Musings on a life in architecture – Louis Kahn

Musings on a life in architecture – Louis Kahn

A couple of things recently have got director and chartered architect, David Hurcombe, thinking about what it takes to be an architect:

“I visited the Design Museum to see the exhibition of Louis Kahn's work and I saw 'My Architect', a 2003 film that follows the illegitimate son of Louis Kahn in his five year, worldwide quest to better understand his architect father who had died almost 30 years before.

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“I found both events moving and challenging and it caused me to reflect on the incredible commitment it takes to create wonderful architecture and truly great buildings. It takes unbelievable dedication from the architect and huge faith and courage from the client. But what struck me the most in watching the film was the sacrifice to Kahn’s family life. It caused me to ask the question, 'is it worth the effort to create a great building?' and 'at what point is the sacrifice too much?'

“Everyone will have a different answer.

“For Louis Kahn, it seems architecture was a lifelong obsession that took precedence over everything else. And while I am a massive fan, I feel that the price on his personal life was simply too high.“

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