The strength of a good design lies in ourselves and in our ability to perceive the world with both emotion and reason. A good architectural design is sensuous. A good architectural design is intelligent. - Peter Zumthor, Thinking Architecture
This week the Architectural Book Club got together to discuss Thinking Architecture by Peter Zumthor. One of the side discussions that developed was whether it was possible to design architecture without a client. Or maybe the question was whether architecture could be successful without a real client. Apparently Zumthor requires complete control of his design projects with very little client interaction.
I don't have a good answer to those questions above, but I will say that all of the architecture I have been a part of has involved a client.
Architecture is a service industry. And as an architect one of my biggest goals is to please my clients. I guess you could say I aim to please. And it's not always easy. In fact in many cases it is an extreme challenge.
Architecture is hard man!
One of my favorite times is at the beginning of a project, when we first start design. I also enjoy those first couple meetings with brand new clients. There are so many unknowns. Every project has a certain level of artistic invention find it very exciting. And the first time we present the project, the words I am hoping those clients will say is:
I like it.
That's all. I like it. That simple three word phrase is all I need to gain the confidence to move forward.
I like it.
This post is my contribution to this month's #ArchiTalks blog series. This month each blogger was asked to respond to the question of My Three Favorite Words. I hope you will check out the responses of my talented blogging buddies.