'Don't copy another architect's works.
Find out what are the easily available building materials in the area where people want you to build and use them...
See how the locals, the earlier builders used their own local materials and 'learn from them'.
See how you can make patterns & designs with local materials.
Get to know your client (if he has one - his family also) and see that you design for them what is in keeping with their wishes and hopes.
Don't cover everything with cement plaster. Use the local materials and let them be the basics for your design and concstruction methods.
Explain to your clients about why & what you are doing for him. If he merely only wants to 'show off' - then it is not worth working for him.'