Taking responsibility

Kuala Lumpur- Singapore 1st August 2013

As a professional consultant we need to own up to our actions and recommendations. I have blogged about it before but really want to emphasize this again today. I had another round of project meetings today in regards to a project that has a very famous lead architect as its key consultant. But the interesting thing has been that several of the consultants have come and gone mostly because they were not able to establish their “personality” within the team due to the pressures of the lead design consultant. The point I am trying to make is that we are all professional consultants and our professional opinion and recommendations should be respected and trusted by the team. That is why we are appointed in the first place, right? Having a famous lead consultant does not mean that suddenly we need to let go of our design principles or “adjust” our recommendations just because big brother tells you so.

We have been on a collision course for quite a while now as we can honestly not reconcile the lead consultant’s design direction into a viable and responsible lighting design solution. It is not that we have disregarded their proposals, we have seriously put in the effort and done our due diligence to see if we could make it work, but in the end we found that our solution still is the best value for money with the best possible end result. However we find the lead consultant simply dismissing our recommendations and maintain their push for their perceived solution.

The question for us is whether we maintain our stand or simply bow to the lead consultants pressure. To me the answer is simple…we have to stay true to what we believe is right. If we follow the lead consultants advise and it turns out wrong, we can’t say that we did it because the lead consultant told us so, they in turn would say to us anyhow that we should have told them it would not work. If we follow our own and it goes wrong at least we can own up and take responsibility without having to resort to excuses…

Light Watch 4-125: Façade lighting design can be a tricky business, not only are we dealing with a multitude of “difficult” materials (glass, polished metals) sometimes there is not much architecture to light; using the interior lighting as an alternative to bring out the building at night can then be as effective, if not more!



01. August 2013 by Martin Klaasen
Categories: light watch, lighting and culture, lighting design, lighting standards | Leave a comment

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