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This conclusion presents some of the closing thoughts covered in the preceding chapter of this book. The book presents a comprehensive analysis and categorization of the roles that structure plays in contemporary architecture, including reinforcing the most common architectural concepts and qualities. This book encourages architects and engineers to develop a strong proactive stance towards structure, rather than resign themselves to treat structure as purely utilitarian. Structure is owned by both professions and it must satisfy the requirements of both simultaneously - load-bearing as well as architectural expression. Architects should allow their design ideas to drive the structural design. At present, in most schools, engineers tend to teach this subject within the 'Architectural Technologies' section of the programme. Little mention is made of structure's architectural roles. By increasing the integration of Structure's with architectural design, student's interest in structure and their awareness of its relevance to their designs will increase, as will the quality of their architecture.