I hate meeting architects. I have hated meeting architects for years. It’s a shame, because I used to love speaking to them.
As soon as an architect hears that I work in technology, I have to hear how much they hate that my industry has stolen their name: “Software Architect, Systems Architect, Information Architect… I can’t look for jobs anymore because they are all tech jobs. To be a *real* architect you need a license… you need this… you need that.”
As a user experience designer for web connected stuff, I find the scale and process that architects of physical buildings undergo incredibly interesting. If given the opportunity I could talk to them for hours about the similarities and differences of our work, because they really are interrelated. And in the not-so-distant future, they will overlap more.
Engineers & Designers Don’t Do This
I have never had this type of conversation with engineers or designers who operate in the physical world; those names have been just as coopted by the digital world, possibly to an even greater extent.
I’m not sure what the reason is, but I’m tired of it.
Architects: Next time you’re sitting next to a techie, how about swallowing your pride and having an actual conversation?