Unlike me, my co-workers at Boora knew what they were doing. They had the entire schedule planned out well in advance, and on my final day at Boora, we hit out 80% design deadline by about twenty minutes. While might seem like we cut it a little close, the previous week or two had been devoted to checking all of the two-dimensional sheets for errors and typos. Instead of madly scrambling as we neared the deadline, we methodically polished our work until our deadline. As a result, we finished confident in the quality of our drawings, rather than hoping we didn’t make a mistake.
Of course, the last week was far less fun than the previous few weeks, what with all the revising we ended up doing. Three whole days were devoted to nothing more than tagging every wall, door, and room in the building. The sheer weight of the tedium was intense, but after replaying a good deal of music, I finished. It made me appreciate the necessity for such large architecture firms, but it seems like better tools would remove the need for quite so many people. Many of the mundane tasks I’ve completed over the past four weeks could’ve been automated. Some of them I did end up scripting, one of the useful things I left behind. Now, they can run my printing script to save all the drawings to pdf files instead of individually printed each and every sheet. And yet...it seems like Revit could do this without external scripting and much more quickly than my solution accomplished. Similarly, maybe the Revit could be smarter about room and door tags, generating them automatically and allowing the architects to touch them up.
My experience at Boora, while valuable, convinced me not to explore architecture as a career option. Perhaps I could write architectural software, but the monotony is too great to give any real thought to pursuing this either in college or beyond. Still, it was interesting to see the internals of an architecture firm, and gain new respect for their patience and knowledge. They do need an acute design sense to pull off a good building, and patience to work with the limitations of the tools.
This week I journeyed to the far ends of the earth, and met with the demons of bureaucracy.