A thought came to me as part of my preparation to teach my Sunday school class. I typically teach a three-month long class once a year, sometimes more. In our current material, pastor and author Mark Batterson, in writing about spiritual matters, discusses limits we place on ourselves from (incorrect) assumptions we make.
Not to be distracted from more important matters of teaching about God, my mind eventually went to the practice of architecture (not while I was studying or preparing…seriously). For the purposes of this blog, we will just talk about architecture.
As stated in the past, my idealistic nature let me go down this path again with my (cracked) rose colored glasses exploring the assumptions we make as architects. Are assumptions keeping us from flourishing, succeeding, or seeing architecture thrive? You can pat me on the head now and smile. Give me a cookie and tell me to sit quietly.
I am too old.
I am too young.
I am not ready.
That is not how we typically do things.
No one will ever believe me.
The boss doesn’t listen.
I can’t afford it.
I’m too tired to care or keep fighting.
I am too frustrated.
What is the point?
It will not make any difference.
The client will never go for that.
The general public doesn’t want that.
The industry is not in favor of that.
They’re just going to say no.
I often have online conversations with architects where many of them have some sense of a defeatist attitude. It’s too easy to give up. Architecture as a career lasts a long time.
What are your assumptions?
Have you been in a small room so long with an eight-foot ceiling that you can’t see beyond it? Am I only an idealist and a dreamer? All of the statements, all the frustrations, all of the excuses – I’ve heard them, I said them, I felt them, I’ve lived them. That was just last week.
It is time to step outside of your little room to the vastness and ask yourself what assumptions do you need to eliminate?