Architects specifically, and workers in the construction industry in general, are often not recognized. Observations include the following.
The results last far longer than anyone imagines (exceeding expectations).
Some may see buildings as impersonal, yet buildings create a feeling within everyone that comes near.
Working on a building at any phase must have its own reward. Rarely do we stop and say thank-you. Even the brief moments of admiration are usually silent.
While each building is different, there are common themes. While they may look different, good buildings use proven design principles. A building that endures will have a solid foundation. Buildings that create positive emotions can be seen as a reflection of the care that has gone into each step of its construction.
Buildings, people, and faith systems have more in common than I initiate realized. To reach there full potential and purpose, at the heart of each will be enduring principles. For buildings it will be form driven by function, mathematical formulas, and tested materials. With individuals and faith systems it will be driven by truth, making a positive difference and compassionate community. Each must have a solid foundation, anchored in something that does not change. Buildings rest on their connection to the earth. People and faith systems rest on their relationship to love. Buildings reflect the care (or lack of) that goes into every phase. People and faith systems reflect the care that we take in learning, growing, and acting. Without the cycle of action, reflecting, and change, people and faith systems will quickly die.
I often find myself caught in the externals, what something looks like. It takes a reminder to bring me back to the center; “there is only one foundation, the one already laid: Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 3.11) To me this says I must engage with the intent of making a positive different. With each action, I have an opportunity to reflect, learn, and grow. Each step is possible because the foundation is in place. The core of a building is rarely something I think about. Maybe I should.