A Study on the Relevance of Punctuality, Completeness, Accuracy and Conformance to Requirements in the Architectural Profession Abstract:The Architectural Profession is God-like. Being a professional, an Architect is known as a designer of his world. Basically he is trained to design, to plan and to construct buildings and human settlements. The practice of an architect, where architecture means to offer or render professional services in connection with the design and construction of a building, or group of buildings and the space within the site surrounding the buildings, that have as their principal purpose human occupancy or use.
A central issue in architectural profession is time management and work ability of an architect. The researcher noted all the basic ethics of an architect. Being punctuality is one of the basic. Architects are professionals who deal with professionals most of the time. Time is always of the essence. You have to transact at the agreed time always. Any delay caused on your part is an inconvenience to the other party. Completeness and accuracy ethics can be performed at work with full of effort. Completeness and accuracy make the design perfect. Conformance to requirements is also indeed part of the basic ethics of an architect.
Conformance to requirements is the capability to follow all existing laws or decrees that were designed or enacted to serve the welfare of the majority. In conforming to requirements, an architect assures the safety of life and property involved particularly in architectural designs. It all boils down to professionalism. Keywords: Professionalism, punctuality, completeness, accuracy, architecture, ethics, conformance, creator, capability, relevance. Introduction The UAP (United Architects of the Philippines) Architect’s National Code Document Series 200 entails the code of ethical conduct.
A curricular framework that recognizes the importance of a broad education including general studies, architectural studies and electives. c. Knowledge of the diverse needs, values, and behaviours that characterise different cultures and the implications of this diversity on the community roles and responsibilities of architects. d. Legal principles and ethical issues in practice. 2. The Architect’s Code of Ethics a. I shall work with this general objective – which my duty is not only to myself, but also to my Country and God. b.
I shall uphold the ideals and follow the norms of conduct of a noble profession and endlessly endeavour to further its just ends. c. I shall humbly seek success not through the measure of solicited personal publicity, but by industrious application to my work, strive to merit a reputation for quality of service and for fair dealing. d. I shall ask from all, fair remuneration for my services while expecting and asking no profits from any other source. e. I shall hold the interest of my Client over and above any self-interest for financial returns. f.
I shall exercise my professional prerogatives always with impartially and disinterestedness. g. I shall avoid any private business investments or venture which may tend to influence my professional judgement to the detriment of the trust placed upon me. h. I shall inspire by my behaviour the loyalty of my associates and subordinates and takes upon me the mentorship of the aspirants to the profession. i. I shall confine my criticisms and praises within constructive and inspirational limits and never resort to these means to further malicious motives. j.
I shall dedicate myself to the pursuit of creative endeavour towards the goal of enlightened Art and Science, generously sharing with colleagues, friends and strangers alike the benefits of my experience and experiments. 3. The Importance of Punctuality Figure 1 A white businessman in a suit, holding a briefcase and sticking out from an arm of a cuckoo clock upon the hour of 9am, symbolizing punctuality. Punctuality is the most important habit that people need to develop. It’s a great virtue to be present on the appointed time. A punctual person is always one step ahead of others.
Frequently when a person say plan work and work plan. But if you don’t start your work promptly, how can you become a better person in your life? According to Arch. Alexander Timbang(2011), “–you have to manage your time, don’t let time manage you. Be on time always. ” When at work, to give time for a meeting or a site visit and not to be present there on time creates a bad impression. It should be the other way. An architect shall be so particular about the time that others around you shall be alarmed about it. An architect must take note the possible time required to travel along the street. You must start on time.
Don’t be use giving unreasonable excuses when you are late. It’s a bad habit. If you are late just say, “Sorry for the delay”. To avoid uncertainty and to be punctual, a diary habit will help a lot. If the meeting was cancelled or postponed it should be announced in advance not at the last minute. To avoid overlapping of the appointments, you must check your schedules on your diary, so you can give time to other appointment. Just give enough time gaps between the two successive appointments. * How to be punctual in work: a. Be considerate Think about how you would feel if someone else was late at your expense.
