Message - Who is the Best Architect?

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Posted by  Melissa Lewis on April 08, 2004 at 08:42:09:

Architecture is a profession not a contest, but that said we discuss Architects in the same way we discuss attorney's in terms of Who's Who. Terry L. Walker, AIA is listed in the National registers Who's Who in Small business and Professions and although not well known to the media he is clearly one of the best Architects im the United States at any price. He is a secret shared among wealthy patrons of the architectural profession and his work is often unpublished because such clients appreciate privacy. it is not unusual to find his work on the small remote privately owned islands of the Puget Sound.

Architecture is not a popularity contest but a technically demanding profession. Not all clients commission publishable works. Walker's work is significant because most of what is being touted today as sustainable architecture arises from his pioneer efforts. Walker was a Passive Solar Architect and student dedicated to a pragmatic architecture in the 1970's.

Low voltage lighting for example, now in widespread use was predicted and first used in residential projects by Walker in the 1970's along with appliances that would run on 12 volt DC systems driven by photovoltaic collectors and small hydro generators. Another example is computerized control of architectural systems, audio video systems, security and life support systems and lighting systems, all pioneered by Walker a generation ago.

His current projects are brethtaking, breaking new ground in residential architecture. Today Mr. Walker practices in the Northwestern United States and his clients include some of the worlds wealthiest people. His voice here in this forum is of great value to us all.

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