My web page opens with the words Firmitas, Utilitas, Venustas. I’ve been told it sounds too academic; too aloof. I’ll probably change it one day. But as an architect, these Latin words have real meaning; in English they translate to Firmness, Commodity, & Delight; passed down by Vitruvius, master architect of ancient Rome, these were the three basic tenants for building architecture, and for centuries architects were devoted to them.  Architects felt no need to question their logic, for they seemed to make perfect sense – we must build buildings that last, are practical, and are beautiful. Common sense. If there was one thing the Romans were not, it was innovative. Their customs, institutions, and arts, were all in fact borrowed. But what the…