Posted by Richard Haut on June 11, 2003 at 05:53:05:
In Reply to: Future in architecture? posted by MJE on June 10, 2003 at 20:42:34:
the difficulty, and where much of the negativity comes from, is that architecture - as with many aspects of society - is going through very big changes in some countries.
perhaps the most dramatic effects are being seen in Britain because it is a country where costs increasingly spiral, whereas rewards diminish.
this is a short-term phenomenon (for obvious arithmetical reasons) but it does mean that for the new generation of architects, such as yourself, people will need to be more realistic.
the work exists and has to be paid for because modern societies need buildings. Therefore you have, in effect, answered the question yourself - you see architecture as something in which you are interested, are clearly prepared to work at, and want to be a way of earning a living.
Ridiculous though it sounds, there are many older members of the profession who have never fully accepted that. It is the air of unreality which has caused the current difficulties.
Good clients want and need good professionals, and they expect to pay them properly. Architects who behave as Arthur Andersen did in accounting deserve the Enron-style clients that they get and all the trouble that follows.
Nobody pretends that it is an easy option - but you didn't ask that it should be. I think that it is your realism (i.e. common sense) which will give you a good and rewarding career.
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