“People change when the pain of staying the same outweighs the pain of changing.” (variously attributed)
Contemplating this quote, my thoughts turned to the architecture profession. The profession is hurting, we face a number of challenges: poor fees and/or fee undercutting, procurement practices, public misapprehension of the value of architects, poor business practices, gender equity, to name the most prominent. Efforts are being made on a number fronts to address these challenges. Yet in a failure of culture and leadership, the profession is surprisingly resistant to making the necessary changes to address the challenges.Read more →
Is there a leadership deficit in architecture?
I contend that there is.
It’s something I’ve been contemplating of late. In a recent conversation with my colleague, Melonie Bayl-Smith, she observed that people seem to be more willing to throw money at an issue, rather than actually do something about it themselves. She noted parents were willingly paying a coach for their child’s football team, rather than taking on the role themselves. We wondered, is the same attitude manifest in the profession? Are architects paying membership fees to their representative institutions, in part, to absolve themselves from leadership responsibility?Read more →