Ray Kappe: Architect, Urban Planner and Educator, California

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An internationally recognized architect, urban planner, and educator since 1953, Ray Kappe‘s much awarded and published work is considered to be an extension of the early Southern California master architects: Wright, Schindler, Neutra, and Harwell Hamilton Harris.

Some good advice In the words of Ray Kappe:
“I’ve always sought out the edges, the views, and a feeling
of expansiveness.”

“I was once asked what I think are the ten most important principles that helped make me a successful architect, planner, and educator…

(1)  Think positively, not negatively.
(2)  Accept structure but know that it is to be questioned and broken when necessary.
(3)  Always be willing to explore, experiment and invent.  Do not accept the status quo.
(4)  Know yourself and keep your work consistent with who you are and how you think.
(5)  Maintain good moral and social values.
(6)  Be humble, honest, compassionate, and egalitarian.
(7)  Have conviction about your work.
(8)  Be open and say yes to most ideas and requests. The good ones will be valuable, the bad ones will cease to exist.
(9)  Allow employees and fellow workers freedom and the ability to work to their strengths. Avoid hierarchy.
(10) Money should be the residual of work, not the goal.  But do not compromise your worth.”

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