3 Things I Hope Change in Architecture

This month’s #ArchiTalks series is on the topic “Architecture of Change”. Now, as with all ArchiTalks topics, we can take that topic in any direction we choose to. So I decided to take it into the direction of what would I like to see change in architecture in the 5 to 10 years. Here are the 3 Things I Hope Change in Architecture.

  1. That architects and firms would work together and share ideas that could improve the entire industry versus being so competitive and keeping their secrets for themselves. I know this is a crazy concept, the idea that companies that essentially have to compete against each other to win work could actually work together for the good of industry. I know there are plenty of firms that will partner up with another firm to win a job, and that’s good and all. But I’m talking about all of the research and development that firms spend tons of hours and man power and money to make happen. The new materials and methods they may test, the new software they may develop, a better way to help the next generation. I hope to see more collaboration, more shared research, and more team spirit for the profession as a whole instead of cheering for just the home team.
  2. More females and more diversity in the industry. This one has been a topic for years now. And yet, still only 25.3% of the profession are women. In the article Diversity: Not a women-only problem by Steve Cimino, the numbers are quite staggering as you move from number of women that start in architecture school and then drop going into the profession and then drop again to licensure and leadership roles.
    Women in Architecture Graphic Data from the article "Diversity: Not a ‘women-only problem’"
    Graphic data from the article “Diversity: Not a ‘women-only problem’”

    Not only is it just good for women to have more females in the field, it’s better for the entire profession, which is what Steve discusses in the article. While the numbers have improved over the last few decades, there’s no reason that our profession can’t one day be 50/50. And what if we throw in more ethnic diversity to those numbers? Imagine the incredible value that architecture would gain if more than 50% of our industry came from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds? Could be pretty incredible.

  3. Make architecture more accessible to everyone. I’m super pumped to be attending a class at AIA Conference on Architecture called “The Power of Public Interest Design: Serving the Other 90%”. I believe architecture is a tool to help improve the lives of those around us – and that means everyone around us, not just the ones that can afford to pay us our fee.
    Rural Studio Greensboro Boys and Girls Club (image from RuralStudio.org)
    Rural Studio Greensboro Boys and Girls Club (image from RuralStudio.org)

    Programs like Rural Studio at Auburn University begin teaching this idea to their students through their design-build program, where they primarily focus on designing and building projects for one of the poorest counties in Alabama. Louisiana Tech University’s studio designs and builds much needed projects for Med Camps of Louisiana, a non-profit organization, provides one-week camps each summer free of charge for children in Louisiana with disabilities. Better Block tries to improve communities and underutilized areas with the most basic of materials. We can make a difference for the other 90% if more of us will just get together and take the time to do it.

These are the things I hope to see change in the next 5 or 10 years, and I hope that I can help by being a part of that change. What do you want to see change in architecture?

As I mentioned, this post is part this month’s #ArchiTalks series. Check out more great blogs on this topic below!

Marica McKeel – Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)

ArchiTalks : Architecture of Change

Lee Calisti, AIA – Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
architecture for change

Lora Teagarden – L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
Architect(ure) of Change

Collier Ward – One More Story (@BuildingContent)
Architecture of Change

Jeremiah Russell, AIA – ROGUE Architecture (@rogue_architect)
architecture of change: #architalks

Eric T. Faulkner – Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
Change — The Document Evolution

brady ernst – Soapbox Architect (@bradyernstAIA)
The Architecture of Change: R/UDAT

Brian Paletz – The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
Architecture = Change

Michael LaValley – Evolving Architect (@archivalley)
My Architecture of Change / Hitting Pause to Redesign My Life

Brinn Miracle – Architangent (@architangent)
Architecture of Change: Building a Legacy

Samantha R. Markham – The Aspiring Architect (@TheAspiringArch)
3 Things I Hope Change in Architecture

Nisha Kandiah – ArchiDragon (@ArchiDragon)
The art of Architecture of Change

Jim Mehaffey – Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)

Mark Stephens – Mark Stephens Architects (@architectmark)
The Architecture of Change

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3 Comments on “3 Things I Hope Change in Architecture

  1. Samantha, I admire your aspirations for our profession and applaud your efforts.
    (And because you asked) I voted for this blog for the JDR 2017 Industry Blogger Awards.


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