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My Architect Lied to Me!!!

By September 23, 2018 February 12th, 2019 No Comments

My Architect Lied to Me!!!

his plans that is

I often hear stories of frustrated home owners, who are struggling with their experience in the design of their new home. One home owner in particular shared with me, “My architect lied to me.”

This is the revalation that a client shared with me after spending a number of frustrating months working with another architect. He told me “I kept telling him (the other architect) what I wanted and he showed me drawings in response that just didn’t feel right.” Round and round they went, exchanging ideas, clarifying, looking at photos, and still they could make no progress.

What was missing? A common, universal language that they both could use and understand. We as architects have been using traditional drawings and details, not to confuse and frustrate, but because those were the best communication methods availble. There is an art to a well executed architectural drawing. Many architects are reluctant to explore alternatives for that reason.

The Virtual Reality Architect understands that reading and understanding traditional drawings is akin to learning a foreign language. In order for their clients to become truly invested in any design, they must be able to engage with it, understand it, become emotional about it. Without that, they are left to rely on their observations of reactions by others to guide them. A poor substitute.

Invite people to ‘walk’ through their home during the planning and design stages, and they can immediately ingest and react to their experience. We still rely on drawings as we always have to communicate with building departments and contractors as they are versed their use. They speak that language. Even those who are fluent can benefit from the deeper understanding offered by the Virtual Reality Architect experience.

The best, most creative design has little chance of moving or being impactful to anyone, let alone ‘posses the magic to stir their blood,’ if it cannot be understood. We are better architects when we can both understand the challenges we and our clients face and communicate solutions clearly in a language that everyone can understand.

How do you find the right architect who’s design will speak your language, and not expect you to learn a new and foreign language? Check out my free and informative guide on ‘How to Select the Right Architect.”

If you are researching a new home or renovation project, my home design resources will give you a solid foundation of what to expect and how to prepare.

Contact Information

Mark E. Benner, AIA

Mark Eric Benner – Architects, Ltd.

17225 Ferndale Avenue

Northbrook, IL  60062


Call me: 847-412-0692

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