Mastering Architecture: Becoming a Creative Innovator in Practice
Mastering Architecture draws on the research of approximately fifty architects who have taken a close look at the nature of their own mastery. This research into mastery reveals things that every practitioner should know about their creative practice – things which most architects are only aware of at an intuitive level. The book flags up personal attributes, such as stamina, creative energy and intellectual capital, which are intrinsic to dynamic practice. It also suggests ways in which practitioners can self-curate their positions within the triangle of their creativity, evolving not only the cultural structure of their profession but the wider world in which they operate.
Zone 1: The Individual in Mastery – The Natural History of the Creative Practitioner,
Antwerp: Martine de Maeseneer,
Austin: Kevin Alter,
Brisbane: Donovan Hill,
Christchurch: Thom Craig.
Hobart: Leigh Woolley.
Kuala Lumpur: Architron.
London: Jenny Lowe.
Melbourne: Ian McDougall/Allan Powell/John Wardle.
New York: Michael Sorkin.
Perth: Geoff Warn.
Singapore: Look Boon Gee, Richard Hassell, Mok Wei Wei.
Sydney: Ian Moore/Stephen Varady/Durbach Block.
Scotland, Tokyo and London: Kathryn Findlay.
Ljubljana and Melbourne: Tom Kovac.
Zone 2: The Groups in Mastering.
Self-Curating Collectives: Terroir, Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects.
Fostering Informal Associations: William Lim, Ken Yeang.
Partnerships for Life and Practice: Julian Feary and Kate Heron: Enchaining Art, Vorberg and Kirchhofer – VK Architecture.
Migrating Contexts: Colin Fournier, Louis Kruger.
Establishing Poles: Sean Godsell, Allan Powell.
Firms that sustain innovation from within: ARM, Lyons.
Zone 3: Thwarted Mastery.
Forgetting Cultural Capital.
Confusing the Knowledge Base.
Failing to Elevate Innovations into a Metropolitan Discourse – Raphael Moneo.
Zone 4: Encouraging Mastery and Innovation.
Encouraging Mastery and Innovation.
Collective Environments that Encourage.
Regional and Provincial Environments that Encourage.
Metropolitan Environments that Encourage.
Zone 5: Self-Curationas a Portal from Mastery to Creative Innovation.
Wood Marsh and Resistance.
Leon van Schaik and the Ideogram Approach.
The Melbourne Concourse of Architecture.