Practising Architectural Practice

If getting better is the goal. As architects, how might we practise in our architectural practice?

Practise doesn’t make perfect.

Perfect is an illusion and almost impossible to achieve.

Practise, on the other hand, does make better.

If you’re practising an instrument, a sport, a performance or any other activity, it’s a conscious pursuit. You sit down (metaphorically or literally) to practise. You might do some warm up exercises followed by some drills or other skills based activities in order to improve. You might then play a piece of music, hit some balls in a game, or dance a duet.

It’s not about being perfect. The point is to get better.

To get better you develop the skills you have and learn new ones and it takes actively pursuing them to practise them, you don’t stop after watching the online tutorial. You need to do the work.

An architectural practice is no different, architectural practise requires developing the skills you have and learning new ones. Getting better should be the point.

What does it look like to practise your architectural practice?


Note on the spelling: Practice is the correct spelling for the noun in both British and US English and it is also the spelling of the verb in US English. However, in British English the verb is spelled practise.


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Hi! I’m Michael

I’m an architect and coach. I help architects rethink their practice and support them as they uncover better ways to work. I’ve worked in architecture for over 25 years, and I ran my own practice for 14 years. I understand architectural practice from the inside out. Fun Fact: my NSW architect’s registration is #10 007 and I have a license to skill.

I believe improving practice takes asking hard questions and deep listening.

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