03.29.04 180 Voices
“As the entry deadline neared, I was talking on the phone, coordinating last minute details, when my call waiting beeped. So, I clicked over to answer. It was a woman from Mumbai, India (11.5 hours ahead), who was frantic because she’d been trying to make final revisions to her essay, but was experiencing technical problems with the competition website. We quickly resolved the situation and accepted her entry–but the point is, when it is 11pm (CST) on a Friday night in Iowa, and your cell phone is ringing with a call from a young professional in India, it starts to hit home that this is truly a global profession.”
The quote above is excerpted from an email that I sent to our ArchVoices Essay Competition Committee early last week, preparing us all for an intense two weeks of reading and evaluating the 180 essays submitted to this year’s competition (15% more than last year). In addition to entries from 35 U.S. states (plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico), the 2004 competition attracted essays from young professionals in 12 other countries (nearly twice as many as last year): Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Mexico, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
What’s in a name?
The 180 essay titles alone provide a fascinating glimpse into the minds of young professionals across the country and around the world, and thus also provide a glimpse into the future of our profession. Today’s issue of ArchVoices provides you access to the complete text of each 500-word essay proposal, listed by title.
This year, we’ve added a “Readers’ Choice” feature that will allow ArchVoices readers from Milwaukee to Mumbai to vote for your favorite essays. Click here to cast a vote for the submission that you find most intriguing, provocative, or well-written. Or select from the list that follows. Up to 12 overall winners will be eligible for special prizes, including a full set of Archiflash ARE study cards or a $100 gift certificate from Princeton Architectural Press.
Thank you sincerely to all of you who are participating in this competition, either by writing or by reading and discussing these essays, and thank you as well to our sponsors and committee members who have made this dialogue possible.
Matt Ostanik, Assoc. AIA
Intern Architect (West Des Moines, IA)
Chair, 2004 ArchVoices Essay Competition
2. Architectural Design of the Architects Systems
3. The First Act of Subversion
5. An Intern’s Manifesto: The Search for Our Voice
6. CNN and the intern architect: an analogy
7. Reality is not singular, and not real.
8. Getting To Repose…
9. Students of Words
10. The Value of the Professional Architect
11. Megalomaniacs of the World, Unite
12. Architectural Motivation
13. Public Confessions & Spaces
14. Endless Possibilities
15. Poverty in Iranian Architecture
16. Interning Archi-tect or CAD-tect?
18. A Process Towards Evolution
20. Howard Roark, Intern
21. Easy Doesn’t Do It
22. Immediacy Within Architecture
23. The Adventurer’s Guide to Architecture
25. Architecture: Virtual experience or experience of Virtue
26. A Holistic Approach to the Field of Architecture
27. Titles and Meaning
28. The New Pioneers
29. Fusing Architecture: Naiveness, Theory, and Technicality
30. The Architect as Urban Designer
31. Sprinting towards Engineered Values
33. Realigning with Reality: Towards a More Relevant Profession
34. Fostering A Dream
35. What Licensure got to do with it?
36. Get Me Off This Glacier!!
37. Architectural Registration and its Diversity Vortex
38. Members Only? How do young designers find Professional Identity?
39. Modern outlook, how to keep it
40. Driving Mr. Libeskind
41. Touching a Single Life
42. Transcending Boundaries
43. Hazards On: Potholes and Poetry on the Road to Licensure
44. Intern Almighty
45. No One Told Me It Would Be This Much Fun…
46. Crafted Separation
48. Sarah Doesn’t Know AutoCad
49. Filling Up the Empty Vessel, a Few Thoughts
50. The continuous flow of life and Architecture
51. The Tradition of Architectural Internship
52. Seeking Symbiosis in Architecture
53. “As For Me and My House”: Who Should Architects Serve?
