Art: Fair Warning

How much should the architect allow his client to say about the plans for his new house? Not too much, says Philip C. Johnson, director of architecture and design at Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art. Reporting his recent speech to the American Institute of Architects, the current issue of ARCHITECTURAL FORUM quotes Johnson's fair warning to prospective homeowners:

"Too many times an architect takes the attitude that his client can call the tune because he's paying the piper. Often the client gets in the way of an architect's creative ability . . . An architect's first duty is to his art. The...

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