|M.Sc Thesis||Department of Architecture and Town Planning|
|Supervisors:||Prof. Emeritus Churchman Arza|
|Assoc. Prof. Tzamir Igal|
This paper examines the professional self image of the Israeli architect as seen by the architects themselves. 38 men and women architects were interviewed. The sample included young and established architects; educated in Israel and abroad; employees, self employed and academics; engaged in projects of varying scope. The technique was an open interview designed to let the people questioned express themselves freely and spontaneously.
The interviewed architects were asked to relate to topics such as: the role of the architect as viewed by himself and by society, professional practices, time dedicated to conceptual aspects, professional responsibility, personal taste and style, the existence of a personal design-line and creative freedom. They gave their opinion regarding the need for competitions, the way they evaluate architectural achievement and the traits important for the architect.
The major findings show that three of the personal characteristics were of importance: number of years in the profession, type and scope of projects he/she is engaged in, if he/she is an employee or self employed. The rich experience of the most senior architects led them to view their profession as heaving a mission. Knowing the skepticism of the public towards them, their main tendency is to rely first of all on their ability and personality. Also they participate a lot in competitions, a convenient stage for expressing their creative ability. The type and scope of projects the architect was engaged in Influence their attitude to different design components. As the project’s scope increases the architects are characterized by a more orderly design process. The employment status of the architect showed that there is a difference in point of view regarding the essence of their role between the ‘‘practical’’ and the “academic” architects, in Issues like expectation as to status and the public reaction.