Message - Re: What is it that makes architects famous?

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Posted by  steveA on June 30, 2003 at 12:44:46:

In Reply to:  Re: What is it that makes architects famous? posted by peter on June 27, 2003 at 01:58:57:

Artists are the Heros of our time! Everyone wants to be an artist, or to at least know one...or live near one...."Be careful what you say...he is a great artist you know...". It used to be the physician. In ancient Greece it was the philosopher. A little later, the orator. But today everyone wants to be an artist, and a famous one at that, because what good is it being an artist if people don't know?
Forgive my cynicism above, but I believe as Hani does: become an architect if you love making things. If buildings intrigue you, whether they are masterpieces or not, then maybe architecture is for you. If you have an urge to create, even if within the bounds of economic , legal, or other constraints, then maybe consider architecture (and aren't those the conditions where real genius can be evaluated?) If you go into it to be famous, or make a lot of money, you have chosen the wrong reasons.
The answer to the question is that if an architect can do it all well and break some new ground beyond what is fashionable, and be lucky enough to be recognized by those who evaluate architecture...then maybe fame of some sort can be achieved.

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