an architect’s credo

an architect’s credo

MAY I ALWAYS BUILD

Marcus Vitruvius Pollio

 

Man

I will open my eyes to VISION,
that I may unlock the message in the stone and the clay.
Let me sense in the sand and the iron and the tree
the Mystery beyond all mysteries,
the Builder beyond all building.

With Vision MAY I ALWAYS BUILD.

I will open my mind to HUMILITY,
that I may remember my debt to those who have taught me,
and strive to discharge it to those whom I teach.
Let me be always aware that my days are short, my work is long,
my talent endures not forever.
 
In Humility MAY I ALWAYS BUILD.

I will open my heart to PATIENCE,
that those for whom I plan may not be denied their true answer
through any haste of mine or shallow expediency.
As my art grows in the building of man’s shelter,
so may my heart grow in the building of man’s happiness.
 
Patiently MAY I ALWAYS BUILD.

I will open my hands to ARTISTRY,
that I may skillfully turn point, line and plane to the support and protection of man’s body,
to the nourishment of his hope, to the preservation of his culture.
Let my toolsbe adroit and ready weapons in his resistance
to decay and his struggle to be free.
  
With Artistry MAY I ALWAYS BUILD.

Even if the whole world ravage and destroy,
MAY I ALWAYS BUILD.
Let my work go beyond creed and color and nation, bridging the world of difference,
letting fall to ruin the House of War
and enlarging the House of Peace.
While the breath of the Great Architect is in me,

 MAY I ALWAYS BUILD.

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