Letters to the Editor: Anthony Logothetis
Let us praise dead theories and the non-star architect.
The teaching task of a school of architecture, wherever is located, is to give the young student, a basic and creative process, in design, in architecture, and urban planning.
The creative process is composed of a whole number of problems to investigate and to be resolved, These are based on the three conditions of building which are universal to every project. Every project should express the uses the building is intended to serve, the appropriateness of form to function, it should state the facts of its construction, and it should reflect the life, ideals and aspirations of the civilisation creating it.
We must teach these basic canons of our profession and the young architect will eventually find his way, when in practice, and perhaps eventually become an innovator and a star in his own right.
A personal architectural theory, expressed by a professor to influence a young student's work can be detrimental and confusing for him.
Kahlil Gibran wrote the following about teaching.
"If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshhold of your own mind". The Prophet
Anthony Logothetis, architect