Architect Charles Gwathmey (the man currently defacing Astor Place) performs the saintly task of helping Richard Meier dissasociate himself from his plagued Perry Street Towers. In a letter to Vanity Fair, Gwathmey writes,
[W]hile an architect is responsible for the architectural design of a project and may be in a position to advise the owner of observed contractor deviations from the design, he or she has limited control over the quality of construction, limited power to require that construction defects be remedied, and absolutely no input into the maintenance of a building after construction is completed.In related news, Curbed has learned that Meier bears absolutely no responsibility for Perry Street Flowers. Please, leave the man alone.
· Gwathmey on Meier [Felix Salmon]