|'A self-measurement form' Part 1 (Architectural Press, 1946)|
The form, devised by Amabel Williams-Ellis, his wife, featured in a book on careers entitled 'What Shall I Be?' and was originally produced by the Hon. Nancy Samuel.
|'A self-measurement form' Part 2 (Architectural Press, 1946)|
The book doesn't just 'pitch' itself to young persons, as the sub-title suggests - "Being something about Architecture and Planning for intelligent young citizens and their backward elders." William-Ellis is also trying to educate the general public so that they are more informed when discussing architecture and building. In his view the only person who's opinion you should follow or take notice of, regarding architecture, is someone who is inclined "to spend quite a lot of time looking at buildings and thinking and reading about them, trying to sketch them or perhaps even to design others, and always ready to discuss them keenly." His view that it is only "then that person is worth listening to, and will probably talk sense" is rather telling - "He [the educated individual] knows - therefore he probably cares."
Williams-Ellis, C. (1946), The Adventure of Building, 1st Edition, London: Architectural Press