Design Futures Council

Leadership by Desgn

$41.87 USD


Leadership by Design: Creating an Architecture of Trust

By Ambassador Richard Swett

Ambassador Richard Swett's groundbreaking book investigates the unique civic leadership strengths of the architecture profession. Drawing upon the compelling history of the profession, both past and present, as well as from his own singular experience as the only architect to serve in Congress during the 20th century, Swett has produced an insightful volume that is both inspiring and instructive. He shares Mark Twain's view that "if the only tool you have is a hammer, after a while every problem begins to look like a nail." Leadership by Design is an eloquent plea to architects, leaders and citizens alike to expand the tool chest as we seek new leadership to design new solutions for the complex challenges facing our nation and the world.

"Architecture is a vocation commonly held to be detached from the rough and tumble of political engagement. Richard Swett has successfully combined the two professions in his own life and in Leadership by Design: Creating an Architecture of Trust argues for others to follow his example. The result is a remarkable story of how architects have contributed to the civic and political life of this nation and offers evocative ideas of how to expand their role in our public discourse. Every public official needs to read this book."