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Posted by  Rog the Dodge on February 23, 2003 at 09:58:40:

In Reply to:  architecture wars posted by sven on February 22, 2003 at 23:26:18:


The main thing is to know what you want, learn as much as you can about it and go for it. But it really all depends on you. You may be forntunate to find an employer who respects your skills and knowledge and who enables you to achieve your aim. Don't count on it though. You may be required to put out a lot more, including starting your own business, to make your dreams come true.

Your choice of work sector does suggest the current 'glamour' end of architectural practice where design in the abstract is its own satisfaction. I think you need to come to some understanding in your own mind about the major inherent conflict in architecture which seem to be implied in your query (I hope I haven't misunderstood you): do we satisfy our own ends as architects or do we satisfy our clients' ends or do we, and this seems to be the ideal, do we manage the difficult tight-rope act of achieving both.

Your choices here are critical. At the end of the day satisfying your own design ego may have short-term benefits but it ultimately cuts you off from what's real. Satisfying your client to the exclusion of all else means abandoning any principles, moral or otherwise, you might have formulated and makes you a pawn. Achieving a balance, seems to me, is what all architects should aim for.

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