The Odyssey, written by Homer, encompasses a series of 24 books describing the arduous 10-year travels by Odysseus, who fought in the Trojan War and then wished to return to his home, the paradise island of Ithaca.
I am unsure which was more of a struggle; Homer's writing process or the hardship his main character was put through. The latter seldom advantageous, yet always adventurous: fighting off Cyclops and tantalizing nymphs were all worth the reunion with his beloved Penelope after twenty years. Odysseus returned as a hero; thus the term ‘epos’, and our current phrase ‘epic’.
How we long to feel or be acknowledged as heroes after our final presentations. But no, most of us don’t fall in the arms of long-lost lovers and become legends. Perhaps millennia-lasting remembrance and praise are bit too far-fetched. After all, we haven’t fought an actual battle and put our lives on the line — perhaps our personal health is as far as our battle goes, our eye bags quite accurately indexing our health status.
However, every now and then I find myself at crucial crossroads in design decision making, a true inner battle; fighting myself to the depths of design desperation; talk about an arduous journey. (Well, OK. I agree, bit too much, I will tone down the drama). But in all honesty, the design process, and in a larger sense, the process of evolving from a student to an architect, is quite an undertaking. Could you speak of an 'Architectural Odyssey'?
We explored this odyssey from different perspectives. Written by our newest editorial member, CK, this issue features a personal view on the traveling architect. Aimee visited Maarten van Kesteren, a Bouwkunde alumni, at his own studio in Amsterdam. She interviewed him about finding his own signature style and setting priorities when running your own firm. Jan took a look at a survey carried out by Stylos among our faculties student's at the end of the previous academic year and wrote a piece about the many career paths architects can take.
Besides looking ahead, we also take a moment to inaugurate the new academic year: a fresh start, full of anticipation.
Enjoy the read and—if you are new—have a hell of a ride at our BK faculty!