Foreword

There are two great secrets, or as I think of them, two great sins, in the architecture profession. The first is that the actual practice of architecture is something that has to be learned on the job, after we've committed several years, and subsequently quite a lot of money, to an educational program that has only a small amount of carryover to the actual architectural practice. The second sin is a near mirror: that the actual operation of a building is also something that has to be learned on the job and after the fact, after several years and quite a lot of money is invested in the design and construction process. This is again with a disappointing amount of carryover from the design process.

At best, the status quo provides us ...

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