So yesterday I wrote about why I’m in architecture, today I want to discuss where I see Lacey Architectural Services going….
From a financial perspective one thing that you have to come to terms with early on in your career in architecture, is that you’re highly unlikely to get rich doing it. Admittedly some do, but most don’t, so I’ve scratched “buy a private jet” off of my list of things I hope to achieve! As long as I can make a decent wage I’ll be happy with that.
So what kind of work do I want to do?
Clearly, at the moment it is too early for me to suggest that I want LAS to specialise in any one particular area of architecture. It’s very much early days and at the moment I’m just grateful for any commissions I get, whether that be a retrospective application for someone who has put a shed up in the wrong place in their garden and fallen foul of the permitted development laws, or a brand spanking new house. I simply can’t afford to be fussy!
Although to be honest, even if I could afford to pick and choose my jobs I’m not sure I would turn down the small stuff anyway, not unless I get to a point where I can’t do that sort of work cost effectively anyway.
Why? Surely that shows a lack of ambition doesn’t it? Surely as an architectural professional my focus should be on bold cutting edge award winning design?
Maybe, maybe not. We definitely need people in architecture who are prepared to push boundaries and move forward. Personally I know some wonderfully gifted men and women who do just that, and, don’t get me wrong, I’m not for one second suggesting I’m content to design dull boring boxes, I’m not. While function MUST come before form, we mustn’t completely disregard aesthetics in the pursuit of practicality. However, my primary focus for LAS is not to win design awards, if they come then great, but in ten years time I’d far rather have a list of clients who would say “Lacey Architectural Services helped us and did a good job, they made the process as easy for us as they could”
Our planning and building control systems, whilst vital, can be a minefield for the uninitiated, the construction process is a different world entirely when you first go there, so my ambition if you like is to be able to guide my clients through all that with the minimum of fuss. That’s what I want to do.
So in summary, I don’t want to be rich and I just want to help people. I’m fully aware that this sounds twee and perhaps even naive, but it’s true. MayberI’ll revisit this blog in 12 months and see what I have to say about it then!