Creative process and experiences leading to creative achievement in the case of accomplished architects

Seon Young Lee, Ghang Lee

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This study has identified factors stimulating creative ideas, transforming creative ideas to products, and continuing creative performance in the field of architecture based on interviews with 10 creative and successful architects. Having a penchant for liberal arts and reading books on a broad range of topics on arts, humanities, social sciences, and engineering were two major sources of creative inspirations for these architects. The interview data showed that creative inspirations occurred with a variety of artistic and cultural experiences outside the field of architecture, while it got blossomed in forms of creative architecture by means of architectural knowledge and skills, commitment with efficient problem solving and interpersonal skills, and great mentors in the field. Constraints imposed on by architectural regulations and other people, including clients, had a positive impact on creative productivity. Despite constant challenges and difficulties, the architects showed psychological strengths and positivity that enabled them to stay and survive in the field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-268
Number of pages16
JournalAsia Pacific Education Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun 1

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© 2017, Education Research Institute, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.

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  • Education


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