Architects easily get carried away with aesthetics. Spectacular structures and gravity-defying designs rapidly spring up everywhere. With new materials and better techniques, the possibilities seem endless. However, the real virtue of architecture lies not in form, but in function and atmosphere, placing people at the heart of the design process, as Joost Ector argues. He believes that architecture and happiness can easily interlink as the right environment often brings out the best in people. This idea is a key motivator at architecture firm Ector Hoogstad Architekten.