The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory documents and builds upon some of the most innovative developments in architectural theory over the last two decades. Bringing into dialogue a range of geographically, institutionally and historically competing positions, the book examines and explores parallel debates in related fields. The book is divided into eight sections. Creating openings for future lines of inquiry and establishing the basis for new directions for education, research and practice, the book organizes itself around specific case studies to provide a critical, interpretive and speculative enquiry into the relevant debates in architectural theory. A methodical, authoritative and comprehensive addition to the literature, the Handbook is suitable for academics, researchers and practitioners in architecture, urban geography, cultural studies, sociology and geography.
Chapter 24: Plural Profession, Discrepant Practices
Plural Profession, Discrepant Practices
Architects need to play a direct role in the policy-making in a community; once a decision has been made and handed to the architect, it's too late. After all, the role of any artist is to help people see things as they truly are. Samuel Mockbee (quoted in Seymour 2000, 27)
The How and the for Whom
In the past, the ‘how’ and the ‘for whom’ of architecture have been intimately related. Empirical studies of architectural firms show that the way architects are trained and work – the methodologies and tools they use, how they organize labour and pay structure, the size and location of an office, etc. – directly affects what they work on and who they work for ...