In Design We Trust: 8 Architect-Politicians From Modern History

One of the many things demonstrated by the election of the latest U.S. president is that one need not be a career politician to get elected to high office. The fact that the world’s newest head of state is primarily a real estate developer and not a legislator has been interpreted by many political novices as a call to run for office, in hopes that expertise gained in other professions can be applied to governance. For architects, this line of reasoning is not without merit. The bulk of an architect’s working hours are spent coordinating various people’s efforts to contribute to a whole that’s greater than the parts they are providing. As a reminder of the influence being an architect can have on public service, here’s a rundown of architect-politicians from modern history that illustrate the capabilities the profession can bring to government. This list represents those who are arguably the most well known architect-politicians, which is why it's also important to note the range of these figures. From the humanitarian improvement of social housing to the blatant perpetration of horrendous war crimes, the profession's involvement in politics has had both positive and negative effects on the world. For today’s ...
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