The architect

'They always look neat, the rimmed glasses, a controlled stylishness, tidy, sharpened pencils, ideally 2B. They're really unhappy not being able to implement.' 'Architects claim they can see in three dimensions, so they think they have a monopoly on building cities.' 'They draw and create designs and underneath this there is the assumption that if these are thrilling then that's fine as they judge things aesthetically - they are not very concerned about how things work.' 'One manifestation of architects is their desire to be different.' 'They like to make statements about themselves.' 'People often moan about architects - they say they go off on their own. Part of the problem is understanding that you need to keep up with them and make more demands.' 'Architects' creativity needs to be harnessed - they need to understand the overall vision of the place, to see the bigger picture beyond just their building. We need better briefing and control.' 'Too often people think you need a showman, but for many jobs you need the basics - [for example] the mending of places. Thus, more architects need to be into small-scale interventions.' 'Architects see themselves as artists, they think the visual thing is the most powerful tool, although some are very into the technical aspects. That may be true, but many others can also draw, or a person with a fine feel for cities could ask someone to draw something on their behalf.' 'If drawing is seen as the main skill for building a city, this means that anyone with a social feel for how cities work has nothing to say or no power.' 'The slightly overblown sense that architects have of themselves is that historically they were so often the overall impresario, especially when the notion of planning permission came into being.' 'Whose know-how now is actually building the building? Large parts are invented by companies doing all the component bits, which you buy off the shelf. In the past the architects did more. You don't design anymore - you choose the doors or windows, even though the architect tries to put it all together.' 'Architects tend to think of themselves as having a godlike power. They have the moral high ground.' 'They believe they understand everything, like how cities work. They have solutions to understand things, like master-planning, innately.' 'How much harder is it for the community development worker with no understanding of planning and architecture to get their oar in?' 'They think they should be dominant -at present they are, but it is not axiomatic that they should be. You need hybrids of knowledge to make places - geographers, planners and so on.' 'You can see the dominance thing in terms of urban design - this is fought over. Architects claim only they should be doing it - it's implicit in what they know, but in fact a battle is going on.' 'Architects say they are good at lateral thinking, but now they also need to learn to be finishers and to listen to others.' 'But I fret that my own profession is extremely narrow.' 'In terms of public sector architects, you feel they feel frustrated, that they ought to be in private practice. In part this is driven by the image others put on you - you are here because you aren't good enough for the private sector. People think that a stronger personality and flair is necessary for that.' 'The best public architects have had to create a different narrative along the lines of "I may not have that much flair but I do know how to do functional buildings well, to budget and on time."' 'Landscape architects are really a derivation of the architects, but they also have an environmental interest - they are more ecological, more modest, less showy, and more sensitive.'

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