Without questions there can be no answers. Yet we’re often reluctant to ask questions because answering, or the answers, can be scary.

“When will you return?” it’s a poignant questions. It’s potentially also a hard one to answer.
“When will you return?” it’s a poignant questions. It’s potentially also a hard one to answer.
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Architectural practice is hard. The challenges are never ending and often for diminishing reward. It’s also the best job ever when it all works. So when practice isn’t working the way we’d like, how might we [re]start our architectural practice?

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Architect’s voices are often too quiet to be heard despite having a lot to offer conversations on the common good. How might they rethink what that means and what they can do about it?

You have to put yourself out there to create a movement. Wave a flag. Stand out. Stand on the prow.
You have to put yourself out there to create a movement. Wave a flag. Stand out. Stand on the prow.
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If we’re to believe architects, the practice of architecture has a marketing problem. Their contention is that they’re not being heard, valued or acknowledged to the degree they might expect.

A glimpse of the top of a flat iron building. A little like the tip of the iceberg, with so much more out of the frame.
A glimpse of the top of a flat iron building. A little like the tip of the iceberg, with so much more out of the frame.
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If we were to consider architectural practice from first principles. Might we see new ways to frame practice?

A box of timber type letters. The fundamental form of words from which there is so much possibility.
A box of timber type letters. The fundamental form of words from which there is so much possibility.
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Architecture awards are an important part of the culture and it’s therefore important to consider what they’re for and who they’re for.

A coffee cup with “Best Dad” written across it. A pretty arbitary award and relly only meaningful to the person who owns it.
A coffee cup with “Best Dad” written across it. A pretty arbitary award and relly only meaningful to the person who owns it.
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How do architects view their legacy and might it be necessary to reframe the current thinking?

I decomposing plane as an alalogue for limiuted thinking. Aplane does one thing, and then it’s gone.
I decomposing plane as an alalogue for limiuted thinking. Aplane does one thing, and then it’s gone.
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Thought experiment: What if architects considered Business Development for the profession instead for their own businesses?
(Tip: look for the twist at the end)

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If you were to start an architecture practice from first principles, what questions might you ask? What other questions might be helpful?

A building under construciton. With very visible basic elements of concrete and support structures.
A building under construciton. With very visible basic elements of concrete and support structures.
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The work an architect does evolves over time. This work often defies expectation. It also involves new skills that must often be learnt.

Balloons soaring through the sky after much preparation.
Balloons soaring through the sky after much preparation.
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“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

Michael Lewarne

| Not inclined to stay inside the | lines.

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