It is clear from the proportion and perfect symmetry that this is a example of what an architect can bring to a project, albeit a dead one. I don’t know if a live architect designed this actual house, but somewhere in ancient Rome and Greece dead architects have left timeless standards of beauty and grace that were successfully applied here.
Archive for October, 2011
The owners of the pink house have spent a lot of remodeling effort and money creating a phony model of the ill conceived brick builder house on the right. I know, real people don’t hire architects. If they did, though, maybe the public taste would venture, even a little, outside of the builder’s catalog. Instead we are encumbered with countless instances of the blind leading the blind.
TV buzzwords – in this case open concept – in the hands of an amateur often lead to terrible design. Indeed, if architects were on the project, there may never be another hamburger chute installed between a residential dining room and kitchen. This one would be good in a Denny’s. They come in all sizes and shapes and kitchen design places love them. More on these at some other time.
I was at a party talking with a woman who I had just met. She was lamenting all the time and travel required to select finishes for her brand new custom home. I asked her if she had hired an architect for the project. “Oh no,” she answered. When I followed up with the requisite, “why not?” She gave me a blank look and continued, “arn’t they expensive?” “How could an architect help with finishes?”
I didn’t bother to enlighten her.
I am an architect and real people don’t hire architects………? Of course I do get hired. It is just a hunch. I am also a medium everyday person who might show up in a grocery, car wash or library anywhere on the planet, in short, a real person. I have pondered the title question to the point of starting this blog. Historically an architect is someone, as am I, who designs and builds physical things. Today our world is full to bursting with buildings of every sort, yet the main architects in evidence are designing computer systems or political strategies. Have real architects gone into hiding?