How is the typical day of a Architect?Is it too hectic?

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RE: How is the typical day of a Architect?Is it too hectic?

Deepak Rana
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Let's hear the story in an Architect's words:

The day started just like any other day, with me waking up at 6:00, groaning and generally wishing I didn't have to go to work. This normally wears off by the time I have completed my shower but the likelihood that I am wishing I won the lottery at 6:01 is pretty high. I try to make it into the office early - normally before 7:15am because I have to leave at 5:00pm every day to pick my daughter up from school. I will admit that I get into work early because once I'm up, I'm ready to get busy ... I don't like sitting around (unless that's the point because I've won the lottery.)


First thing I did when I got into the office was to review a proposal for a new project we are going after that has a fast turn-around. I met with the clients yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) and they were making a decision on who they were going to hire 36 hours later ... and wanted my proposal by mid-day today.


architect sketching up a site plan


Next up was some site plan sketches that needed to be prepared. We have a nice addition/ renovation project that I am working on and we have a client meeting tomorrow at 1:00pm. The various schemes are mostly complete but I need to put together some site plan drawings to show how the various schemes sit on the site. Nothing too tricky but I do get to pull out my Sharpie pens.


typing up meeting minutes


The exciting task of preparing meeting minutes for distribution. Preparing some sort of record of what was discussed, what was decided, and assigning action items is incredibly important and most residential architectural firms don't bother. Although I will always acknowledge their value, there are fewer things that I hate doing more than preparing the meeting minutes.


architect on the telephone

All Day Long

Generic telephone shot because I am on the phone a lot and I didn't feel like recording each time I had a phone call. In all, I had 27 separate phone calls today ... I made 19 and received 8. None of which were from my wife [sad face] she's more of a text person since she's in more meetings than any other human being I've every known. Whenever I feel like I have a lot going on, she can always scoreboard me:

Bob:Whew! Today was cray-zee! I must have received 50 emails today ... AND I had 4 meetings. How does anybody expect me to get any work done if all I ever do is meet and talk about how we are going to get the work done?

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