Posted by Donald on March 09, 2004 at 18:57:34:
In Reply to: A pretty basic question...Why are you all choosing Architecture as your major / profession? posted by Fred Cheung on March 09, 2004 at 17:46:48:
When you chose a particular kind of work, you are selecting a part of the business world that you find attractive and believe would offer the best opportunity for the gainful employment of your unique talents. You are chosing an occupation. For some people, this first choice is sufficient and they follow their chosen occupation for fourty to fifty productive years, developing their talents to a fine degree and marketing them for staisfying monetary rewards. Indeed the standard of living you presently enjoy as a citizen of HK is largely the result of such an application of talents.
For many people, an occupation alone is not sufficient; they want to do more than simply work at a chosen occupation. Some people believe that, in carrying out everyday work activities, service to others becomes more important than personal recognition or the accumulation of wealth. You will find persons with this outlook in all walks of life. Such persons have deep personal commitments to the well-being of humanity and believe strongly in their personal responsibility to serve this commitment.
This kind of personal outlook is a basic attitude required of those who enter theology, law, medicine, architecture, engineering, education, urban planning and other disciplines devoted to service humanity. Such disciplines are called the professions! Their hallmark is basic concern for people - their health, safety and welfare. This ideal is popularily referred to as "protection of public interest". And in my opinion, its an appreciation of the obligations and responsibilities that accompany this concern, that is essential to entering the profession of architecture.
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