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

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Posted by  Amila on May 22, 2003 at 06:53:33:

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

Dear Sir,

first of all thank you for the response and I must say, you did get right to the point. Sometimes, I wish I am attending a school like yours where I am able to face reality and learn from the "hands on experience", but most of the time I am glad being in school and experimenting into infinity. But I do feel that my fears are valid. Very soon I will be looking for a job and presenting my portfolio, and thanks to the school I am attending many doors will be opened (I hope). May be I am wrong but I am afraid that the market in the US is very much "conservative", where "sculpture" does not "fly". (I am cosidering going back to Europe) Few weeks ago I had a crit and my critics were principals of Hilliard, KPF and HOK (their comments were more than valid). But this happened only because I had a professor who is not a "visionary", but a man who is practising.On the other hand, my crits with "visionary" professors were not attendend by anyone but the staff of Cooper Union. Do not get me wrong, I am not in the field simply to make money (I would have gone into law), but it does make me wonder and worry about my future. It is easy to say "screw" corporate world, I will take a different path,do my thing and hope that one day I will be able to build what I want. But I am afraid that reality (at least in the US, NYC at least) is different. I do look at Arch. as Art, but Art in which we live in, and if one is building for the masses, then I am afraid one has to take into consideration that fact. I am not against the visionary approach perhaps during 1st and 2nd year, but not later on. I cannot show up for my thesis review with something that cannot stand in reality (not that I would, but...). Yes, it comes down to my ability to design both, and I am happy that I can do that, but if I am trained to do "sculpture" and nothing but sculpture (just put a beam here and there, that is my structure) I am afraid that I am being "crippled". The easiest thing is to drop out, since I have friends who did drop out in their 3rd year because they felt we did nothing concrete, and who ended up transfering to Pratt, Rice or what else. And there are some like you said who struggle on their own, trying to become stars themselves or who have moved on to another, more lucrative profession... And still others, go on to be pure artists.
All I can say is thank you, and I have to go to design alternate ending of "the Matrix", and my site is Upper West Side of NYC. (at least 40 blocks)... :)


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