|First Baptist Church - Woodstock,GA|
Interesting (and related) was the theme of "Why?" which seemed to permeate the undertone of each conference session. Why do you do what you do? What is the driving force of your every move? Is there a purpose in your actions? I had no choice but to think about what that meant for me and my work as an architect as well as the firm my partners and I oversee. Do I have a vision for what I do and what I design? I'm realizing it is imperative that I take a larger view of things each day. If I don't, I simply default into making daily choices in a haphazard manner based on a plethora of insignificant and disjointed reasons. I will either be clear and consistent or end up misunderstood. This idea of vision was exemplified in a couple sessions presented by a fellow design professional, Mel McGowan of Visioneering Studios. He presented several church projects the firm had designed throughout the United States. It was clear the projects were under-girded by a strong vision and focused direction which ultimately led to a clear architectural expression. These buildings were manifestations of ideas that carried power for the people, and more importantly, the Person within its walls - "architectural evangelism" as McGowan described it.
So think big. No, think huge. Remember your decisions are guided by something. Be intentional and move with purpose. Step away, then back. Be inspired. Believe you have been given gifts that can have great impact - on others, on what you do, on your ideas. Dream BIG. Have Vision.