So I watched The Lake House a few weeks ago, which features Keanu Reeves as an architect, struggling with his Dad’s fame as a ‘master architect’ and I got to thinking about architectural families. When I was growing up I didn’t know any architects, I didn’t even know of anyone who had gone to uni. Sure I’d seen the parents in The Brady Bunch and Family Ties and it all looked pretty glamorous, but I really didn’t know much more than insights from bad TV shows. So I wonder, for those whose parents, aunties, uncles, grandparents, cousins, siblings were architects, did they try to put you off? Did they encourage you, and give you a greater understanding of ALL the roles of an architect, not just the simplified version? Does it put more pressure on you to live up to people’s expectations, for example if your parent was a wellknown architect? And…would you encourage your children to take up this fascinating, stressful, creative, exciting, crazy profession?