Architecture acts as a physical history and the architect is its storyteller. Architectural styles and forms speak of past cultures and societies, but they also inspire new ideas for the future. Vincent Scully's observation that the 'architect should be regarded as a kind of physical historian [...] the architect builds visible history' has shaped my understanding of architecture. Thanks to Scully, I realised that an architect's role is to examine the past to design the present and the future. His view that history is inscribed in buildings or even enacted through them has sparked my interest in architecture.