Message - Re: Are we being "crippled" by visionary professors?

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Posted by  Richard Haut on May 20, 2003 at 06:04:34:

In Reply to:  Re: Are we being "crippled" by visionary professors? posted by John DeFazio on May 20, 2003 at 05:49:34:


I think that there is a cultural difference which affects this question - Americans generally (and certainly including architects) tend to be far more commercially aware than in the UK.

For an American architect to run their practice as a rational business is simply commonsense. That is not the case in Britain - and is not a matter of the profession, but of the culture generally.

Therefore when it is a question of commercial unreality the results will be disasterous. Young British architects are faced with a market place which, while nobody would pretend that people get an easy ride in the US, has become twisted against itself. It is based on artificial figures and influences, so that making rational decisions in order to live a normal working life become harder and harder.

That is why I believe many in the profession have retreated into their own familiar world. It may be the wrong response, but at least one can understand it.

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