Are architects relevant in Nigeria?
In a country where science and maths have always been prefered to art and creativity, and the quickest route to a solution has always been prefered despite how rewarding or thorough the slower one may be. How do you justify and defend the increased costs for a project when most projects are limited in funding in the first place. And in a culture where home improvement or renovations come much further down the list and are overshaddowed by the desire to buy a new car, a city apartment, or some fancy clothes.
As Nigerians, we like to brag about our success, yes I am speaking generally, but it is true for some. Do we really care about how a house is built when all they really care about is the fact that it is built in the first place. Employing an architect most certainly is not the quickest and cheapest route to completing a project but the idea is that the quality of the project, the longevity, the cohesiveness of the team is much improved with one on board. How do we convince the general public, can we convince them?
When you ask your friends and family, what is an Architect? What does an architect do? Are you surprised that they are confused where to begin their answer, either that or they are quick to make the remark that 'all they do is draw right'?
What do you think?? Comment below.
By Tumi Jegede