The Connection Between Authors and Architects

picAs I read through the 5 pound Henry Howard Louisiana’s Architect book (by Robert S. Brantley w/Victor McGee, 2015) I realized that the work of an architect is similar to that of an author.

Architects and authors both work with the big picture in mind, focusing on the end result. The work of both require planning and constant revision when problems occur if the structure is not working. Both use detailed drawings or a computer to construct the needed layout. In addition,  both must be willing to branch out and try new styles. Authors and architects require creativity that catches the eye of others to become popular.

Authors and architects can become famous with one piece, or not truly appreciated until after death. Both work with teams, be it publishers and agents, or builders and clients. While author’s work can be lost if unsaleable or lost among millions of other future publications, architects work can be lost to fire, natural disasters, and age.

The early works of architects are sometimes not credited to the right person (as was the case for Howard). Much like an author can be a ghost writer. And like authors and architects, people have favorites:

My favorite buildings of Henry Howard would have to be the Belle Alliance Plantation, which sits on the Bayou Lafourche in Louisiana  and Antonio Palacio house (which graces the cover of Henry Howard Louisiana’s Architect).






  1. An excellent blog and comparison, Savannah! Writers themselves build and even tear down what they’ve written, only to rewrite/revise until it’s just right for that special ‘tenant,’ the agent or editor.

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