Architects in Australia face many challenges right now and it’s similar elsewhere no doubt.
A plea for change echos throughout the profession. Frequently accompanied, perhaps not with a demand, but something closely resembling one. A description of the change that they want to see. One that involves someone else changing.
The problem here is, it’s not a fair exchange. It doesn’t engender good will. It certainly doesn’t engender trust.
Looking at it from the other side for a moment, it’s not just architects that have challenges. Of course it’s not. Everyone is just trying to do their best with what they have.
What if instead architects were to reframe this as an opportunity to offer assistance.
“We see there’s a problem here. How might we help? We have an idea that may improve the situation for everyone. We’d love your input so we can all work on this together.”
An offering is able to build connections, trust, by showing you are willing to give something, to change yourself, or to contribute to change. It’s a more generous posture and avoids coming across as self-serving.
When trying to make change happen, first consider your offering. Then discuss together the change you might all be able to make.