These are exciting times in our profession. Change is in the air. Our perception of ourselves is changing. Joe Public’s perception of us is changing. For the first time in a long time we’re thinking differently and many of us are working differently.
Last month Bob Borson issued a challenge. Before it was over, 14 writers answered 11 Frequently Asked Questions about what it’s like to be an Architect.
That effort has been dubbed #ArchiTalks. We hope to make this group writing thing a monthly event.
Did you miss last month’s articles? “11 Frequently Asked Questions About Being An Architect” lists my answers to the 11 FAQ’s plus links to everyone else’s answers (that’s 154 answers in all).
This month, the #ArchiTalks challenge was to write on the topic of “This is Exciting.”
I don’t know what that’s supposed to mean but I think that was the point. What is exciting? What is ‘This?’ Who are ‘They?’ Answers may vary.
Well, I’m up to the challenge and so are my friends. You can find a list of links to their thoughts on “This is Exciting” below.
So what’s exciting me?
In my mind, the business of architecture has remained essentially unchanged for generations … until recently.
Here are 5 “RE’s” that I believe signal rapid and significant change that will positively impact the future of our profession:
It has suddenly dawned on us that the historical “Architect” wasn’t a middle-aged white man wearing a white shirt and tie sitting in a non-descript glass office in the sky surrounded by green-topped drafting tables.
Maybe we’re tired of letting ourselves be relegated to the role of the one’s who “draw the blueprints.”
We remember that an Architect was once so much more. We’re asserting that an Architect is today so much more.
We’re thinking about ways that Architects can contribute on a greater level, to the greater good. We’re coming up with new ideas about what an Architect can do and what an Architect can be.
We’re changing our role; we’re expanding our role.
We’re realizing that we need Architects and our creative, critical thinking minds in all sectors of business, government, education and beyond.
We’re admitting that we’ve known this all along but are finally ready act on it and accept and encourage our peers who venture down these paths.
Our Young Professionals are reaching out to us; we’re reaching back. The role of the Emerging Professional is expanding. Our leaders are starting to understand that without our EP’s we can’t move forward.
Small firms are standing up and speaking out. Women are leading and being recognized. Together our diversity is enriching our story.
The energy is building. These changes are a catalyst. We’re nearing a point of critical mass. There’s an excitement and confidence and swagger that’s been missing for some time.
We’re changing how we communicate. We’re talking about our value. We’re making a case for our professional skills, knowledge, leadership and expertise.
We’re taking a stand.
We’re producing Podcasts and Television Programing. We’re writing and photographing and publishing. We’re telling our story; a new story; a better story.
Has anything changed?
So has the business of architecture changed that much? Yes and no. We’re the same dysfunctional bunch we’ve always been but I believe that we’re finally stepping up.
We’re finally taking responsibility for the BUSINESS of architecture. We’re playing the role of BUSINESS professionals, not just design professionals. We’re working to build a better profession.
While we’re doing a better job at telling our story, we’re also doing a better job at listening.
This is the change and the change is exciting.
Here’s a list of other professionals that are stepping up and pushing us forward. Let’s see what’s exciting them:
Bob Borson at Life of an Architect (@bobborson): “This is Exciting: The Beginning of the End”
Jes Stafford at Modus Operandi Design (@modarchitect): “This is Exciting – It All Comes Together”
Oscia Wilson at Boiled Architecture (@oscia_wilson): “This is Exciting: They’re Fighting it Out!”
Matthew Stanfield at FiELD 9 architecture (@FIELD9arch): “This is Exciting …”
Jeremiah Russell at Jeremiah S. Russell, Architect (@ronestudioarch): “I’m So Excited!”
Marica McKeel at Studio MM (@ArchitectMM): “From Dreams to Reality: THIS is Exciting”
Enoch Sears at The Business of Architecture (@BusinessofArch): “This is Exciting: Marketing for Architects that Works”
Mark R. Lepage at Entrepreneur Architect (@EntreArchitect): “This is Exciting – Making a Difference at Entrepreneur Architect”
Evan Troxel at The Archispeak Podcast (@etroxel): “This is Exciting … Because it’s Real”
Nicholas Renard at Cote Renard Architecture (@coterenard): “This Right Here, This is Exciting”
Lee Calisti at lee CALISTI architecture + design (@leecalisti): “This is Exciting :: Start + Finish”
Cormac Phalen at The Archispeak Podcast (@archispk & @archy_type): “The End is Like the Beginning”
If you’re interested in joining in the #ArchiTalks fun for future posts leave a comment in the Speak Your Mind area below and I’ll make sure you’re including on the email chain going forward.
My goal is to start an open dialogue and let Architect of the Internet be a forum where we can all learn to have success in the business of architecture through Social Media.