The Question of Credit

The Question of Credit

We’ve been in the process of training a class of newincredible walking tour guides in preparation for a busy fall schedule.  One of the things that we discuss when we talkabout the Wyly Theater is the issue of attribution.  Who gets “credit?”  The firm? The designer?  How much attentionis paid to the local architect of record?

In the case of the Wyly, we describe it as  REDX/OMA project…giving credit to both JoshuaPrince-Ramus and Pritzker Prize laureate Rem Koolhaas.  Prince-Ramus was the head of the New York office ofHoolhaas’ firm OMA.  In the midst of theproject, Prince-Ramus left to form his own firm REX, but stayed on to see theWyly to completion. Thus, the moniker REX/OMA. Confused yet?

LA Times architecture critic takes the issue of credit on inthisarticle he wrote for Harvard Design magazine. It’s dense, but definitely worth aread.  And includes mention of the Wylyconundrum also.

While we’re on the subject of Joshua Prince-Ramus, here area couple of other pieces.  Here’sone from Forbe’s in which headdressed the “myth of architectural genius.”  And a story on one of hislatest projects in Louisville, Kentucky.

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