Residential Designer and Her Views
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following is an excerpt from a feature article about Cynthia Leif, which
appeared in an issue of Archikonst Magazine. Reprints
available upon request.
On Other Designers
I admire the styles of Robert Stern, Michael Graves,
Richard Meier, and my former boss Bobby Mañosa.
Mainly because there is a uniqueness in their styles.
I like inventive architects whose elemental lines,
curves, or shapes become their signatures.
Robert Stern creates rich and evocative designs that
recall the forms of the past, while responding to
contemporary needs. His designs have a sympathetic
relationship to the site, richness of plan, distinctive
use of natural light, and elegant interior
Michael Graves has great aesthetic shapes - with
references to historical forms. His warm colors
reflect classical influences and make his creations
Richard Meier's elegant modernist style with white facade and glass have become icons of modern
architecture. His lines and curves are interesting.
I admire Mañosa's uniqueness. What Robert
Stern is to America, Bobby Mañosa is to the
Philippines. They both work within a historical
tradition of domestic architecture, yet they
integrate the present demands of modern life. And,
they use today's innovative materials to their
In other words, I admire architects who are not
afraid to be different, are willing to take risks, develop new
forms, and develop new ways to use materials. As architects, we have a
responsibility to our society and to our art.
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