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From the new book, "Writings on Architecture" speech accepting the Brunner Prize in 1958.


 

“As an architect, most of my efforts are absorbed in being an administrator, committee man, business man, and consultant—and, by choice, a teacher. Building committees sometimes concern themselves with only these qualities, but actually they are without meaning unless the artist pervades every act.

Yet today it is the artist that you honor. It is for this reason that it is so deeply felt, and is received with so much gratitude. For, to me, the architect’s function as artist means everything; it is indeed both the reason and the reward for all his efforts. Insofar as he is an artist, the architect must inevitably be subject to the same rule as any other artist, that of personal expression. Here he is alone, despite his many roles.

Architecture is still an art, and in its name, I accept the Arnold Brunner Memorial Award with sincere gratitude.”

Rudolph, Paul Marvin, 1918-1997. Writings on Architecture. Ed. Robert A. M. Stern. New Haven: Yale School of Architecture: Distributed by Yale University Press, 2008.



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