creativity of designing a building from concept to completion. It is quite a fascinating process to imagine something and have it slowly come together step by step through hard work and perseverance. There are times when I am uncertain about my designs and ideas but with the help of creative problem solving, the solution always reveals itself.
As the world develops with increased urbanization, the role of an architect seems more important. This idea compels me to choose architecture for myself because I have a passion for creating something remarkable that can stand the test of time. I also want to use this skill to contribute something of value which can benefit not only myself but also the people around me.

Community Service

Ending homelessness and creating places that foster a sense of strong community is important. As an architect, I want to make sure that communities are integrated and efficient. This can be achieved through architecture that is thoughtful and knowledge based.
I strongly believe in the concept of collective well-being, which emphasizes that a harmonious community can be created when individuals focus more on their collective well-being, instead of solely focusing on themselves. With the help of architecture and design, this can be achieved as buildings are built for people, not for individuals.
A place of collective well-being has several important elements such as social space, recreational area and cultural center. It also means providing access to public transport and other public services. All of these facilities will go a long way in helping the community connect with each other and ultimately build a strong foundation.

Environmental Preservation

Everyone dreams of living in a sustainable city that is ecologically friendly where energy consumption is minimized. As an architect, I would strive to create buildings that utilize green materials, have clean water and energy efficient solutions. This is important for preserving our environment for future generations and for me to contribute in a meaningful way.
I am certain that creating a well thought-out design with efficient management plans will prevent many of the problems that arise from unfitting and wasteful building designs. One of the most important elements when creating a design is using renewable materials which will reduce the overall burden on natural resources.
It is inevitable that humans will have a great impact on the environment and with the resources available to architects, it is our job to be responsible for the decisions that are made. Designing sustainable places is important not only for today but also for the future generations that depend on the well being of their environments.

Research opportunities

The field of architecture offers me a platform to expand my research and knowledge. I will be able to explore a range of building solutions and materials all while learning how to be more responsible when it comes to the environment.
Seeing the development of a project, from beginning till the end, would be an amazing way to understand the various aspects of architecture while also gaining experience in the process. I know I will also be able to increase my teamwork skills with the help of colleagues and develop solutions together.
This research will also provide me with a great opportunity to express my passions and use the resources available to me to reach my goals. I can also use this time to explore my options for starting my own practice and hopefully one day work on some of the most interesting projects.

Cultural Impact

Architecture is a powerful tool for shaping and transforming a culture. Through creative designs, architects can show culture and influence people’s lives. Good architecture should be designed in a way that it reflects the values and principles of a culture while also being modern and innovative.
With this in mind, it is evident that architecture plays a major role in helping preserve a specific culture. It is important to create buildings that are significant to the people and create an environment that promotes peace and unity.
By expressing the unique elements of a culture through pre-existing qualities, such as customs, language, music and art, architecture can bridge the gap between two cultures and help create a more united world.

Personal Development

Choosing architecture as my career is also an opportunity to grow and learn. There are various aspects of architecture that are essential for becoming a successful architect. In order to stay ahead of the curve, I need to stay informed on the latest trends in architecture and design.
This requires constant learning and experimentation which is another perk that comes with the job. As a person, I must be highly organized and have the ability to focus on details. I must also have an eye for beauty and design and have an understanding of the principles of light, materials, and structure.
Additionally, it is important for me to remain creative and think outside the box when it comes to problem-solving. With these qualities, and experience, I can develop my skills so that I can create a successful career in architecture.

Challenges and Rewards

The world of architecture is ever-growing and changes rapidly, which means the demand for architects is also increasing. As an architect, I need to be aware that there will be a few challenges along the way that I must be prepared to face.
Although I will be constantly facing challenges, I also know that I cannot let my fear of failure stop me from succeeding. To be successful, I must be driven, passionate and focused on the task at hand.
A successful career in architecture requires immense dedication and hard work, but it also reaps the rewards that come with it. I am aware that the process might be time consuming and tedious, however at the end of the day, I know that I can be proud of any accomplishment that I have made with my efforts.

Financial Security

Architecture provides financial stability, which is something that I require in my career. It also offers me job security and a steady income. This is important for me to have because it provides me with the assurance that I have a steady job and a steady flow of income.
The financial security that comes with a career in architecture helps me plan for the future and make secure investments into my designs, my career and my life. With this security, I can focus solely on growing my knowledge and becoming the best architect I can be.
The field of architecture is growing and I need to stay ahead of the competition so that I am able to provide clients with the best possible design. With the financial security, I am able to do the research and experiment with new ideas without the fear of becoming bankrupt.

Innovation and Technology

Advancements in technology have opened new doors for architects. Not only are there now more efficient materials, equipment and building requirements, but there are now opportunities to access more advanced technologies such as virtual and augmented reality. This provides Architects with the opportunity to create innovative and unprecedented designs.
Through the use of technology, Architects can gain access to better design platforms and software which can ensure a more efficient workflow throughout the entire process. It can also provide them with the ability to capture a variety of views and angles to get a better picture of the design.
Additionally, technology can help Architects create designs that are in-line with the latest trends in the industry and create structures which can be both beautiful and highly functional. There is always something new to learn and explore when it comes to technology and Architecture and I’m excited to see what else I can discover.

Creating a Lasting Legacy

Out of all the reasons why I choose architecture, what inspires me the most is the concept of leaving a lasting legacy. Through my work, I hope to create something that will stand the test of time, influence people and be a source of inspiration for the future generations.
My goal is to create spaces and places with a defined purpose, designed thoughtfully and with respect to the environment and the people. This way, my designs will become part of the landscape and remain in the collective memory of a place, since there is no better feeling than seeing something that you have created stand the test of time.
No matter how small my role is in creating a structure, it could have a major impact on how people live, interact and be inspired. This is why I choose Architecture, because in the end my designs would become art and they will be around for years to come.

Anita Johnson is an award-winning author and editor with over 15 years of experience in the fields of architecture, design, and urbanism. She has contributed articles and reviews to a variety of print and online publications on topics related to culture, art, architecture, and design from the late 19th century to the present day. Johnson's deep interest in these topics has informed both her writing and curatorial practice as she seeks to connect readers to the built environment around them.

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