Architects Work From Home: Ar. Love Choudhary explores the new normal
“One must have a balance between working from home and personal life, such as reading a book, listening to music or meditating. A definite place of work should be chosen for better productivity while constant communication with the team offers a better understanding of the problem.”
– Ar. Love Choudhary, Principal Architect, AND Studio, New Delhi
The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected the architecture and design industry and has resulted in a delay in ongoing and future projects. No sourcing of materials, no physical inspection, and missed project deadlines in many cases have incurred huge losses. Today, we share the insights of Ar. Love Choudhary, Principal Architect, AND Studio, New Delhi.
With the World Health Organisation announcing the Covid-19 as a pandemic, organizations have long taken the crucial decision of a work-from-home policy to ensure the well-being team of their teams. We had asked our employees to carry their computer systems home to easily access the software, and actual task sheets with specific responsibilities and duties are set down for each working day. Emails, video conferences, and instant messaging applications are used to communicate meetings with clients and task details.
The work-from-home policy is challenging for architects and designers as our entire work depends on discussions, teamwork, and coordination. The absence of these factors leads to miscommunication in design, challenges in the procurement, and selection of material and physical presence. Working from home can distract employees, and we have implemented various strategies to ensure a positive outcome.
One must have a balance between working from home and personal life, such as reading a book, listening to music, or meditating. A definite place of work should be chosen for better productivity while constant communication with the team offers a better understanding of the problem. Work-from-home makes it difficult to communicate with each detail of your task, which affects coordination and working relationships as a team. At the same time, task sheets are updated at the beginning, and discussions are systematically done at a certain time. We discuss our achievements at the end of the day and finish off with a fun activity.
Life won’t be easy after the pandemic, as job opportunities will increase in the government sector due to sustain human life. The government would be extensively working on civic projects such as hospitals and medical institutions with fully-equipped services to handle future pandemics.