Posted by Peter on November 06, 2002 at 08:03:37:
In Reply to: Re: Where did architects go wrong? posted by d on November 06, 2002 at 07:45:35:
History of housing here in the US over the 19th and early 20th would be an interesting side trip. Any offerings? Here is what I gather.
Out in the west: kits (imported parts (post railroad) and designs based on architectural styles originating in England and the east--were built by local craftsman without the aid of architects in most cases. So the Victorian, Stick and shingle designs were spread around by builders.
There just hasn't been from that point an economy that would afford an architect for every building (that's my guess). There weren't enough architects to go around and those who might take the lower profit jobs were probably the same ones least capable of marketing and managing the work. "House designers", those who do not (and often could not) pretend to be "architects" took any design work that was left over. Some of these became builders or associated with builders. Some were eventually awarded Architect LIcences when the law became more exacting about who was an architect.
Currently most housing is done by bulding corporations that may or may not have a trained architect on staff. These architects have a special niche and approach to mass produced styles and architecture. (Whether or not you like their results.)
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