Craftsmen or Simply Labor?

Working with a construction crew for the first time, I was shocked at their own helplessness when it came to make a decision! Yes, maybe as an Architect I should be blessed for this attitude of my crew, but the fact of the matter was that as this was my first time project, I was more relying on them and hoped that they would guide me more than the other way round.

But at certain times, they would simply be sitting around .. just waiting for me to come and then proceed. Example, my carpenter is good at what he does, and therefore it used to feel odd when I would see a 60-year-old man waiting for me, a 24-year-old, training to be an architect in the true sense, and asking me how a certain thing should be done.

This shocked me basically because I expected them to be experienced, and they are, then why would they be so conscious towards their craft. I mean they should not need my approval for their craft.. Whatever happened about being proud and certain about your work.. Why all of a sudden because we architects have appeared should they need our approval for their craft.. Yes I can design a certain thing.. But they should not be seeking my nod of the head to know that its good enough….

It seems that they have lost their pride in what they do because we the new breed of architects have arrived who are so much better than them.. and they are seemingly handing over to us this ego boost without any protest…

Do I even make any sense to anyone out there?