The Future of the Architecture Profession Is Not What You Think

Make your way around just about any major city (and smaller ones, too) in the US, and you’d be hard pressed not to see some form of new construction going on. Unless it’s related to an educational, governmental, or healthcare facility, there’s a good chance it’s being driven by a developer. Without generalizing too much, it’s fairly safe to say that developers don’t necessarily have the best reputation, and yet, they are the ones responsible for the vast majority of the buildings we all use.

Architects have long played backup to developers in shepherding the future of our cities…developers focused on the bottom line and profit margins. Much of this is due to the ever-increasing litigious nature of society, not to mention how finance is almost vilified in our training; architects should sacrifice profit for the good of the concept.

Fortunately, there is a growing number of us interested in expanding our roles to the “dark side”, taking ownership and enabling development that is far more aware, focused its users rather than just the bottom line. For us, profit, good design, and community responsibility are not mutually exclusive.

For more, check out Brandon Donnelly‘s recent article for Architizer (I highly recommend his blog, in general):

Changing Times: The Future of the Architecture Profession Is Not What You Think

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Creating timeless spaces for amazing people through a site-specific and deeply personal approach. Sloan Springer Architect is a design-focused practice specializing in creating homes for awesome people who want more than just a house. My clients see their home as a reflection of themselves, a place that both stimulates the senses and soothes the soul. I believe that great design comes from a collaborative and tailored experience, playing off the uniqueness of each client and the constraints of each project. From bookcases and houses in Austin to tech offices and high-rise condos in New York City, to opera facilities in Santa Fe, I've worked cross-country on a variety of projects. Design knows no scale, and with every project comes unique opportunities to do something special.​ While my studio is located in Collingswood, NJ, I am currently accepting commissions throughout the Philadelphia, New York City, and Austin, TX metro areas.

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