ARTICLE | 2017

010110 Principal Speaks at EVDA on the 'Structure of the Profession'

MARCH 30, 2017 AT 16:00

One One Ten Principal Architect, Spencer Court, presented as a guest of the University of Calgary EVDA graduate program, Professor Tang Lee and course instructor Justin Saly (Principal, Stantec Architecture) on the topic of professional architectural practice and the changing nature of the profession.

Spencer's talk gave a synopsis of his career path to date offering insights to master's students on the various roles architects find themselves working in the public realm beyond traditional practice and his observations on the current overlaps and competition for scope in building design. Later, Spencer conveyed a summary of One One Ten's collective hybrid strategy as an alternative mode of architectural practice that continues to evolve within the Alberta market and its conception as a design for practice and emerging atelier.

Spencer's talk also addressed the constraints and opportunities of other less prolific practice frameworks, such as 'architect-as-developer' and other practice modalities becoming more prevalent in the United States including structured hybrid firms pursuing 'architect-led design build'. The purpose of the lecture was to reveal the broad areas of practice that architects continue to find themselves contributing to in the built environment from advocacy roles championing design culture at municipal levels external to professional practice to policy making, academia, municipal development, conservation efforts and even visualization and entertainment.

The adaptiveness of the architectural profession to change was questioned in comparison to the pace of other participants in the building industry (owners, contractors, developers, building engineers) and our profession's percieved emphasis and interest in advancing architectural design (rather than simultaneously making progressive advances to adapt modes of practice). Like buildings, architectural practices should also be thoroughly designed, responsive and sustainable, and the acceptance of new design technologies and tools which compliment the architect's broad skillset and training lends itself to proactively conceiving alternatives beyond the boundaries of traditional architectural practice.

Please visit the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary for further information on undergraduate and graduate programs in architecture, landscape architecture, planning and environmental design.

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