Posted by Jim on August 05, 2003 at 12:12:19:
In Reply to: is this a problem? posted by Sameep on August 01, 2003 at 10:28:32:
Sameep, what you are experiencing is NOT unique, but to be expected in this day and age when architecture -- as with all else -- is subject to MONEY, and in this case, BIG MONEY. Americans may be the most materialistic people on earth, but they did not invent money or the I-love-money 'culture;' they merely enjoy it the most! In a sense therefore, your school is preparing you for the real life of a commercial architect in today's world: a man torn between trying to make money in order to live, while confronting the conflicting demands of clients, local building laws and officials, materials prices and restrictions, impossible 'deadlines' and arrogant contractors who don't give a hoot about artistry. And architecture, like the other applied arts, is always one of competition with other architects and designers/builders in the realm of daily practical concerns and costs. A painter, someone in the fine arts, may only have to be concerned with the costs of paint and canvas, but the architect must confront a vast mountain of details which means that the SUCCESSFUL architect is a Salesman, Designer with engineering competence, Politician in dealing with the governments, Psychologist in dealing with the clients, and Prospector in finding affordable sources that deliver the materials he needs when he needs them. And you thought it was all sheer artistry? Your professors at school may lead you to believe that, but do not be deluded: it is a hard grind being an architect, but how many other jobs offer even a smidgent of creativeness?? VERY FEW. So, if you have lots of energy, a love of art no matter how assinine the clients and officials, a decent talent for engineering, and a very good business instinct, you might just make it in architecture. But will you ever stop being tired? No way.
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