Designing the Profile of the Future Architect By Marija Simović, Petar Simović

First and foremost, the Future Architect MUST fight the everyday stigma that’s being glued to this profession. That means that the Future Architect must resist the pattern of behavior of this profession so that the Architecture can progress. We cannot know for sure what that stigma is en général because each community has its own features and therefore influences Architecture and the architectural profession in its own way. Those local surroundings are constantly in conflict with the architectural profession, which is just one level of problem. The other is global and it is deeply connected with the very spirit of the 21st century.

The tools that are given to this profession in this century – the tools of digitalization – are demanding that everything become faster: the developing of the concept, the delivery of the project documentation. Those skills have led architecture in one direction that can be defined as fast architecture. Augmented hypervirtual reality has taken time from the Future Architect to nurture the Architectural process.

This is the right moment to get back to the basics. ARCHITECTURE NEEDS TIME. Almost everything about architecture is slow. The developing of ideas, the erecting of the buildings, the life of each building…Everything is unbearably slow in terms of contemporary efficiency. This is not a big problem, but it implies the loss of the battles that have already been won. Architecture and architects are in danger of ceasing to be a socially important profession. We simply don’t have enough time to develop and realize complicated and multi-layered urban and architectural ideas. We architects create more and more rarely ideas and buildings that are influential cultural phenomena. The profession is slowly gliding back to its medieval positions – the Feudal accessories of politics, capital, technological progress, digitalization. etc. All the above-mentioned leads to the provincialization of a profession that has already taken the position of actors in global change for the better.

Also, the pressure on young architects to be viral on-line has led to great disappointment because, once again, Architecture is a slow process. The Future Architect MUST comprehend the fact that, although the given digital tools are giving the possibility to design and present architecture in most various ways, in the end, the non-digital time and patience is essential as a part of the answer to the question of how to invest time properly.


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