Architecture is a civilization’s way of giving form to itself. It is not only expressive of culture but actively participates in shaping it. Architecture is society’s most public and visible art; through it we profess our most cherished values, patterns and skills. As a discipline architecture has its roots both in art and science. It demands the love of precision, geometry, and order as well as a passion for mystery, wonder, and the unknown.
Good architects are deeply concerned about society and culture. They are critical thinkers, with a reflective sense of history and a visionary, though grounded, attitude toward the future. They not only mirror the attitudes of society, but contribute to its direction.