Give It A Whirl

Good taste, I am convinced, can be acquired through environment and education; the eye can be disciplined to differentiate between good and bad by a constant looking process.

-Stanley Marcus

I hate when starchitects give us a bad name…

26. November 2013

Here’s the deal, just because a building is done by a certain someone, does not mean it’s good.  Just because someone might be a licensed architect, doesn’t make them suitable to design either.  And, just because there are bad architects and designers, doesn’t mean all of us are bad… This article might have me all fired up.

Being an architect is a major balancing act.  We can be seen as narcissists, and truthfully, far too many are.  But, there are some of us, that aren’t out in the world designing for our own benefit and our own name… We recognize the past and its importance.  We understand that architecture is like the wheel, there’s really no point in re-inventing it (ahem, modernists…) Yes, improvements can always be made, but a building’s purpose isn’t to seek individualism, just as an architect’s purpose isn’t fame.  In its most simplistic form, we are problem solvers.  We are trying to help you, us, everyone.  We must take into consideration the environment, the individual, the city regulations, the state regulations, the interior designer, the contractor, the budget, the engineers… We are a part of a team.  A part to a whole.  Just as a building is a part to a whole city.  Architects and individuals commissioning for individualism are just straight up selfish.  Architecture should NEVER be selfish.  Architecture is a marriage of firmitas, utilitas, and venustas.  And now I’ve gotten all worked up and am rambling…

/end rant.


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