Resilience

To me “resilience” is to not accept failure, to work harder each time the challenge is bigger, and to keep trying until I succeed. I’m not sure where it all ends, but I’m far from my end. Each one of us has that energy within us to bounce up when we fall. We are designed with the mechanism needed to reach the top and win each failure. This applies to every aspect of our lives. The fact that you are reading this proves that you are a professional who is curious to read your organization’s newsletter, and are still surviving in the midst of the seemingly never-ending recession. You have what it takes.

This is the first recession I’ve faced. But as I understand from my superiors the cycle of recession repeats itself again and again, while some stress that this is the worst recorded recession. Simple conclusion is that even when things get better, another recession will come back after a few more years. The building industry is one of the worst hit industries each time. We need to figure out a way so we don’t suffer this next time around.

We started this year with the theme of “rejuvenating architecture” in which we pledged to fight back the results of 2009 recession with renewed energy. How are we doing? We are coming to an end of this year very quickly. Have we architects done better this year than the previous? What are our future prospects? Don’t give in yet; be resilient. We will prevail.

The “it” word these days is “resilient” in all sorts of business world discussions. Architects shouldn’t stay behind. On November 17 the AIA Las Vegas Emerging Professionals and Young Architects Forum (EPYAF) has organized a half day workshop on the theme of “Resilient Architecture”. While we try to stay afloat in these tough times, maybe we should take advantage of the down time and gain some skills to avoid facing similar problems in future. There are certain avenues that we can focus on, maybe some level of diversification, and key steps we could take to secure our futures as the leaders of the building industry. Based on the predicted future trends of the profession, the workshop will focus on four areas – wellness, education, technology, and economy. The results of the workshop will be presented at the end of the evening. This workshop might widen your perspective towards future, so please join us. The details of the workshop are included in the newsletter.

By the way, election period is here! More than ever our legislative committee is working very diligently during this election to plant some seeds in our leaders’ future plans. We were approached by Senator Horsford to help on the plans for “Envisioning Nevada’s Future” created by the Nevada Vision Stakeholder Group. Our task force is working together on the expansion of the vision.

We are continuing to increase the PAC funding, and support all the leaders’ policies that help the future of our profession. AIA is a non-partisan association and provides a support system to all candidates who need guidance from architectural or construction standpoint. If you are in support of a candidate and would like AIA’s assistance in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Don’t forget to vote.

And now for smiles, I’d like to congratulate all the winners of 2010 AIA Nevada Design Awards and Honor Awards. Thanks to everybody who participated and I encourage you to do so again next time. Congratulations to all the winners of product show giveaways, and thanks to all the exhibitors and speakers for the CE classes. If you attended the WMR conference, share with us your stories!

Enjoy the winter and have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Rejuvenating Architecture

The calls started in 2008… “Is your firm hiring? I’m looking.” The calls increased with time. Halfway through 2009, the phone went silent. The lay-offs hadn’t stopped, but it was known by then that nobody was hiring. Firm owners had lost well-trained competent employees. The decisions were tough and heartbreaking, but had to be made. Managers lost key team members, while the team members lost their source of income. Some were forced to change their field to make ends meet, some moved away, while others are just waiting. Everybody lost top to bottom. The biggest loss… morale.

What do we do when we’ve suffered a major loss? We fight back! Forget the past, its history. We need to spend our energy looking ahead, not in the rearview mirror. The innovators and risk-takers will survive; those who wait for the better times are not the fittest. The focus needs to shift to future possibilities and making them happen through any associated costs. The key tool – adaptability. Future is uncertain; but if things were certain, there’ll be no reason to fight!

Let us reestablish architects as the leaders of the built environment. To rejuvenating architecture!