Truth in Numbers


They call it their rallying cry: architects design just 2 percent of American homes, a figure that logs five mentions in the new advocacy treatise Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism (Metropolis Books). Its inverse, “Designing for the 98% Without Architects,” was the title of Design Corps’ 2000 conference and serves as a working motto for the nonprofit studio. The phrase has become a shibboleth in the profession, the conscientious architect’s “God and my right.” The trouble, of course, is that the statistic is pretty much wrong.

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