Realize that it makes you look unreliable, even though you may be only a little late. If you are always waiting on someone, don’t try to figure out how you can be later than her/him. Use the time instead to read a book or something. b. Finish things early leave as little as possible to be done in the morning, you will be groggy then and everything you do will take longer than normal. If there were things you couldn’t finish in time the night before make a list of them and put them somewhere you can see quickly as you are getting ready in the morning. c. Put a clock everywhere unless you are in the habit of wearing and looking at wristwatches every now and then, having a clock at all your rooms helps you keep track of time. You can put alarms on your clocks so it goes off every half an hour or something, to let yourself know how much time is passing by and working accordingly. d. Set ahead your time – if you are a little late for everything you do, setting your clocks a few minutes ahead is a good idea. It’s up to you how much you set it ahead by, I know someone who has it ten minutes ahead. If it comes to a point where setting the time ahead isn’t working anymore, just change it again.
You can set events earlier in your calendar too, schedule any projects due to be finished a day or two earlier than the actual due date. e. Prioritize – if you are running late, stop and think, for just a few seconds, what must be done now and what can be done later. This puts your tasks in priority and is a good way to organize and find time to do the things you need to without sacrificing time. It’s refreshing to get things done in time. When we know we are going to be late, we always think about it, or at least have it at the back of our thoughts. Once you get in the habit of doing things timely, you feel more reliable at yourself.
It feels like a burden has been lifted off of you. 4. The Importance of Completeness and Work Accuracy In almost every line of work it is important if not critical that work be done accurately. Yet, there is a significant portion of the population for whom excellence, accuracy and attention to detail do not come naturally. The methodology corrects this and opens a critical doorway to career advancement. According to * The responsibilities of the Architect As the prime design professional, the architect assumes primary contractual responsibility to the owner for accuracy and completeness of the work of architect’s consultants.
If something goes wrong, the architect can be held contractually liable to the owner for services improperly perform their services in accordance with applicable standards of professional practice, and failure to do so may result in their liability to injured parties. However, their failure to meet the standard of care may also make the architect contractually liable to the owner. The architectural profession has changed dramatically in recent years due to technological advancements. Computers and other electronic devices have improved the speed and accuracy of design and provided convenience for architects.
Despite these developments, there are some traditional tools that are still widely used in the architectural profession. Architects should be comfortable utilizing technology as well as more traditional methods of design. * Tools can be use of Architects to make their work accurate and complete: a. Computers Most architects work extensively with computers, using them to develop design ideas or draft construction documents using computer-aided design (CAD) software. Word processing software is used to write specifications, proposals and other documents. b. Large Format Printers or Plotters
Architects typically work with large-format drawings on 24 by 36-inch or larger paper. Most architectural firms have their own large-format printers or plotters to print and copy computer-generated drawings. c. Digital Photography Digital cameras enable an architect to document existing site conditions for future reference or for use in presentation images. Photographs help the architect remember important site characteristics that will influence the design. d. Measuring Devices Architects use measuring tapes or laser measuring tools to take accurate measurements on site, ensuring that their designs are accurate and feasible.
An architectural scale, a type of ruler, is used for measuring scaled construction documents, or to scale down real-world measurements to a size that will fit on paper. e. Sketching Materials Even with computer software advancements, it is often quicker and easier for an architect to carry a sketchbook to jot down important notes and brainstorm design ideas as they occur. Tracing paper is still commonly used to sketch design modifications over existing drawings. f. Manual Drafting Tools CAD technology has almost completely replaced manual drafting, but some architects still prefer to draw by hand.
Most architectural schools still teach manual drafting as a required skill. A drafting board, parallel rule, triangles, compass, drafting pencils and inking pens are some commonly used tools for hand drafting. ——————————————– [ 2 ]. http://www. di. net/articles/archive/3229/Professional_and_Ethics_in_Architectural-Education_DesignIntelligence. htm Nov. 3, 2011 [ 3 ]. ARCHITECT’S NATIONAL CODE, UAP DOC. 200, CODE OF EHTICAL CONDUCT, 1979. [ 4 ]. Importance of Punctuality in work,www. oppapers. com/essays/Importance-Of-Punctuality/194688