• • IN PROFILE: Donald Bates from Lab Architecture Studio
The Fountainhead | [Q:] If you could give a single piece of advice to someone considering embarking on an architectural degree, what would it be? [A:] From my perspective, the role of the ‘architect’ is misconstrued when seen as being a singular, creative genius. Whether it is the mythical image of Frank Lloyd Wright or Howard Roark of ‘Fountainhead’, the media image of the architect as the person sitting down with a pen and piece of paper to sketch out – as a complete idea – an image of a new building, is pretty far from the reality. Not because architects are not intelligent people, but rather that there is a more profound action in the iterative, evolving and constructed truth of a design than in the revelation in the act of a genius.