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Fountainheadache: The Politics of Architect-Client Relations - Andy Pressman - Paperback
Fountainheadache: The Politics of Architect-Client Relations - Andy Pressman - Paperback
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  • ISBN-13: 9780471309925
  • ISBN: 0471309923
  • Edition: 1
  • Publisher: Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, John

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"I don2t intend to build in order to have clients. I intend to have clients in order to build."-Howard Roark, hero of Ayn Rand2s The Fountainhead Howard Roark2s attitude toward clients was guaranteed to cause him endless headaches. Most architects understand that they must balance their creative ambitions with the client2s need for a building that solves real-life problems, can be built for a reasonable cost, and doesn2t leak. Learning to strike that balance, however, can be a painful trial-and-error process that produces its own special brand of headache. The Fountainheadache investigates the complex, sometimes rocky relationship of architect and client through the personal recollections of some of America2s best-known and most successful architects. Roger K. Lewis, Charles Gwathmey, Stanley Tigerman, and many others discuss their methods for establishing working relationships with clients, describe the impact of these relationships on the design process, and offer insights and advice on a broad array of issues covering a range of projects from single-family dwellings to large commercial buildings and public facilities. Andy Pressman2s often hilarious stories of his own fledgling practice illustrate the kinds of client-related problems that can take a young architect completely by surprise: A married couple can2t agree on how to remodel their house, a client wants to have his house redesigned without meeting the architect, a couple allows a contingent of neighbors to grill the architect about his design. But from each jarring experience, Pressman draws a valuable lesson. He develops a set of guidelines that help bridge the gap that often separates architect from client, replacing frustration with satisfaction, conflict with collaboration, and disappointment with delight. The Fountainheadache offers a candid and completely human perspective on the frustrations and joys of the architect-client relationship. It also provides plenty of practical advice that will help architects and prospective clients turn this potential headache into one of the most rewarding aspects of any building venture.Pressman, Andy is the author of 'Fountainheadache: The Politics of Architect-Client Relations - Andy Pressman - Paperback' with ISBN 9780471309925 and ISBN 0471309923.

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