Friday, 13 January 2017

Art, Architecture and Business School

Above my workspace an old life drawing sits beside the AIBC Certificate of Practice
In an Architect designed building, there is an opportunity for loose artistic expression and exploration of form in the context of the views, values and light available to a project. 

This is refined through the inventive, yet disciplined 3D world of master building.

Of course, to build something, there is a piece of land that usually must be purchased. Buying real estate is a commercial exchange that is hotly negotiated, bringing into play huge financial courage and grit.

Here the artistic DNA that started the journey requires the tempering fires of commercial life and times:
  • Does the value of the land support the cost of the building?
  • Will my client now be successful in his marketplace?
  • Will the next sale price cover the cost of land + building + needed profit?
  • Will it sell fast enough?

So, it is good to remember:

1. Every project needs to begin with a vision or unified artistic expression, that informs design decisions further down the track. That is the part Architects love. 

2. Our client has often been in a heady commercial battlefield of land purchase, sometimes well before he has knocked on the Architect's door. 

The journey of land purchase and sale is thrilling, and so is the winding road of realizing the dream you can one day walk into.  

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