GoArchitect is starting a blog series about the books that influence today's architects and designers. Each week we will interview one person with one question: What 3 books have impacted your life in architecture and why?
The 3 books may be from childhood or just last week, the important element is that they helped define their personal or professional life. If you would like to be considered for a future interview, please fill this out.
Project Designer/Manager at Alliance Architects
Michelle Blahovich is a Project Designer with Alliance Architects, in South Bend, Indiana. Working in a smaller firm, she has been able to truly experience the apprenticeship practice of the profession, and has learned that every individual provides key tools in making a great firm. Interested in the Psychology of the built environment, she finds herself filled with constant wanderlust. Enjoying the experience and education of a culture by exploring new built realms, all over the world.
What 3 books have impacted your life in architecture and why?
Stephen R. Covey, 1989
- Be proactive,
- Begin with the End in Mind
- Put First Things First
- Think Win-Win
- Seek First to Understand, then to be understood
- Sharpen the Saw
Vitruvius, 30-15 B.C.
Laura S. Dushkes, 2012
This one for me is almost like reading the funnies in the newspaper. It was given as a gag gift for my birthday one year. I think everyone in architecture gets those fun "archi" type gifts from those closest to them. I can't count how many times a Lego set, book, or wonderful set of pens has been bestowed on me. However, going back to the book... it is filled with bite sized insights from people in our profession. I truly enjoy the fact that in the book, opposing views can be seen on facing pages. Both having context in some application as it pertains to the profession. You have to take it with a grain of salt and a little humor, since most of the quotes come from Starchitects and are often subjective. Overall the book makes for fun conversation around the office, and usually sits on my desk. A great book helps spur on new perspectives and conversation, even if those perspectives differ from your own.
Have any of these books influenced your life or career in architecture? Leave a comment below and tell us how.