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    Designing Houses

    by Michael J. Crosbie

    In the world of architecture, house additions, renovations, and projects on small sites wedged into existing neighborhoods are considered the types of projects that one just starting his or her own practice must inevitably pass through on the way to something grander and greater.

    Frank Lloyd Wright moonlighted while practicing with Adler & Sullivan, doing small domestic projects for family and friends, and many of today's celebrated architects took much the same path. The assumption is that small, residential projects are a rite of passage that lead to the work that one really became an architect for: the high profile museum, the office tower, the prestigious university building.

    What we as architects often forget, or may never realize, is that there is architectural greatness to be had in the simple commission, and it is at this scale, in fact, where most architects fall in love. It is only later, after we have moved on to the so-called bigger and better commissions, that we wish we could be working again on those small-scale projects, on which we could lavish our attention and time as designers. This is why we became architects.   >>>

     
    This article is excerpted from In Detail: House Design by McInturff Architects by Mark McInturff and Michael J. Crosbie, with permission of the publisher, The Images Publishing Group Pty. Ltd.

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