‘Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.’ – Frank Gehry
Timeless architecture that responds to its context should be a goal for architects when designing buildings but architecture is so much more. Creating architecture and being architects requires a Holistic approach.
“The ideal architect should be a person of letters, a mathematician, familiar with historical studies, a diligent student of philosophy, acquainted with music, not ignorant of medicine, learned in the responses of jurisconsults, familiar with astronomy and astronomical calculations.”— Vitruvius, circa 25 BC
The term Architect is derived from the Greek term meaning “head builder”. Arkhitekton was used to describe the leading stonemason of the ancient Greek temples of around 500 B.C. – Arkhi meaning head, chief or master and Teckton meaning worker or builder.
One may recall some of history’s greatest buildings when the original role of the architectural practice was the ‘Master Builder’ who was the planner, designer, drafter, engineer and superintendent. Many of these cathedrals, castles and spectacular buildings are still standing today.
In modern times a team of professionals is required to carry out the full scope and delivery of such buildings and the role of an architect is often limited to design and documentation.
Despite offering the typical modern day services of an architect, we believe that the architectural practice or Architect should be the ‘Project Leader’ and embrace the once upon a time role of the architect.
Therefore, we also offer services which take on this Project Management role and either through in house specialists or sub consultant affiliates we ensure a successful building via a successful process.
Form follows function – that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union. – Frank Lloyd Wright
This holistic approach to architecture comes out in the end product is not only a union between form and function but cost, timing and pursuit for longevity also.
Chahid Kairouz – 2010