The ethos of architects towards an analysis of architectural practice in Turkey

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A certain architectural "ethos" come into being as a result of the specific training which architects receive as producers of space, of their dual status as artists and professionals, of the conditions in which they live and the social status of their profession. This ethos is a product of the architects' collective habitus. The attitudes of architects regarding their position in the building industry, their role in society and their self-image (or its lack of) as artists determine the transformation within the architectural profession under the impact of the changes in society. This study investigates architects' professional practice by focusing only on those architects working independently and mostly having their on offices. Thirty-one architects were grouped by age, gender, the faculties from which they graduated and province of residence and work. The international influence on architectural discourse, the effects of architects' organisations and their professional ideology were introduced as additional variables for investigating the nature of their habitus. The interviews revealed that the architects' "spontaneous professional ideology" (SPI) is the main adhesive of their collective habitus and ethos, and it force architects to think in a specific way about space, the sovereignty of architecture, its art component, its legitamacy, architects' devotion to their profession, their feelings of superiority over clients and users as well as their overall code of conduct.


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N. Fehim Kennedy, “The ethos of architects towards an analysis of architectural practice in Turkey,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2005.