The Global Challenge for architects
Kenny Ingram, from IFS, looks at how the construction industry is evolving, and one of the first points he makes is about the need for better qualified entrants into the industry because of the increased sophistication of the tools on hand – 3D modelling, 3D printing, The Internet of Things (IoT), etc, to point to just a few. The problem is that companies are finding it hard to recruit those with the requisite skills at all levels.
He points out, though, the vast impact that those who do enter the construction industry will have on the countries infrastructure. I have long held the view that the challenges facing the world – and not just the UK – will stretch the talents of any architect who has to address the problems of global warming, scarce energy and water resources, urban migration, personal safety. Offset by the new and developing tools at hand – new materials and building methods, advanced building design software, enhanced building simulation and analysis tools, and building performance measuring tools, so that you can assess what impact your designs have on the community before they are built.
Who wouldn’t want to be placed in such an influential position. Who wouldn’t want to mould and improve the world for future generations?
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