Architects to Potential Clients: You Were Young Once Too!


By Steve Delahoyde Comment


An interesting piece by way of Things Magazine, from the Telegraph, “Time To Give Our New Architects a Break,” which lays out a bunch of famous examples to the contrary, saying it isn’t always necessary to give the big-time projects to only those individuals and firms who have been in the business for decades. Here’s a couple of said examples:

Some of the most iconic buildings of the past century were the work of relative beginners whose talent shone through in open competition. In 1957, Jorn Utzon had completed only a couple of housing schemes in his native Denmark when he won the commission for the Sydney Opera House.

In 1995, London-based Foreign Office Architects were less experienced still when they secured the $200 million International Port Terminal in the Japanese city of Yokohama. At that point, the firm had been running for only two years and had yet to complete a building.