A pioneer in the field of research on creativity generally and architects specifically, Donald W. MacKinnon, conducted groundbreaking research on the characteristics of creative individuals. His work sought to define what is generally true of creative persons based on their personality traits and environmental influences in youth, define fields of creativity, and compare the most creative of those within the field of architecture to those who possessed less creative ability. The findings of MacKinnon's research have had far-reaching effects for talent development and gifted education.

Research on Architects

To determine who was creative, MacKinnon and his colleagues first had to define a concept of creativity. In their view, true creativeness had to meet three conditions: novelty of thought or action, adaptive to reality (i.e., able to solve ...

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