Posted by Jim on July 05, 2003 at 11:42:18:
In Reply to: Re: we're NOT dogs. or are we? posted by Richard Haut on July 04, 2003 at 02:47:23:
Richard unintentioally brings up what is one of the key factors to succeed in architecture: EGO. The belief so much in one's self that no amount of disagreement or discouragement can diminish one's conviction that he has what the world needs, is crucial to withstand the bufferings of some bad winds of the economies of the nations, but also the 'bufferings' one will get from colleagues who are more opposers/competitors than any one with a collegial, 'fellow-feeling' mentality. If you do not firmly believe in you, no one else will. Most people are sheep easily bent to the will of others, so a 'great' architect is one who, like Frank Lloyd Wright said when someone menitoned his chief critic Mies Van Der Rohe, "Mies who??" He was feigning ignorance to show his contempt for anyone not in sympathy with his visions. Mies VDR, of course, had visions of the Bauhaus as a worshiper of 'Corbu.' To succeed as an architect one must be a consummate businessman first and foremost, then a competent engineer, have good financial backing, know many influential people who might steer a commission your way, and finally have at least a modicum of artistic talent, though gauging by many of today's buildings, artistry has little to do with it. Most of all, you need enduring ego to seem unassailable, and to BE unassailable! No great architect was ever a monument to humility, and the world despises that quality in general, so if you believe in God-pleasing humility, Godly righteousness, and absolute Truth, then architecture is NOT where you will succeed. On the other hand, if you believe in the opposite of such things, then you will probably succeed in most any career today, even architecture.
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