Unlike books that concentrate on the monuments and other artefacts that architects produce, Constructing the Architect focuses on architecture as a disciplinary and professional process, an institution of society, and a career of learning and mastery. In doing so, it offers a lens into the architecture of architecture.
Mapping architecture as a coherent whole, Leonard Bachman shows that the field must be understood as four mutually reinforcing modes of inquiry: design, research, strategy, and education. Within this framework, he explains how institutions and actors hold differing perspectives on the critical discourse that advances architecture and identifies the various tensions and leverage points for change within the discipline.
Featuring over 100 illustrations to support understanding of this highly visual subject, this is an essential introduction for any student seeking to understand what it means to be an architect and to enter the professional discourse.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations Foreword Michelangelo Sabatini Preface: The Architecture of Architecture Acknowledgments Part 1: The Architecture of Architecture 1. Architecture After the Machine Age 2. Architecture as a Social Construct 3. Inquiry and Agency Part 2: Creating New Wisdom Through Essential Transformations 4. Design Inquiry: Unique Solutions to Unique Situations 5. Research Inquiry in Architecture Part 3: Connective Configurations: The Application of Existing Knowledge to Practical Use 6. Forensic Inquiry: Precedent, Programming, Planning, and Strategy 7. Educational Inquiry Coda: Inquiry in Motion 8. Interaction: Four Inquiries in Motion Index
Leonard R. Bachman is Professor of Architecture at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design at the University of Houston, USA. He is the author of Two Spheres: Physical and Strategic Design in Architecture, also published by Routledge.