Change is the only Constant
by John Stebbins, Assoc. AIA
The forces that will encourage the architectural profession to change in response to the opportunities BIM presents:
- Leadership from within the Noble Craft. Get involved with your local AIA, join the buildingSMART Alliance, join the Association of General Contractors, etc.
- Losing jobs to other architects that are more BIM-powered
- Give up fear: of change and of releasing the digital model as part of the “new deliverables” (yes, make sure you get a signed waiver from whomever you release your intellectual property to)
- Get trained and don’t look back
- Become change leaders within your own firms (realize that leaders often take people where they do not want to initially go, so expect resistance)
- Realize that we have always been in the information business (drawings have always been information) and learn to leverage the “I” in BIM
- Never stop learning! “In times of change, learners inherit the earth.” – Erich Fromm
- Plan your work, work your plan, for successful BIM implementation
- Invent the future: “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay
- Discover new ways to place value on your work, beyond fee for service, hourly rates, percentage of construction…how about a percentage ownership in the building or project…an ongoing income stream, for starters?
- Dare: take more risks, be bolder, be more introspective; for example…work more closely with contractors; ask them what they want to see in project deliverables and to critique your profession…then respond accordingly.
- Use the slow time in the economy to reinvent yourself and your business.