- I am a Design Draftsman which is normally received with a blank stare when asked “what do you do for a living” and I have always thought that if I had become an Architect the same question would have been met with expressions of admiration.
As opposed to most “Architects” I can look beyond the grime and neglect and actually see the potential that any building has to offer but because I do not carry the awe-factor that an Architect carries I am often over-looked or dismissed entirely.
Being a Design Draftsman and, notably, one from an industrial background; I am more than qualified to judge the structural and aesthetic qualities of a building. I would have made a perfect building inspector for the City of Buffalo.
Tenacious but tactful and certainly not one to over-look the benefit of having a real estate developer as-like Rocco Termini NOT thwarted in his attempts to save architecturally significant buildings. I have learned a long time ago that you need to work with people and not against them; have I clashed? Certainly, because the proverbial asshole is around every corner and they are routinely the ones who seem to have a point to prove normally to justify their existence.
My ultimate goal would be to play a proactive role in the resurrection of the HH Richardson Complex but I suspect that if and when that day dawns; my ideas and concepts will be dismissed by those whose real intentions are to make a name for themselves or to add another line to their resume.
Several years ago the Buffalo News featured a full page editorial about the gentlemen who suggest the location for the new Niagara Falls High School; I laughed my ass off.
Here was a nice, normal, family man with absolutely no design or construction background and he was featured in an exclusive interview; not anyone from the engineering house who designed the building or the construction company or even the crew just some clown who suggested an idea.
I once overhead a manager state that “everything today is based on perception” and I have never forgotten that statement; this same statement is also applicable to those of us who have made a career out of our ideas, concepts and realities with little to no recognition.
Perhaps, someday, those of us who truly care about adaptive reuse will be listened too....
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