Link: The 2014 AIA Foresight Report by Evan Troxel

I'm humbled and excited to see my name and a lot of my colleagues mentioned in this year's AIA Foresight Report. It seems some people actually listen to our podcast! The report is a very well done state of the union as it pertains the architectural profession. Read the whole thing - there's lots of good information in there and it will provide a nice cross section of everything that's going on in the profession.

Thanks to the AIA for the mention.


No one can predict the future, but we can increase our chances of success through research and preparation. The AIA Foresight Report can help in allowing you to evaluate both the trends that got us to this point and those that are at work in the moment. We hope you find it useful! We will continue doing all we can to help your firms—and the practice and art of architecture as a whole—prosper in these exciting times.

Link: Repositioning - The AIA Needs to Change by Evan Troxel

Mickey Jacob, FAIA, 2013 President: 

If we fail to act on our own dissatisfaction with the status quo, if we accept business as usual, if we say there are too few of us to make a difference, we will not simply slide toward irrelevance, but we will move there at warp speed.

This is the kind of talk I can get behind. But talk is cheap. The AIA is "repositioning" based on the general disdain architects are feeling for the profession and it's professional organization. Mark LePage over at Entrepreneur Architect summarizes his thoughts that I totally agree with - I'll believe it when I see it. It sounds good, but what we need are actions. My skepticism is further fueled by applying Betteridge's Law to Mark's blog article title: Will the AIA Repositioning Effort Succeed?

Mark LePage: 

Do you think it will be successful and help to rebuild a profession in crisis? Or, do you think it’s just another well intended plan destined for the pile of failures previously offered by AIA National?

I'm sure about one thing: the architects that are willing to get their hands dirty and do the work will change the industry, with or without the AIA. I hope the AIA National will be a resource for us to do so, and not just stand on the sidelines and watch.

Now let's see something.  Let's start over, shall we? We should all be asking ourselves how we can help.

The AIA national convention is happening next week in Denver. I hope there is a lot more dialog about this subject coming out of it. This all needs to have happened yesterday.