Well-informed clients come before fine architecture

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Well-informed clients come before fine architecture
A Carpenter works on a new home at a residential construction site in the west side of the Las Vegas Valley in Las Vegas / © Reuters
Well-informed clients come before fine architecture
A Carpenter works on a new home at a residential construction site in the west side of the Las Vegas Valley in Las Vegas / © Reuters

Designing even the simplest of buildings entails a long creative process, one that is in constant friction with reality; budgets, technical feasibility, building codes and building committees. Not to mention the architect having to fight off project managers who intervene in the design stage rather than sticking to what they know – implementation.

But often the most difficult of all the obstacles for the architect to overcome is the tastes and foibles of clients.

The outcome of this purgatory is, more often than not, as can be easily seen just looking around, mediocrity.

Architects must be able to justify their every move. This is because architecture is the art of prediction. Discussions between the architect and his client center around speculations regarding the future.

Everything the architect does is with the agreement of his client; their work is of a collaborative nature. For any building project to succeed, “chemistry” between the two, mutual trust, is absolutely essential. ….

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