What is Architecture – A Quick Research Post

Frank Lloyd Wright - Fallingwater House

Frank Lloyd Wright – Falling Water House

My background is in Journalism and Graphic Design. I have been hired mainly to help with marketing and general office work. But that doesn’t mean that I won’t take pride in my work – in this case, for an Architect. As I wrap up my first week as an Executive Assistant at an Architecture firm, I thought it would be beneficial to do some research and give myself a quick “Architecture 101” crash course.

So, what is architecture? Well according to the dictionary:

[ahr-ki-tek-cher] (Noun)

  1. The profession of designing buildings, open areas, communities, and other artificial constructions and environments, usually with some regard to aesthetic effect.
  2. The character or style of building.
  3. The action or process of building; construction.
  4. The result or product of architectural work, as a building.
  5. Buildings collectively.
  6. A fundamental underlying design of computer hardware, software, or both.
  7. The structure of anything: the architecture of a novel.

Okay, great. But architecture is more than just a definition. After a week in the field, I can already understand that architecture is a form of art and something that is very historic. Cities and Empires are remembered and essentially defined by the way they built their structures. Just look at the Romans. Some of their buildings are still partially intact, 2000 years later! For example, The Pantheon was built in about 120 AD and is still in continuous use as a place of worship today! Mind-boggling! And let’s not forget the most remarkable example of the Roman genius that is the Pantheon – it’s roof, a large dome. In an extra touch of “hey, look at us,” the center of the dome is open to the sky. Possibly the world’s first skylight, perhaps? Oh and did I mention that the Romans invented concrete? Where would architecture even be today without concrete?

Let me reiterate – I have never studied architecture. However, as a fan of design in general, I do know of one American architect – Frank Lloyd Wright. He is most famous for Fallingwater, an amazing residential project he built in the 1930s. It has even been called the best all-time work of American architecture. I love this quote of his that I found:

“What is architecture anyway? Is it the vast collection of the various buildings, which have been built to please the varying taste of the various lords of mankind? I think not…

No, I know that architecture is life; or at least it is life itself taking form and therefore it is the truest record of life as it was lived in the world yesterday, as it is lived today or ever will be lived. So architecture I know to be a Great Spirit….

Architecture is that great living creative spirit which from generation to generation, from age to age, proceeds, persists, and creates, according to the nature of man, and his circumstances as they change. That is really architecture.”

Music has always spoken to me more than anything else on the planet. I imagine that if I were an architect, looking at a building would feel the same as when I listen to a song that I love. There are many aspects that come into play in architecture – some that scare me (cough-math-cough). But I am very excited to absorb as much information as possible! My first week working for an Architect has been very interesting. You can check on me weekly and read my blog to find out how I am doing. Catch ya later!

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