by Michael J. Lewis
American Enterprise Institute
February 03, 2014
Policy Brief
It is difficult for a single architect to act as a citizen when others—his client, his fellow architects, the officials who regulate his buildings—do not. But while his scope for action may be severely limited by law, public taste, and his client’s resources, his imagination is not. And even in a dynamic equilibrium, in which he is only one player among many, he can change the nature of the equilibrium. Only the most solitary and remote building is without implications for society. This essay is the eighth in a series exploring the role of professions in a modern, liberal democratic society and their effect on the civic culture of the nation.



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