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4 Globally Acclaimed Awards Architects Should Get Their Hands Onto

Whether you’re an aspiring architect or a professional already in practice, receiving an award for your work should be a career goal. A local one usually suffices and replaces all the hard work. However, apparently, there are architectural international award-giving bodies you should target.

Here are four of the top awards any architect would be delighted to receive.

4. UIA Gold Medal

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The International Union of Architects (UIA) started recognizing top architects since 1961 and giving out gold medals in 1984 every three years. You read it right. It’s not a typo error; it’s UIA which means Union Internationale des Architectes. The UIA and architects across the globe are looking forward to its next conference in 2017, “Soul of City” to be held in Seoul, Korea.

3. Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture

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In 1923, Americans started a non-profit organization to preserve the Monticello, which is United States’ third president Thomas Jefferson’s architectural masterpiece. The same foundation annually collaborates with the University of Virginia to give recognition to exceptional architects since 1966.

2. Royal Gold Medal

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Each year, the Royal Institute of British Architects on behalf of the monarchy awards the Royal Gold Medal to outstanding individuals and groups who have made notable contributions to the field of architecture. While most people expect architects to receive the sought-after award, there were instances when engineers, writers, and other influential individuals who highlight important elements of the industry.

1. Pritzker Architecture Prize

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Mr. and Mrs. Jay A Pritzker, on behalf of the Pritzker family and the Hyatt Foundation, started what the architecture world considers to be their version of Nobel Prize in 1979. They strive to honor a living architect whose talent, vision, and commitment create significant contributions to humanity and Nature.
While there are many other award-giving bodies on the planet, these four remain to be the most prestigious. Design your way to snatch one of these awards, architect!

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6 Things All Architects Can’t Miss On A Not-So-Typical Working Day

When describing their usual daily routine, architects won’t give out a solid answer. Projects vary widely and so are their approaches. While there’s no typical day in an architect’s busy schedule, there are always several things they simply can’t miss.

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Read on to find out how their not-so-typical day goes.

1. Design

No matter what project they work on, developing design is usual. Architects strategize according to what their clients prefer and needs. This phase is more than aesthetics, though. It also involves functions, elements, and structures.

2. Drawing

After carefully laying out the schemes of a particular project, every architect creates detailed diagrams to show the correlations between each element of the infrastructure, its spaces and functions, and the general aesthetics. In architecture, drawings and plans are done more than once, per project. We anticipate an initial and final draft to consider all revisions and necessary adjustments.

3. Paperwork, Tons of It

If you think architects are all about drawing and scales, they’re not. A big part of their work includes reports, presentations, and all other documentation necessary to start and complete the project.

4. Talk

Another surprising fact about architects is that they’re articulate. Presentations do not end in paper; it progresses from it. There’s no better person to discuss the diagrams than the individual who made them.

5. Compute

Math is inevitable in the world of architecture, if not everywhere. From design to scale and costing, doing calculations is a must.

6. Management

To make sure designs are implemented strictly according to plan, architects coordinate with contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers as often as possible.

If an architectural career is what you’re after, you should be ready for these six daily routines. Brace yourself and have fun.