you didn't hurt my feelings bth. their is always critism when one practice is obviously commisioned more by bigger clients and therefore in their eyes better than anyone else. it is part of a wider plan for the area which as you may be aware and remember was in a dire state for years. when the bus/train station is built ( by others by the way) then that whole area will have been transfored within only a few years which is exciting. i disagree, it is a functional area in galway providing areas for offices and in this regard in my view gives a pleasent working environment. coming in from the train it looks good.
with the state of architecture in general in galway it is a breath of fresh air. and an attempt to drag us into the 21st century rather than the often backwards looking attemtps at creating buildings to blend in which again in my opunion is nonsense.
at the end of the day, our job is to keep the clients and the planners happy. they pay the bills and that let us work. if you are to have your own practice that might be a lesson worth learning.
engineer driven design, first of all, that's nonsense. it's not a square box!
seriously though, obviously it has to be able to stand up so in effect every building is essentially engineer driven as there is no point showing a client a design that can't work.
you don't have a practice that much is obvious, but i was wondering who you worked for or at least post some of pics from the practice you work for and we will discuss them