The Power of Connection and Influence of Design

Architecture is beautiful.  People think it’s simply designing buildings and their structure, but to work in the field of architecture is so much more, and carries so much more responsibility.  We create a space, the emotions you feel, connections, and conversations.

As students in architecture, we have to learn to appreciate the world we live in, we have to want to improve how we live, and we must find the reason for why we design.  We have to be able to listen to what people need, and react in a way that lets people know we’re listening.

Connections are everywhere in architecture, and the more we learn both in school and out in the working industry, the stronger these connections grow.  By being attentive to the needs of our community, nature, and how we can build to work WITH these things, the better off we’ll be.

There are three wonderful architects who I came across on YouTube that further express the greater power of connections between structure, people, and nature, and show us how our designs greatly influence our everyday lives.

Whether you love architecture or not, taking the time to watch these videos will give you a better appreciation for the work that goes into designing our buildings; and for those of you who are involved in the industry –maybe this will give you inspiration or a new perspective.


One of the big architectural issues of the future is realizing the real significance of plants and human life.  And the connection between plants and buildings can only get closer, I think.
–Sir Nicholas Grimshaw [Architect]


Sir Nicholas Grimshaw

The link introduces you to one of my favourite piece of architecture (both in general and by Grimshaw).  They create a rainforest biome in one of the most unlikely of places, while being responsive to land they build on, and bringing people together in a beautiful and unique new world.

Jeanne Gang

Jeanne Gang’s TED talk dives deeper into the explanation of how architects are “relationship builders” and how taking the time to focus on building relationships will naturally create a space that improves our quality of life (in all ways).

Marc Kushner

Kushner expresses how emotions mold your space just as much as the space molds your emotions, and that making community connections your number priority when designing will allow you to recreate the old meaning of architecture.


Featured photo taken at BCIT NE1, by Hunter Bergen.

Bergen is a second-year student of Architecture and Building Technology majoring in Building Science; striving to learn more of the importance of working and designing with the environment, and how we can improve our techniques every day.

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