by Harry Seidler
Based on the 1984 lecture at the RIBA in London and the 1987 Habitat Lecture at the Centre for Human Settlements, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
“After a complicated odyssey from my native Vienna, where I lived until the age of 15, I had a period of schooling in England and was interned and transported to Canada during World War II. Following a final architectural education at Harvard, I settled down to work with architect Marcel Breuer in New York from 1946 to 1948.”
I am often amazed at the naivety of developers of office buildings, or prospective tenants, in failing to insist on the use of state-of-the-art technological advances in the structures they build or plan to occupy.
The quality of excellence in city environments and the design of buildings has always been felt to be the responsibility and ambition of those in financial power and the patrons of Art and Architecture. They left us the great edifices of the past, the palaces of Florence and in our time a Seagram Building in New York.