I meant whoever designed it, not the person who hired him/her, or the one
who approves their work. I don't know what it is about architecture that
makes some people think that because they buy the design, that they are
somehow responsible for it. In other markets the line between consumer and
designer is still pretty distinct. If I buy an Aston Martin, it doesn't mean
that I am responsible for it's design, unless I get into some heavy
customization. (God forbid!) In such a case the final product is clearly a
hybrid of sorts, and the responsibility for it is muddied. It's also likely
to be a monstrosity, IMHO.
Specifying materials and their assembly is a big part of design. If you are
the designer, then the specification of this and other details would be your
job (responsibility). I understand being somewhat unsure about using one
thing or approach versus another, and wanting to ask for a second opinion.
That happens to me often, and that give and take is the basis of a working
design studio. It's the thing I miss most about working solo. I still bounce
stuff off my wife and my buddies, in these cases.
If you are the designer, asking strangers to pick a specific product from a
vast catalogue, or from several catalogues, for an application is a bit
different though. Isn't it? The starting point is too far back in the
IMHO the process you've sketched out cannot lead to a good design. It's too
"Mr.-Potato-Head-by-committee", and will yield results in the usual
contemporary vernacular range. If you want something special, someone who
knows how to trim a circlehead window at least a couple of different ways
should be responsible for the design from beginning to end. You can tell
this sort of person from the pretenders by the quality of their drawings,
and by their ability to draw in a number of different ways (Plan, section,
elevation, perspective/volumetric). The pretenders will point, or wave their
hands, but mostly talk. Their drawings are terrible, if they ever pick up a
pen other than to sign checks.
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