Summer President's Message
Dear AIA Members, Colleagues and Friends,
Sometimes, I wish I didn’t focus on sports as much as I do. The NBA finals are upon us as I write this message. I would have much more time available for more productive endeavors if I didn’t spend so much time watching sports. Whether it’s in person, on TV or on my iPhone, I watch all sports. I’ve even watched dart throwing recently. Ridiculous! So, it’s the Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers. Curry, Thompson, Draymond and Durant vs Lebron, just as predicted back in October. Why did they play the regular season if we knew who the conference champs were going to be last October?
In the Architecture world, why do we try out for projects where there appears to be a frontrunner or for projects which we haven’t done our homework and aren’t prepared? Let’s be honest, at one time or another, we have all pursued an already released RFP that we found in the newspaper. I know. I know. The Millennials are saying, “What’s a Newspaper”? Anyway, isn’t that about the worst way to pursue a project? Almost as bad is getting that telephone call or email from a consultant who has the ‘inside track’. They are always reluctant to volunteer that they are already on five other architectural teams. There are lots of excuses to submit on these ‘newspaper RFPs’. “It will be good practice, even if we lose.” “We’ll show the client that we’re interested in them, even if we lose.” “Maybe we’ll get lucky.” “Maybe everyone is so busy that ours’ will be the only submittal.” ...