I remember the class being asked at one of our Part III lectures by the great John Cane (arbitrator & expert witness) “What is the purpose of being an architect”. Now Oxford Poly (Brookes now) was pretty arty and the answers where along the lines:
“to create exciting spaces…”
“to interplay the areas of light and shade”
“to create an environment that responds to the user”
You get the idea.
The lecturer’s answer was more straightforward:
“The purpose of you being an architect is stop prevent any offspring getting green and wrinkly through malnutrition”
Architects sometimes forget this. Beyond the beauty and ‘exciting’ projects is a business and in maintaining that business sometimes you’ll need to be a little ruthless and if not a little mercenary.
Just think of the offspring …