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Career Case Study #13: Ludwig Leo

Career Case Study #13: Ludwig Leo
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I found one mention of Leo having enrolled in an engineering course and, since he graduated from the University of Arts when he was 30, it could have been anything from a foundation course to a first degree. In 1956, two years after graduating from the University of Arts, he opened an office (in his […]

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Career Case Study #13: John Cyril Hawes

Career Case Study #13: John Cyril Hawes
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It’s not often we find architect and priest on the same CV but that’s the case with John Cyril Hawes. There’s a website, Monsignor John Hawes, from which I’ve summarized much of the following biographical information. Hawes was born in 1876 in Richmond in London but Canterbury Cathedral in the town of Canterbury where he […]

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Career Case Study #11: Kunio Maekawa (前川 國男)

Career Case Study #11: Kunio Maekawa (前川 國男)
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The history of modern architecture in Japan is short and relatively well documented even though major protagonists such as Antonin Raymond and Bruno Taut neglected to mention each other in their respective histories. Kunio Maekawa, Junzō Yoshimura and Junzo Sakakura were, along with Togō Murano, the first generation of modern Japanese architects. Togō Murano travelled […]

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Career Case Study #9: Juliaan Lampens

Career Case Study #9: Juliaan Lampens
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In the 2011 book, Angelique Campens compiled a list of projects and buildings that Lampens acknowledged, suggesting the existence of others either forgotten or unmemorable. I’ve combined her list with one from a 2019 Bachelor’s thesis by Andrea Ligao of the Politecnico di Milano and that includes some of the more obscure projects and competition […]

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Stock Market

Stock Market
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The life of composer, cellist, and conductor Franz Ignaz Danzi (1763–1826) overlaps those of Wofgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert. Mozart died in 1791 aged 35, Danzi in 1826 at 63, Beethoven in 1827 at 57 and Schubert in 1828 at 31. Danzi and Beethoven’s lives overlapped for all but seven years […]

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How To Leave a Company

How To Leave a Company
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There’s no point talking about the many reasons one might want to leave a company. They’ll all fall into one of the three groups of 1) Overworked, 2) Underpaid and 3) Underappreciated. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu Your Lao Tzu moment is the moment you realise […]

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Career Case Study #10: Yo Shimada

Career Case Study #10: Yo Shimada
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The name’s pronounced Yō Shimada [嶋田 優] despite “Yu” being more usual. Mr. Shimada also bucks convention by not having had a conventional architectural education. I don’t think we can hold this against him. Frank Lloyd Wright never had one. Wright’s thirty or so “bootleg” houses completed while moonlighting in Sullivan’s office prove he thought he could […]

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Career Case Study #8: Gio Ponti

Career Case Study #8: Gio Ponti
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1921 Graduated with a degree in Architecture from Politecnico di Milano. 1923–1927 Worked in partnership with Mino Fiocchi and Emilio Lancia. Exhibited at the first Biennial Exhibition of the Decorative Arts in Monza. 1924 Ponti House in via Randaccio Gio Ponti, Emilio Lancia via Randaccio 9, Milano For many architects, their first built work is a house for […]

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Career Case Study #7: Serge Chermayeff

Career Case Study #7: Serge Chermayeff
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The life and career of Serge Chermayeff (1900-1996) were vastly different from those of Ivan Leonidov (1902-1959), subject of the previous Career Case Study. They were also much longer. Chermayeff made a series of good career moves, the first of which was being born into a rich Jewish family in 1900. True, it was in Chechnya in the then Russian Empire but he soon corrected that […]

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Career Case Study #6: Ivan Illich Leonidov

Career Case Study #6: Ivan Illich Leonidov
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Ivan Illich Leonidov 9 February, 1902 – 6 November 1959 Ivan Leonidov’s star shone brilliantly at the very beginning of his career, perhaps too brilliantly. His misfortune was to have been born in 1902. If he’d been born in 1952 we’d remember him today as one of those infernal starchitects and, if early photographs are anything to […]

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Career Case Study #5: Richard Leplastrier

Career Case Study #5: Richard Leplastrier
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1939: Born in Melbourne, Australia1963: Graduated from Sydney University1964–1966: Worked in the Sydney office of Jørn Utzon. In 1963, Utzon set up office in Sydney for one reason only, so Leplastrier did something related to the Sydney Opera House. As a 25 year-old graduate, it probably wasn’t any decision-making but the atmosphere at the time must have been […]