Running Head: ARCHITECTURE 2
How this need for an architect to be a jack of all trades is still relevant
Architecture has always been known to many as an allied discipline. It derives its ideas and concepts from design, structures, chemistry, sociology, environmental studies, psychology, and mathematics. Being an architect allows one to be diverse. An architect should know all aspects regarding, plumbing, building, Geotech, building, glazing, waterproofing, and tiling among others. This makes it a multifaceted role and therefore becoming a jack of all trades. According to Vitruvius, architects are not and can never be experts in every field. This makes them jacks of all trades. This means that for one to achieve a good architectural design, one must understand several subjects than being an expert in one. An architect will always be a multiskilled profession. He will not only take care of the structure but also its aesthetic, function, and experience. The excellence of an architect solely depends on versatility (Pollio et al.,1968). Architects will continue being a jack of all trades for they have to master the Arts of understanding the feasibilities of design, conceptualize them, the art of looking for the right expert to consult, the art of building responsibly, and grasp the art of working together as a team. Currently, architects are combining design senses as well as through processes to make use of material and space together with, sociology, technology, psychology, and phenology in coming up with something experiential and responsible to the environment. Therefore, the need for an architect to be a jack of all trades is still relevant today (Williams, 2019).
How are the areas of knowledge that Vitruvius discusses still important in the designing of buildings today?
Vitruvius in his treatise on architecture came up with important areas of qualities that should be in any piece of architecture. These areas of knowledge are still relevant today. When an architect designs with these areas of knowledge in mind, this will make his work to be outstanding. Every building is designed and build for a reason. If a building fails to reach its purpose, then it is not useful. In addition, the individual parts of a building should be logically related or connected. Vitruvius suggests that the eye should always be in search of beauty which has and should always be the main objective to aim for when coming up with designs. Architects should come up with buildings that are pleasing to the eye. This principle is still applicable today. Just like Vitruvius, every architecture should consider every element of a structure in relation to the surrounding environment. He calls it eurythmy. Architectures still employ this aspect in their designs making the designs to be well proportioned as well as asymmetrical thus enhancing beauty by using materials appropriate to the structures. Buildings are also made to last, therefore buildings designed to topple after few years are regarded as a failure. Architects ought to come up with designs that will last for centuries and others even millenniums. Even though none of the Vitruvius buildings stand, the point stands and is still relevant today.
What new areas of knowledge are needed to be a good architect?
Being an architect entails so many things apart from just drawing and building. A good architect needs knowledge of engineering, physics, math, science as well as dedication and drive and the ability to design and come up with great designs. Apart from this, he needs to be creative, has leadership skills, collaborative, and construction savvy.
Pollio, V., Cesariano, C., Bruschi, A., Carugo, A., & Fiore, F. P. (1968). De architectura. B. Blom.
Williams, K. (Ed.). (2019). Daniele Barbaro’s Vitruvius of 1567. Springer International Publishing.