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48 he more I think about it the more I realise that one’s design is only as good as its implementation on site. Designs are often brilliant but if applied ineffectively on site, suffer the loss of their ingenuity. It is sometimes challenging to carry the initial concept through to the point of site hand-over, but bridging this gap may be more possible than we think. Many mistakes on site could be evaded if intimidation among the team members were to be eliminated. I have often wondered how many problematic matters would have been avoided had there not been fear of personalities or rank, and people had the liberty to ask questions instead. Communication and people skills are equally important in this regard and should be handled with patience and understanding in a firm and respectable manner. The key is to be approachable as a design professional, not only by one’s client but also by those working on the project. Perhaps a full attitude check would be a good thing to evaluate the calling versus desIgn Namibia June - August 2013 T the job and hopefully, in so doing, would bring it back to a place where others are affected positively by one’s style. Along with the above, also make sure the building personnel understand the plans and unique drawing language clearly. It would be a mistake to assume the person who will actually do what one intends, understands completely what one is trying to get across. Supply the building personnel with enough information so they can at least see or acknowledge what is to be accomplished. The probability, however, always exists that all mistakes on site will not be avoided, thus it is advisable to budget for these kinds of inaccuracies even before the project starts. This is not setting yourself up for failure, but rather making sure you have resources to fall back on, ensuring a more stress-free project while not compromising building personnel’s pockets. This having been said, visit the site as often as you can to ensure you stay on top of things and delegate each team member’s task to him clearly and repeatedly, theoretically as well as practically. Do not