I know a lot of skilled architects who know what great architecture is - and really appreciate it - but can't create it. They have many skills, lots of talent, and deep knowledge, but lack some essential capabilities that are required to be a well rounded architect. They usually play an important if specialized role on a team, in a larger firm. Their contributions to the profession are often exceptional within the range of their capabilities.
I don't have the skills to create music, at any level. But hooo, boy, do I appreciate it. Music is a hugely important part of my life, and I am so grateful to the tremendous range of talents that enrich my daily life, in the studio, in the kitchen, on the road...
Kahn claimed we live to express. I think that is true, but I think we also live to experience expression. That we recognize it when we experience it, when it resonates within us as True. We don't have to understand it.
Author: Sam Rodell
Sam has been practicing as an award winning architect for over thirty years, and has also built many of his clients' projects. He is currently licensed to practice architecture throughout most of the western United States and Canada, and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) which expedites registration in other states and provinces. He was the first Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) architect in eastern Washington and northern Idaho.