Autotelic Architect explores how movements towards more self-initiated projects, greater collaboration and design activism have changed how architects and designers are practicing, as well as the kinds of projects they are working on. Similar to the autotelic self that transforms potential problems into enjoyable challenges, the `Autotelic Architect' does not avoid societal changes, but instead learns to harness their creative potential. Using new research and case studies from past and present, the author analyses the educational and professional implications of operating as a `non-conventional' progressive participatory design practice. Drawing on a range of global case studies of pioneering architects in the field, she reflects upon current and future trends at local, national and international level, and additionally examines marketing and practical issues for architects. Illustrated with more than 30 black and white images, this is a compelling read for any practicing architect.
Sumita Sinha is an alumni of five architecture schools from two continents, including Delhi, Cambridge, London South Bank, Manchester and Westminster. She has designed furniture and buildings, and has worked and taught in the fields of sustainable design, conservation and planning for over 20 years in nine countries. She has set up an architectural charity, Charushila. She has been associated with RIBA for over 20 years in various capacities, including setting up its equality forum and as a Council member. Currently she is also a non-executive director of Moorfields NHS Foundation Trust. This is her second book.
Preface by Peter Murray. Foreword. 1. Changing Profession, Changing World 2. Practice of Architecture 3. Educating the Autotelic Way 4. The Autotelic Architect References. Index