The Spiritual Practice of Architecture

I first dreamed of becoming an architect when I was in grade six. Little did I know that architecture would teach me a lot more than how to design buildings. I was a girl who wanted to be an architect, but through the practice of architecture I discovered who I really wanted to be in the world. In my practice, there are eight main guiding principles that I seek to follow: 1. The Principle of Unity Before I start designing, I like to place myself on the building site and imagine becoming one with it. I try to understand how the sun and the wind moves across it, how the land slopes, what interesting features are present, where the views are, and how the existing elements on site interact with one another. No matter how empty a site may be, I don’t believe we are ever dealing with a blank slate. We are always playing within a given context. So I like to approach the project as a conv ...

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