“A polymath (Greek polymathēs, πολυμαθής, “having learned much”) is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of subject areas.” (source: wikipedia)
Are architects polymaths? Knowing erverything and capable of doing great and original work in every area of the discipline of architecture? From urban design to detail drafting, from sociology to green building, from cost calculation to drawing? But – do architects really have advanced knowlegde in all these fields?
“People with many interests do exist – and this is usually what we mean when we talk of a ‘uiversal genius’. People with outstanding accomplishments in many areas are unknown. Even Leonardo performed only in the area of design despite his manifold interests; if Goethe’s poetry had been lost and all that were known of his dabblings in optics and philosophy, he would not even rate a footnote in the moste learned encyclopedia.” (source: Peter F. Drucker, The Effective Executive, p. 74)
Architecture is based on division of work, not only within structural, mechanical, and electrical engineers and other specialists, but also internally. It is a cliché, assuming that architects can do everything. Every project phases need specially trained people, however, boutique practices do not have these resources. So, what can you contribute?