By Eleanor Jolliffe & Paul Crosby
Focusing on the practicalities of the profession and the intangible motivations behind design, this book provides a critical overview of 3000 years of architectural practice and education. The architect's role is constantly adapting. Throughout history it has shifted significantly, shaped by social, cultural, technological and economic forces. The definition of what an architect is and does has evolved over time from lead builder or master mason to principal designer. A collaborative and reactive profession, it is inextricably linked to the power of the patron, whether the client is an influential and affluent individual or a political, commercial, civic or religious organisation. From Ancient Egypt, where architects were members of the ruling class, tied into the running of the empire, to the 21st century when questions are being raised about the future of the profession, this book explores the constant threads that remain as the profession adapts.
London, 2023, 21 x 17 cm, 256pp, illustrated, Paperback.