This is my contribution to this month’s ArchiTalks topic, “Style”
The other posts are linked below; you can also find them on Twitter by following the hashtag, #ArchiTalks.
We don’t live in an age with a prevailing style of Architecture. As a younger man this troubled me. In drawing and painting classes I had learned the importance of mimicking established artists. In art history classes we studied the architectural orders and how correct details were derived from following certain rules of proportion. My thesis design project manifested my close study and admiration of Alvar Aalto’s work. At that time I was a compliant soul, content to spend my early years learning the rules of a prevailing style, and to thereby establish my place in the profession.
I learned two things straight out of college; that a working career in Architecture had very little to do with design style, and even if it did – there was no prevailing style to mimic and master.
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I’ve adjusted well in the thirty-plus years since school. And I’m still a student of style, if not a practitioner of it. One of my favorite quotes on the topic is, “good artists copy, great artists steal.”
Good artists copy; great artists steal
The quote is attributed to several sources; such greats as Steve Jobs, Pablo Picasso, and William Faulkner (as this article shows). The fact that the quote has been artfully reused (“stolen”) repeatedly is proof of its validity, is it not?
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My current position does not allow for much attention to style. My side hustle however does.
As some of you know, I’ve been honing my writing skills in the past few years. I believe there’s an untapped market for well-crafted stories about our profession. I plan to start posing some short stories about architects and architecture later this year. Part of my learning has been the study of style – word choice, story structure, even publishing and marketing strategies have elements of style. I will keep you posted.
Bob Borson – Life of An Architect (@bobborson)
Lee Calisti, AIA – Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
Lora Teagarden – L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
The AREsketches Style
Collier Ward – One More Story (@BuildingContent)
Good Artists Copy; Great Artists Steal
Eric T. Faulkner – Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
Name That Stile!
Michele Grace Hottel – Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
Meghana Joshi – IRA Consultants, LLC (@MeghanaIRA)
Architalks : Style
brady ernst – Soapbox Architect (@bradyernstAIA)
What Style Do You Build In?
Brian Paletz – The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
You do you
Michael LaValley – Evolving Architect (@archivalley)
Defining an Architect’s Style
Jarod Hall – di’velept (@divelept)
What’s Your Style?
Greg Croft – Sage Leaf Group (@croft_gregory)
Jeffrey Pelletier – Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
Should You Pick Your Architect Based on Style or Service?
Samantha R. Markham – The Aspiring Architect (@TheAspiringArch)
5 Styles of an Aspiring Architect
Kyu Young Kim – J&K Architects Atelier (@sokokyu)
Loaded With Style
Nisha Kandiah – ArchiDragon (@ArchiDragon)
Regression or Evolution : Style
Keith Palma – Architect’s Trace (@cogitatedesign)
Jim Mehaffey – Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
What’s in a Style?
Mark Stephens – Mark Stephens Architects (@architectmark)
Architectalks 23 – Style