I would like to thank the MOCAD Board for their recent selection of Rice+Lipka Architects and James Corner Field Operations to design their upcoming renovation because it gives us the opportunity to discuss a situation that has long plagued our local creative community. That is the lack of creative and exciting commissions for local architects.
We do not begrudge a talented firm from outside to capture commissions here. We know that cities are built by both local and visiting architects. We welcome quality architecture and creative ideas from everywhere but we also must give local talent the support and work that will encourage and promote homegrown quality and creativity.
Flickr photo by diametrik.