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
I don't think there should be a very popular style. A
designer should have his own style and have the
courage to fight for his individual vision of
It's no excuse to say that your client won't like it.
Educate them. Guide them. It's not easy nor safe, and surviving
as a designer is difficult, but it must be done. We
do not want to produce bland, homogenous
neighborhoods devoid of personality.
The aesthetic sensibility in the late '90s very
much responds to popular appeal, never daring. At
the moment, the traditional/ Colonial style is very visible.
If you drive through a residential development, you
could get lost because there are no landmarks. So
many houses have been built with the same
architectural style of clapboard sidings, double-hung casements, and
massive garage roofs.
Advice To Young Designers
I would advise young designers to be courageous.
There is always a reward for creativity.
My clients appreciate the value of good design. Creative
design is a credit to
both designer and owner. They should tell their
clients that the home they build is a monument to
who they are.
So speak of art and beauty. If they are
Philistines, speak of resale value in a market full of cookie
cutter homes. You won't always win, but fight the battles. It's
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