The Architects Of Their Own Downfall

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Please excuse the cliché here, but architects are; the architects of their own downfall. August Schmarsow likens the role of the architect as similar to a conductor in an orchestra. ‘The conductors of space’. A quite romantic notion, but why has the trust diminished between client and architect? In the UK, for example, most clients are now seeking developers rather than employ an architect. To which there is certain logic, why employ an external body who will not only cost more, but may start to deploy their own ideas onto the scheme? Surely the client calls the shots because of their larger wallet? Here in lies the problem. Developers, Town Planners and Surveyors are all ‘number based’ professions, a series of calculations dictating spatial qualities and aesthetic appeal. How many bedrooms can we fit in, what is the cost of the project, what kind of profits can we make? All questions that the client will be more than content with when dealing with said professions. The architect is seen as the ‘rebel’ of the building profession; forever pushing limits to design, aesthetics, engineering and spatial quality. The architect brings a unique quality to the design team, a consideration for all aspects. Be that of scale, cost, materiality, spatial, detailing, servicing, romantics, social implications, theoretical aspirations. The list goes on and on. But this is the point; it is this ‘wide’ consideration that makes the architect a ‘disposable’ and superfluous piece of the design
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