Today’s ‘Five Minutes With’ features Awards for Excellence finalist George Schieferdecker, Partner at BKSK Architects, who shares his influences and experiences in the architecture space. Nominated in the Civic Space category, Mr. Schieferdecker and his team are being recognized for their work on Washington Square Park House.
Who has had the greatest influence on your career and what was the best advice he or she gave you?
“My career has always been centered on a particular approach to architecture which was most influenced by Robert Venturi’s book “Complexity and Contradiction” — and the insights and perceptions about the architecture of Rome of Michael Schwarting, educator, author and architect. What was revelatory to me from both of these sources was the rich resource for architectural inspiration that is lodged in a site’s history, surroundings, setting and cultural context. If one can be aware of this force field, good design can emerge.”
What qualities do you think are essential to be an effective leader?
I suppose the assumption of that question would be that I am an effective leader. Let me think about that and get back to you.
As a ULI NY Awards nominee, what makes you most proud of your project?
“I enjoy the fact that this project, small in scale, has such resonance for so many people (and dogs), that it was developed in a real collaboration with our client, and that its simple form has such “complexity and contradiction.”