Architecture and Ego: The Architect’s Unique Struggle With “Good” Design

Michael LaValley is an n.y.-state registered architect, career strategist and blogging entrepreneur. His blog, Evolving Architect, helps creative professionals to channel their passions for architecture and design into successful careers. “There is always temptation to impose one’s own design, one’s own way of thinking or, even worse, one’s own style. I believe, instead, that a light approach is needed. Light, but without abandoning the stubbornness that enables you to put forward your own ideas whilst being permeable to the ideas of others.” — Renzo Piano, 1998 Ego: noun | ˈēgō 1. A person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance Public Perception of the Architect There seems to be a lingering stereotype that follows the architect in the public’s perception. I get the sense that many think we’re all snooty know-it-alls that wear black from head to toe and who insist our opinions are worth more than their weight in gold. But is that all we are as architects? I mean some of us are (just kidding), but what are we doing to change this point of view? Architecture and ego don’t always see eye to eye. Sometimes one is fueled by the energy of the other. Other times, one will take ...
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