Posted by Donald on December 22, 2003 at 16:02:37:
In Reply to: Re: Its a great day to be alive! posted by Richard Haut on December 22, 2003 at 12:48:14:
By now YOU realize that if you chose a career in architecture, YOU really chose a career in creating our physical environment. With architectural training YOU will have the best possible qualifications to move throughout the entire sphere of the construction industry and the design professions. And as an architect, YOUR career potential is essentially a matter of choosing among many kinds of challenging opportunities...some being with buildings you may not take as being all that important...and some with clients you deem to be despising YOU??
All of us have a commitment to the protection of the public interest. That is, each of us as a citizen has a responsibility to uphold the law, to support our public institutions, and to conduct our personal affairs generally in a manner that does not injure our fellow citizens, and collectively protect their health, safety and general welfare.For the architect it is a concern for a functional, safe and pleasing environment.
But the architect does ont act alone in discharging these responsibilities. We depend upon others - clients - to present problems that require the exercise of our best judgement based on previousl training and experience. This is how we earn our fees. Characteristically then, the architect stands somewhere between the clients best interest and the public interest and has a responsibility to see a way that both are served. This is not an easy task. It often requires that the professional frankly advise the client that the problem cannot be solved without violating the public interest. Just as often, it will require that the architect defend the clients position and advocate a modification of a popularly held attitude or belief, or a change in the application of a public rule or regulation. Frequently, then, the architect will advise a client to make certain action based upon moral and technical issues that may have little or nothing to do with the amount of fee, the clients profit, or any other monetary issues involved.
Architects don't design buildings for people they despise, nor do architects want to work for free. Its a great day to be alive when we design buildings for people who will pay us and appreciate YOU for that. Cheers and Happy Holidays!
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