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

AIA: 8 Climate Change Principles

The American Institute of Architects has published a guide for architects and policymakers on key principles to battling climate change. It’s great to see the AIA speaking out on the topic; hopefully they will continue to advocate and use their influence to affect the political side of things. Us, as architects, are only part of the equation.

AIA: Where We Stand: Climate Change

Photo courtesy of Iwan Baan/AIA

Collaborating with Architects

A video blog I highly recommend anyone to follow, Matt Risinger’s latest post focuses on a topic that is core to any successful project: collaboration between the contractor and architect. By bringing a contractor in to the design team early on in a project, you’re able to alleviate many of the potential issues of a traditional design-bid-build process, as well as having a far better grasp on the estimated costs of the project. Check out Matt’s video with Austin architect Matt Fajkus for more information.