54. Life on the Outside
55. Thinking Outside the Box: Embracing Changes in the Architecture Profession
56. A Paradoxical Relationship
57. The Business of Architecture
58. The Architect and North American Suburb
59. What Sets Us Apart, What Brings Us Together
60. Internship and the Polarization of Architectural Education
61. Rethinking the Way We Make Architecture
62. Time to have fun and rethink
63. Assimilation of Multi-cultural Architects in America – A Slow Process
64. Are architects the lords of space?
65. Rectifying Two Worlds of Learning
66. Collective Responsibility: For Awareness
67. The Architecture of Walmart
68. The Social Art of Architecture
69. Architectural Obstructions – tools for generating a mutual creativity
70. See IDP run
71. The ideal of architecture and the idea of the architect.
73. The Spark of Architecture
74. With Blinders On
75. What Have I Done?
76. The decision of becoming a Thoroughbred Architect
77. Continuing Education Through Professional Practice
78. The Rule of Thirds
79. The Marginalization of the Architect in Contemporary Culture
80. Getting to Know You.
81. Teach a Man to Fish
82. The Steps of Our Cathedrals
84. A Manifesto of Professional Aspirations – Bridging the Disconnect
86. In Transition
87. Creative Innovation – Think Different!
88. Faceless Profession
89. Knowledge through Study and Knowledge through Practice
90. Value of a Humble Architect(ure)
91. Relationships: Interns et al
92. Time for Architecture to Save the World
93. Comprehension, Control and Conduct
94. Prelude to Specialization
95. Architecture. Noun. Art.
96. Material Architecture in the Virtual World
97. Passion and Excellence: What it Means to Become an Architect
98. Streetscape Encounter
99. A Brilliant Career
100. Embracing Change from Internship to Professionalism
101. Intern Architects and the Future
102. Line of Sight
104. Cut, Copy, & Paste
105. Obliquity and the Architecture Profession
108. Past Precedent
109. Hold onto the Architect who can write!
110. The Social Act of Architecture
111. A Harsh Reality Or Just Plain Soul Crushing
112. Internship as the Intersection of Meaning and Identity
114. When Words Fail Us: Defining “Intern-Architect” in the 21st Century
116. A Lullaby For The Next Strokes
118. An Emerging Field in Architecture
119. The Spirit of Architecture
120. Blessed but not depressed
121. Thick Architecture
123. Rediscovering the Citadel
124. Turning Tools
125. A Simple Statement : Goals
126. quiet spaces
127. The Diversity of Interns: Key to the Future
128. Service for Society
129. The Changing of Ideals
130. The Crates, Architectural Charades, and an Opinion
131. The New Architect: A look at the profession
132. Experiencing globalization as an intern architect
133. The Undervalued Architect
134. The New Face(s) of Architecture
135. The Road to Architecture
136. A Dream Called Reality
137. Youth looks forward, age looks back: a love-letter to internship
138. re-Defining ‘Architecture’ Today
139. Stretching Ideals
140. Among and All Around
141. Who am I?
142. Values or Practice
143. Two ends of a spectrum
144. Been There, Done That: The Professional Need for Mentoring
145. New Millenium Intern
146. Foundation to the Finishes- Todays Architect
147. Too Often: Hand-me-down Architecture
148. Re-Organization of the Architect in Society via Licensure
150. Systems Thinking: The Basis for a New Professional Framework
151. Struggle in Realizing
152. Permanent Internship
153. Binding the Seams
154. Recipe for Success; or Why I’m Still not a Kindergarten Teacher
155. Mold Your Mentor, Or How to Activate a Partnership
156. What are we doing here?
158. To Know Myself Through Them
159. Architecture Found: Yes, I Can(opy)
160. Boundless Architecture
162. Internal Mechanics
163. Architecture: A Layered Approach
164. Eating the Young: The Profession of Architecture Regarding it’s Interns
165. About us
166. Whole Interns Whole Architects
167. Shaping our Future
168. The end of the beginning of the Executive Artistic Architect
169. To inspire and be inspired
170. The New Profession[al]
171. Will we still need to sign drawings?
172. Question, Change, Make New: Responsibilities of Architectural Interns
173. An Intern’s Dream: Real Life Inspired
174. Professional Architect: Redefining the architectural profession.
175. Architect Redux
176. The Drawing as Lens
177. Jumping into the Dark: Turning Practice into Praxis
178. Pathways of Architecture-Symbolic or Temporal
179. The Importance of a Perfect Match
180. The Well Traveled Road to Mediocrity
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