Architects Vs. “Sculptor” Architects based on a conversation btw @WJMArchitect and @FrankCunhaIII

by Frank Cunha III

A conversation with a fellow Architect (you know who you are) led to the discussion of the separation of Architects who practice (everyday, ordinary) Architecture versus those elite who practice “Sculpture” Architecture.  It was his belief that the Sculpture Architects were provided a platform by the leaders of our most popular professional organization (you know who you are) that everyday Architects were not.  Why cater to the elite? Perhaps because they are the ones that have developed a formula to produce interesting works of art.

There is no doubt that these Sculpture Architects are important to the profession, but I believe his point was that our professional organizations need to convey to the public that Architects can assist them with the everyday design and construction problems that they encounter in their lives.  It is important that the public understand that Architects have licenses to design everything from garages to decks to home additions to churches, restaurants, stores, synagogues, mosques, churches, and office buildings.  It is frustrating for him (and us as a profession), that something so basic needs to be taught to our client base.  No other profession I can think of has to face this obstacle.

Educating one’s client is part of the job, but how many of us have had to explain to a client why they need an Architect (after the builder sent them our way).  It would be preferable to live in a culture and society that values professionals.  Not only would it make our jobs a bit easier, but it would also open the doors for us as design professionals to positively impact our communities.  I strongly urge the various professional organizations and media out there to consider the concept of promoting everyday Architecture as well as extraordinary Architecture.  In the end, the entire profession would be elevated and our contributions as designers would be seen as more meaningful for all those who would benefit.

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9 Comments on “Architects Vs. “Sculptor” Architects based on a conversation btw @WJMArchitect and @FrankCunhaIII”

  1. these would look great overlooking the ocean


  2. carey says:

    Nicely put. “Everyday Architecture” can improve quality of life via better design for the rest of us (non rock-stars) who live in the “everyday world”.


  3. Julie Hinecker says:

    I am VISUALIZING the TOP house BEACH Front in Huatulco, Mex! This House is Totally TROPICAL!


  4. JC Belt says:

    Both are equally important… Same is true in many other careers. No need for frustration 🙂


  5. imcinteriors says:

    Interior Designers face same sad uphill battle…it is indeed unfortunate. I consider us somewhat of an endangered species.


  6. Scot Masker says:

    But our reason for being as “Architects” and “Professionals” is to find the opportunity in the brief to benefit the user be that modest or elaborate (or even the poetry in brief!). Simple can be monumental. Funny, the examples used in the article are “Modernist”, one would not necessarily class them as sculptural, classical or traditional. Internally they could be very functional. It is not constructive to create class wars amongst us, our opportunities are those we make for ourselves. Sometimes you do not get all the chances you think you deserve. Strive for quality in build and design whatever your predisposition. Mahola!


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  9. […] The quote above from Lautner captures the essence of what Architects try to achieve. You can learn more about Lautner by clicking here for his biography. Great design is all about great purpose. Without a purpose Architecture is just a sculpture. Learn more about “Sculpture Architects” by clicking here. […]


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