On Handling Difficult Clients
Over the years, I’ve met the good, the bad and the ugly in terms of clients that have come across my way. We’re humans after all; no one is the perfect architect and no one can be the perfect client. There are, however, a few things that need to be noted:
Don’t discredit our profession.
Never come pretending that it will only take a quick meeting to draft out your project. We are the architects. We’ve sweated years over designs and under construction cranes to get to where we are.
Let the creative process take the time it needs.
Creativity cannot be scheduled. Imitation of previous designs or inspiration from the web and around the world makes the process go faster, but where’s the innovation in that?
Don’t disrespect our crew.
Whether they are working themselves blind in front of a laptop to finalize the required documents, or spending countless of hours building your dream project with their own hands, they deserve the utmost respect. Be kind, whoever crosses your way.
Don’t pretend to be an architect.
We won’t take your so called sketches drafted on translucent sandwich paper as suggestions for your project; neither do we take photo-collages extracts from magazines and catalogs. Let the expert do their job. All you have to do is enjoy the process and watch us do what we do best. Trust the architect. You don’t go to the doctors with WebMD’s diagnosis of your illness. You let him be the doctor; you trust his knowledge and expertise.
Trust the architect. Why else would you hire him?