In which discipline is anthropology more important/apparent: architecture or cooking?
That's an offshoot of a conversation my sister (the architecture student) and I (the ethnographic research analyst) have been having.
After watching Top Chef Masters, we were equally charmed by Rick Bayless, and loved the fact that his early career trip to Mexico was as an anthro student. It seemed like such a natural evolution - start studying the people, end up cooking their food, and teaching others about their culture, via the food. Food and anthropology go hand in hand.
But so do architecture and anthro. When I was working at Context, I worked on an enormous study for the American Institute of Architects, all about the building process. From that study, it became very apparent that the best architects share characteristics with good anthropologists - the ability to observe objectively. To remove themselves from the equation.
Last night, Erin and I got into a complicated discussion about which profession - chefs or architects - is more like an anthropologist. Or something like that. We might even be having exactly the same conversation (we usually aren't). But it's interesting nonetheless.