2018 through the eyes of architects

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The most memorable stories from AIA.org and ARCHITECT Magazine highlight the topics architects are thinking about, as well as the work they’ve accomplished.

2018 was a year of progress for architecture and for AIA, as the Institute embraced calls for a more diverse and equitable profession, prepared for a technological revolution, and continued to support sustainable strategies that can help combat climate change. This review revisits the top stories from AIA.org and ARCHITECT Magazine that highlighted the best and brightest the profession has to offer.

Technology is trending

“Many in the industry are derogatory towards technology or see it as subservient, and that’s one of the things I’ve been working hard to change.” The words of Cory Brugger, Assoc. AIA, chief technology officer at HKS, resonate now more than ever. Technology is reshaping the world, and it’s time for architecture to welcome the new tools at their disposal. Here are some steps the profession has already taken:

Making an impact

One of the Institute’s main focuses in 2018 was creating a Blueprint for Better, using programs like the AIA Film Challenge to highlight how architects strengthen communities. We also took action, advocating for two pieces of legislation on disaster recovery and education that became law as a result of our outreach to members of Congress. Learn more about architects that are examining big questions and improving the world around them:

Time’s up

One of the major themes at AIA Conference on Architecture 2018—also known as A’18—was equity, diversity, and inclusion. Through new resolutions and personal commitments to collective action, architects proclaimed that it was time for change. Find out how else the Institute and its members are contributing to a more equitable and inclusive profession:

Practice makes perfect

The final keynote speaker at A’18 was a firm CEO who shared her biggest frustration with a room full of architects. “We spend so little time talking about the actual business of architecture,” lamented Sheela Søgaard, chief executive officer of Bjarke Ingels Group, who proceeded to explain the firm’s philosophies to a truly captive audience at Radio City Music Hall. Fortunately, AIA places an emphasis on helping members better run their businesses. Here are some of the year’s best stories on firm and practice management:

Sustainable strategies, sustainable future

The clock is ticking on global warming, and architects need to be at the forefront of answering the latest calls for urgency. Though the 2018 report from AIA’s 2030 Commitment shows genuine progress, incremental steps forward will not be enough. This isn’t just about energy; new research into materials, healthy design, and resilience has given architects more tools than ever to create a more sustainable environment. It’s up to all firms and all designers to rethink how they do business and help make the world a healthier, stronger, better place.

Steve Cimino is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor with a focus on architecture and design.

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