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One of architecture's most cherished foundations is the notion of creativity. If the architect is to be charged with the responsibility of the "innovator" and an "agent of change," then much of his work will revolve around being able to exercise his creativity. There appear to be some discrepancies between what architecture is all about in literature and the classroom vis-a-vis in actual practice. The thrust of this thesis is directed to the apparent discrepancy between architectural training and practice. A case study method has been chosen for this investigation. Seven architects were chosen to be interviewed. With five areas of inquiry, a questionnaire was developed to discover the architect's notion of creativity, his effectiveness in expanding his creativeness, his recognition of constraints that society imposes upon him, and his reaction to such constraints. Results indicated that the architect's notion of creativity did not have a high correlation to that expressed in the literature. The architects did not demonstrate a maintainance of a creative effectiveness within their practice. The architects recognized the constraints made upon them by external forces. They did not indicate an activism in response to these constraints. The images of the successful architect corresponded to that of the creative profile expressed in literature. Conclusions focused upon each architect's profile in relation to his responses and the literature. If the architect is to accept his "role" within society, he must understand this notion of creativity and expand its effectiveness. If he recognizes he is operated upon by external forces, he must become active in responding to such forces. If he does not, then he will evolve into a mere technician.



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School of Architecture and Planning

First Committee Member (Chair)

Michel Louis Roger Pillet

Second Committee Member

Richard Alan Anderson

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