Letter to the Editor> Together Again

LAWRENCE W. SPECK AND OTHERS GET DOWN TO THE COLLABORATIVE BUSINESS OF ARCHITECTURE. (COURTESY PAGESOUTHERLANDPAGE)

LAWRENCE W. SPECK AND OTHERS GET DOWN TO THE COLLABORATIVE BUSINESS OF ARCHITECTURE. (COURTESY PAGESOUTHERLANDPAGE)

[Editor's Note: The following are reader-submitted comments in response to a back-page comment written by Lawrence W. Speck (“TogethernessAN 01_11.06.2013_SW), which called on the architecture profession to regard its creations as collaborative efforts, rather than the products of solo geniuses. Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions or sentiments of the newspaper. AN welcomes reader letters, which could appear in our regional print editions. To share your opinion, please email editor@archpaper.com]

I am sorry to say that architects do NOT make buildings! To identify the field of architecture as an Industry leads to the inevitable subordination of architecture not as an intellectual pursuit capable of a transformative role in society to one of simply propping up the Status Quo.

Architecture is a social art therefore not controlled by the hand of the artist/architect in isolation but this idea of architects as part of an industry is sadly true for most architecture practiced in the USA.

Carlos Brillembourg Tamayo
Carlos Brillembourg Architects

Wonderful article, particularly the point about starting with the schools. ASLA’s annual student awards program features a Student Collaboration category where entries are required to be the work of multidisciplinary teams. The landscape architecture students not only recruit students from other design disciplines, but often engage students studying biology, hydrology, IT, cartography, public health, humanities, etc., to be on their teams. Year after year, our awards juries remark on the consistent strength of the entries in this category compared to the other six categories.

Ann Looper Pryor
Publisher, Landscape Architecture Magazine

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