There has been no scientific exploration into exactly what personality types will make a successful architect. However, the Myers Briggs personality type of INTJ, or otherwise known as ‘the mastermind’, is likely to be a successful architect. This is because these types of people typically look for possibilities for improvement in everything and have the unique ability to plan head and refine and vision for the future. They are organized, calculating, rational, analytical, independent and innovative, which are key skills for successful architects.
Accomplishment and mastery
As becoming an architect takes many years, the sense of achievement and skill mastery once architects finally qualifies is high. What is more, is that architects must continue to develop their skills throughout their career in order to keep their license and progress further. This will further increase their sense of accomplishment and mastery.
Meaning and contribution
The work of an architect is incredibly meaningful and contributes greatly to society. Architects have the unique skills to ensure building are aesthetically pleasing and structurally sound and as mentioned previously, great architecture can dramatically improve communities and businesses.
Most architects will work full time, which offers a great life fit. However, many architects will work additional hours, especially when facing deadlines. Self-employed architects may have more flexible work hours, but the hours tend to choose you.
Who will thrive in this career?
First and foremost, as architects are responsible for the whole design of buildings, in order to thrive you must be artistic and creative. You must also be organized, as there is a lot of work and planning that goes into ensuring a building is aesthetically pleasing, meets the clients brief and is safe. Finally, in order to thrive as an architect, you must be able to communicate clearly with others. This is because architects will spend much of their time liaising with engineers, construction workers and other architects.
Who will struggle in this career?
You may struggle as an architect if you are not naturally creative. Similarly, if you don’t pay attention to the most minuscule details, you may struggle as an architect. Those who prefer to not communicate with others throughout their working day will struggle with the constant need to communicate and confer with others. Finally, those who are not willing to commit to the education will, obviously, struggle as becoming an architect takes over 5 years.