Posted by bryan on September 18, 2003 at 06:24:16:
In Reply to: IS ARCHITECTURE JUST FOR RICH PEOPLE? posted by FRANCISCO IVAN BAUTISTA AMEZQUITA on August 20, 2003 at 15:06:50:
when you employ architects you are paying for their time and expertise. as they are in a market like any other service provider they will charge what they can get in that market. as the average person is then competing against industrial corprorations, government departments and other large businesses it is obvious who will get to have direct access to architects and other environmental design professionals.
some individuals perhaps will offer their time, etc to a particular cause or project that interests them or that they have a local connection to, but this is fairly rare. another way is for groups of people to band together to form a cooperative or association for a common project and share the costs. this is, I think, a much more common way that ordinary people have engaged with the construction process and design of their environment.
on the other hand many architects, though employed directly by a government agency or developer, will consider their real client to be the end user and will try to give the best result for them. as the end user is not known or involved in the design process this cannot give the best results but is better than designing purely for the market which is to say profit.
In a nutshell - architecture (environment design) is for everyone but architects are for those who can afford it
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