The nature of the architectural profession is changing, and with recent global and economic realities, it has become ever more pressing to reevaluate the role of the architect in our modern society. The profession must adapt to survive; we must differentiate ourselves from the world of the developer in order to maintain the high level of quality and design that used to be synonymous with the word “architecture.” What this means is that the architect must reestablish his role as artist, and create spaces that have artistic value for the individuals within the space, as well as for the immediate surroundings, both built and natural. The concept of the architect-artist is not a new one; in the 1980’s architects like Bernard Tschumi, Zaha Hadid, and Peter Eisenman, to name a few, developed two and three dimensional compositional studies to explore the larger theoretical foundations of their buildings. Not only were these pieces requisites of good design, but were statements in and of themselves.1 These designers recognized the intrinsic value of art, but also, more importantly, realized that the duty of the architect is to create in a way that stimulates dialogue and moves the larger ides and discussion–the narrative–of our built environment into new, innovative territory.
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