what’s the frustration source?


Do you want to know what I’m thinking? I’m thinking people don’t reveal the real source of their frustration.

When it comes to architects, we find that codes, regulations, and rules can be exasperating. Our clients get irritated and that in turn can fuel our frustration. Perhaps it is also linked to our perceived ability to easily solve problems and be viewed somewhere between a team player and hero.

I doubt we have problems with regulations and guidelines if they involve safety – of our loved ones. There is a sense of obscurity by some and a lack of confidence in being rejected (by the AHJ).

It boils down to taking the time, creating understanding and applied fairness. It also comes down to cost; people do not like to spend money on things other than ‘toys.’

What frustrates you? Be honest.

That’s my thought of the day.

what’s the frustration source?

2 thoughts on “what’s the frustration source?

  1. Until recently codes were definitely a frustration. Then I studied for the California Supplemental Exam and realized just how easy the rest of us have it. Then I dig deeper and realized that all these codes and regulations, at least in part, were reactions to tragedy, loss (sometimes financial), or some other force or circumstance. Now I see them simply as a minimum standard to adhere to. They are not good or bad. They just are. Working with them is far easier than trying to work around them.
    The real frustrations come when trying to explain the “why” to clients. “Why” do I have to have a sprinkler system? “Why” do I have to provide safe egress for 1200 people when my load is only 150? On and on.
    Great post as always, Lee.

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