Architecture, Interior Design, and all the other aspects of environmental design are unique among all the arts:

As clay is to the potter, or silver to the silversmith, so empty space is to the environmental designer. We make nothing at all, or, at least, the containers for nothing more substantial than feelings, experiences, and atmospheres. 

Because we make nothing we must always work in co-operation with others: with clients, builders, users. Buildings, interiors and landscapes are the work of societies rather than individuals.

Students of environmental desig must learn to be conjurors: to persuade others to create something from nothing. The skills they need to learn are not just technical or practical, but social.

As an educator, I enjoy showing students ways in which they can take responsibility for their work - to work with and learn from one another, in order to become creative, dynamic, and self-critical practitioners of their art.