11 Apr 2016

Dear Future Architects — Remember Then

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A time capsule is a treasure left today for a generation tomorrow.
–It’s insight
–it’s artifact
–it’s knowledge
–it’s history

All of us either intentionally or inadvertently leaves a footprint for the next generation to follow. If I can’t be here 100 or 200 years from now to share my hope for future architects of the world here’s what I hope they remember…

Dear future architects,

All architects want to live beyond their deaths — Philip Johnson

There’s much I want to share with you, but even more i want you to learn on your own. Study old school architects. Study what we created before you and those before us because we’ve created spectacular solutions but we’ve also made mistakes and you can learn equally well from both.

A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only plant vines — Frank Lloyd Wright

First do no harm. I extracted this excerpt from the Hippocratic (medical) oath but it’s equally relevant to you. You have an immense responsibility to the public and the earth. Every project you create has the potential to enhance or degrade life and the planet. Respect the code designed to protect your owners and occupiers. Create site-specific architecture that partners with the land. Develop built solutions that resuscitate our environment or what I call CPRconserve, preserve, reserve our natural and man-made resources. Your successes and your mistakes will outlive you.

Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Water is your most important resource. Add water collection to your design strategy for every project regardless the scale or purpose. Devise solutions to capture every ounce of rainwater or recycle water and use it for consumption and landscape – preferably some form of vegetable and fruit garden. Your life and future lives depend on it.

Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words — Arthur Brisbane

Sketch a lot. Sketching is the ultimate communication. Communicating with your client, colleagues, community and contractors is paramount to successful projects. Keep your service “human” because the human element makes architecture real.

That is the reason you go to college, not to make more money, but to gain the knowledge to make this a better world.” — Sambo Mockbee

Continuing education is an opportunity. Always keep learning. Architecture is a practice. We call “Architecture” a practice because each project makes us better. Also the moment you believe you are good you learn a humbling lesson.

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin — Mother Teresa

Above all else life is short. Do what you love, even if it’s not architecture.

an old school architect

Architalks Credits

This is another entry in Bob Borson’s blogging brain-child titled, “ArchiTalks”.

The #ArchiTalks goal is to inspire blogging architects with similar educational and professional requirements to opine on the same topic and simulpost their response so other architects and a broader audience can enjoy the rampant thought-diversity within the architecture profession

Select the links in “Architalks Entries” below to read how architects responded to the “Dear Future Architect…” topic.

image credits:

  • mine
Architalks Entries

Enoch Sears – Business of Architecture (@businessofarch)
Dear Future Architects: A Confession

Bob Borson – Life of An Architect (@bobborson)

Marica McKeel – Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)
Dear Future Architects: 4 Perspectives

Lee Calisti, AIA – Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
dear future architects

Evan Troxel – Archispeak Podcast / TRXL (@etroxel)
Dear Future Architects

Lora Teagarden – L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
Dear Future Architects: 3 letters

Jeremiah Russell, AIA – ROGUE Architecture (@rogue_architect)
future architects: #architalks

Jes Stafford – MODwelling (@modarchitect)
Dear Future Architect, Listen Here

Eric T. Faulkner – Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
Dear Future Architect — Remember Then

Michele Grace Hottel – Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
“Dear Future Architects,”

Meghana Joshi – IRA Consultants, LLC (@MeghanaIRA)
Dear Future Architects..

Michael Riscica – Young Architect (@YoungArchitxPDX)
Dear Future Young Architects… Please Quit Screwing Around!?!!

Stephen Ramos – BUILDINGS ARE COOL (@sramos_BAC)
Dear Future Architects: Don’t makes these 4 Mistakes

brady ernst – Soapbox Architect (@bradyernstAIA)
Dear Boy in the Plastic Bubble,

Brian Paletz – The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
Dear Future Architects

Michael LaValley – Evolving Architect (@archivalley)
Dear Future Architects, Be Authentic

Emily Grandstaff-Rice – Emily Grandstaff-Rice FAIA (@egrfaia)
Dear Future Architects…

Anthony Richardson – That Architecture Student (@anth_rich)
Dear Future Anthony

Drew Paul Bell – Drew Paul Bell (@DrewPaulBell)
Dear Future Architects, Do Your Thing

Greg Croft – Sage Leaf Group (@croft_gregory)
Dear Future Architect,

Jeffrey A Pelletier – Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
Dear Future Architects, Don’t Forget to Treat Your Clients with Respect

Kyu Young Kim – Palo Alto Design Studio (@sokokyu)
Dear Future Architects…

Jared W. Smith – Architect OWL (@ArchitectOWL)
Dear Future Architects…

Rusty Long – Rusty Long, Architect (@rustylong)
Dear future architects, never lose your optimism

Keith Palma – Architect’s Trace (@cogitatedesign)
Dear future architects, are you credible?

Keith Palma – Architect’s Trace (@cogitatedesign)
Dear future architects, are you credible?

Adam Denais – Defragging Architecture (@DefragArch)
Dear Future Architect, a Letter to My Younger Self

Jim Mehaffey – Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
Dear Future Architects…

Ken Saginario – Twelfth Street Studio ()
Dear Future Architects…

About the Author

Your Architect is Eric Faulkner -- an architect licensed in Texas & Oklahoma with 29 years experience in design, construction observation and life.