>Everyone knows that architects >are convinced that they walk on water and that little things like >'reality' routinely disturb their well-designed plans. Like the >reality of not being able to run a 3 1/2 inch electrical conduit >directly through a 12-inch steel I-beam.
Heh. You sound like my father. (He's a mechanical engineer by trade, and has worked in industrial project management most of his career.) We were watching TV on his lunch hour the other day, and something came up regarding the Guggenheim Bilbao. He snorted and said, "You can tell an architect designed that goddamn thing."