Architects after Architecture: Alternative Pathways for Practice (eds. Harriet Harriss, Rory Hyde and Roberta Marcaccio, Routledge 2021) is a selection of inspiring and polemical texts and interviews that look for a more versatile professional role in the contemporary global context. The book has contributions by e.g. Jeremy Till, Sarah Wigglesworth, Liza Fior, Jack Self, Kimberli Meyer, Matt Jones, Scott Paterson, Damon Rich, Robert Mull and many more.
The list effective architects are not those who seek to control every detail, but who are open collaborators in a productive process. They are professional generalists, who know a little bit about a lot of things, able to ask the right questions to get the best out of a team. They are good hosts, able to invite the right people around he table, in order to better define the brief, and to consider it from multiple perspectives. They are synthesists, able to profess this often contradictory information, to satisfy multiple goals and stakeholders. And they are propositional, able to transform this raw material of people, perspectives and ambitions into an actionable vision for the future, something which can spark excitement, garner support, and show the way forward. They are microscopes and microscopes, able to operate at the scale of a glazing detail, at the scale of the city and all that lies between.
– Harriet Harriss, Rory Hyde, and Roberta Marcaccio in Architects after Architecture: Alternative Pathways for Practice, Introduction, p. 9
From the publisher’s website:
What can you do with a degree in architecture? Where might it take you? What kind of challenges could you address? Architects After Architecture reframes architecture as a uniquely versatile way of acting on the world, far beyond that of designing buildings.
In this volume, we meet forty practitioners through profiles, case studies, and interviews, who have used their architectural training in new and resourceful ways to tackle the climate crisis, work with refugees, advocate for diversity, start tech companies, become leading museum curators, tackle homelessness, draft public policy, become developers, design videogames, shape public discourse, and much more.
Together, they describe a future of architecture that is diverse and engaged, expanding the limits of the discipline, and offering new paths forward in times of crisis. Whether you are an architecture student or a practicing architect considering a change, you’ll find this an encouraging and inspiring read.