John Wardle

"To each project, irrespective of type, we bring an interest in the personal and collective histor...

Vo Trong Nghia

"In areas with many rocks I will design works with stone; in areas with pretty coloured clay I will...

Gregory Burgess

"In a way our buildings are ourselves. Their gestures to the world reflect our human responsiveness...

David Salmela

"Design is about making great things happen in any situation, regardless of the constraints.” A...

Jun Aoki

"Selves are nothing more than chains of accidental occurrences." Architect: Jun Aoki Project:...

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Sayings Worth Quoting, Quotations Worth Sharing


"Architects perform a service for their clients to build and it’s the architect’s job to bring art and innovation to every design as much as possible."

- David Schwarz


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Do you ever wonder what is the primary role of architecture? Is it art or service? Which comes first? According to David Schwarz, a Washington based award-winning architect, the main task of an architect is to “perform a service for their clients to build and it’s the architect’s job to bring art and innovation to every design as much as possible.

Clearly, architecture is the one art that cannot exist without a patron. Architects were once the “servants” of the affluent patrons of the arts - architecture was built for the sole pleasure of the very few aristocrats.  However, as the world’s economic landscape began to alter at the turn of the 20th century, so did architecture. And it didn’t take long for architecture to fall under the ambit of capitalist domination. Architecture soon became a commodity that only the rich could afford again.

As with any ideology, there is always a downside to it. The problem with capitalism is that wealth is amassed by the few wealthy at the top resulting in poverty for those at the bottom. The disparity in distribution of wealth in recent time is of significant concern where 80 percent of the world's wealth is controlled by only 5 percent of the population!

So what does that imply? It simply means that the remaining 95% of the world’s population have no access to an architect’s service. (Although there are no clear indications on what level of income is required to support architectural services, the World Bank statistics indicate that over 5 billion people - over 85% of the world population - have income levels below $9,000 per annum.)

Nevertheless in recent years, we have seen a growing interest in the cause of the underprivileged section of the society - with an increasing number of architects devoting their personal time to working for the “public good” and also with the introduction of civic professionalism in many architecture schools of late, whereby architecture students are taught not only the required technical know-how of the profession, but also a sense of service to society.

Architecture can be a powerful tool to affect social change. If the architecture profession hopes to gain public respect and recognition then its going to have to start looking beyond monetary reward and to make its presence felt among the masses.

(Note: I find this studio project - or - which is currently being undertaken by a group of students at the University of Strathclyde is worthy of mentioning here. Do visit their website for a more in-depth look at what is in store for the people of Rwanda.)

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"Negative capability is a positive capacity."

-  Steven Holl

UrbanismsAuthor: Steven Holl

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (November 4, 2009)

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Glenn Murcutt

Dealing with authorities can be a daunting task at times. I think our profession can do away with less bureaucratic constraints and procedures. After all, we are the ones who carry the burden of liability and not them.

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Andree Putman

Many of you may have heard of the term "boutique hotel" but does the name Andrée Putman ring any bells to you? The late Andrée Putman together with her clients, Steven Rubell and Ian Shraeger was largely responsible for introducing a revolutionary concept which at that time went against all conventions of a traditional hotel - Morgans Hotel is considered the first "boutique hotel" when it first opened for business in 1984.

Title: Andrée Putman, Global Interior Designer, Dies at 87



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Peter Cook

The ability to sketch is absolutely essential to architects. Freehand sketching remains an important aspect of being an architect even in the age of computer-generated technology. It doesn't cost much to own a sketchbook. So start sketching today!

Drawing: the motive force of architecture

Title: Drawing: the motive force of architecture

Author: Sir Peter Cook 

Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (June 17, 2008)

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"An architect knows something about everything. An engineer knows everything about one thing."

- Matthew Frederick

101 Things I Learned in Architecture School

Title: 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School

Author: Matthew Frederick

Publisher: The MIT Press; Third Printing edition (August 31, 2007)

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"Reading about architecture is good, looking at it is better... experiencing it is the climax."

- Luc Binst

Crepain Binst: ArchitectureAuthor: Dominique Pieters

Publisher: Lannoo Publishers (Acc) (October 17, 2007)

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Architecture Concepts: Red is Not a Color

Title: Architecture Concepts: Red is Not a Color

Author: Bernard Tschumi

Publisher: Rizzoli (October 30, 2012)

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