UK-based architect Asif Khan commented on the differences between the older generation of architects and the ones working in the industry today whom he describes as “more inclusive”.
“I am going to generalise slightly, but I think there is a more inclusive approach to architecture [today]. There is more listening going on. ,” he told designMENA on his first visit to the UAE.
He explains that on one hand projects are being realised much faster which results in a more reduced dialogue between clients and architects with higher expectations of productivity.
“On the other hand,” he said, “I think clients and client teams, as well as architects are better at collaborating now, and better at communicating. And the means of communication is very immediate. You can text your client’s mobile number which means decisions can be made really quickly, sometimes formally and sometimes informally.
He added: “There are also a lot more architects than there were 20 or 30 years ago. There is a need for more with the population increasing and the massive increase of the amount of built environment that is being created.
“There is a lot more work to do and I think the profession works a little bit differently now. I think architects need to wear many hats and be prepared to collaborate with a wider range of professionals.”
Khan has worked on a number of projects, collaborating with various industries and developing themes that are beyond architecture.
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