Readers of Robert Campbell's columns in our pages perhaps don't know that The Boston Globe's longtime architecture critic helped the General Services Administration select Thom Mayne and Morphosis to design the San Francisco Federal Building, completed in 2007. "I've never seen a building of his that didn't have major flaws, but I felt he needed a client who could hold his feet to the fire," Campbell says. He compares the U.S. to the Netherlands, where young architects have greater chances at larger commissions. "Mayne is still somewhat of an enfant terrible and is now only getting the work he has always wanted," he says. "The Netherlands loves when young architects come up with new ideas."
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