|Re: architecture||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: JoycePlath (JoycePlathaol.com)|
|Date: Wed, 3 May 95 23:35 CDT|
Does a masters in architecture and sixteen years of practice but no licence count in your challenge? I am the designer, chief developer, and burning soul for Marsh Commons in Arcata California. I don't want to argue that all work done by architects is terrific but I must say that most houses I see designed by owners or contractors lack good traffic patterns, solar orientation, creative solutions to lighting problems, appropriate site planning and much more. I am certain that our group could not have come up with a plan that took advantage of our views and sunshine, provided large and small gathering places as well as generous transitions between private and community territories, solved some difficult natural lighting problems, developed building sections that will be fun to live in and make our modest homes feel bigger, and transformed a very ugly industrial building into a handsome common building, without imput from a design professional. In fact without my imput as a designer the site would never have been purchased because it took a practiced vision to see its transformation from a run down truck shop with a large gravel parking lot into a special place to live. Along the way the group process certainly made significant input. I am not a primadonna, our design is the result of all our efforts but to imagine that we would have as successful a project without someone without a lot of architectural experience is just not very likely. I don't think the critical issue is formal architectural training but experience at design and site planning surely must not be dismissed so easily. To do it well person or group needs more than a set of guidelines or principles. Joyce Plath, Marsh Commons
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