Posted by Steve on September 17, 2002 at 14:42:26:
In Reply to: Practicing Architecture in a collaborative environment posted by Chris on September 15, 2002 at 07:31:07:
"What experiences have you had working in a highly creative environment?" The most creative architectural environment I have worked in was an autocracy! Why? Because the great architects are uncompromising, and therefore keep control. As idealistic and appealing as it sounds, collaborative environments , if they are democratic ones, will not produce genius. Now most of the work here in the states is collaborative, and some firms are extremely so, working with developers, contractors, and consultants as equal partners. This can be a very exciting and enriching environment, but not one that produces the greatest work. That usually involves a singular vision and a guiding hand.
"What role did the philosophies and beliefs of the firm's principals have on that environment?" My current firm markets itself as highly collaborative, and we are quite good at listening and synthesising multiple agendas. It is very much part of our firm culture.
"How was creativity promoted and encouraged?" Creativity is a word worth examining. To me it means inventing. It is the autonomous component of the design process. While some of our work is mildly creative, it is rarely very inventive. The most creative area in our firm quite frankly is in marketing.
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