We have heard the expression: “Technology have changed the world,” and we should add: and the way architecture firms works too. When we visit the architecture firm Handel Architects, LLP in downtown San Francisco, we found that the old way to plan, work and present the projects has change too.
When you enter to the firm looks that they are working like the all days, but if you go deep in their work, they depend so much in technology.
Every aspect has change. For example to prepare their presentation, it was a long morning, using the printing machines, and finishing the models. Today, it is a matter of minutes because they use the projector to present the majority of the material in a PDF format, and if the client have questions, they could use the digital archives or visit the Internet right there. Finally, with new technologic architects can reduce the area of storages because they have to keep records of their project for 10 years
Fortunately, most of the time of the time they are not under a lot of stress that only happened during deadlines. Also, because is a medium firm, the architects need to work as a team. Architects have more experience in one area than others, which make them experts, so they need each other.
Usually architects work in front of the computer. Other architects work in different tasks at the same time, but others have different hats, so they have to be in and out.
In this firm they prefer to accept interns that they have ethical principles and want to work in collaboration environment rather than have someone who can have good skills but who want to work alone. They recommend that during an interview, the must important aspect is to be honest.
Finally they recommend for future architects that is essential to do internships in order to get experience and to star getting connected with firms that in the future can hire them.