Some expected changes that will remake the design professions:

Some expected changes that will remake the design professions:

1. Digital innovation will provide new communication solutions for designers. If speed is a core value for you, the tools to create fast solutions are here: advanced personal assistant devices, comprehensive digital phones, project management software parametric CAD, and advanced speech recognition too. As architects and designers are in the communications business, the implications are profound.

2. Design-Build will challenge all in A/E/C to become more entrepreneurial. There is no doubt today that design-build is a growing and satisfying service delivery option for those seeking a single point of responsibility and accountability.

3. Nanotechnology is everywhere. Not just in smaller chips but also in sophisticated robots on construction sites, in office tools, and even in clothing that contains computers and heat tubes. Imagine the implications for smart buildings and security.

4. New economies will increasingly value the creative and knowledge entrepreneurs—“the creative class”—as the solution providers of the future. Those who hold “design jobs” will become less influential.

5. Professional firms will become “data central.” Increasingly, firms will have the opportunity to serve as repositories for facility management documentation, branding evolution, restoration records, and thousands of expanding service areas – the central source for creative knowledge management.

6. Firms’ management of “information glut” will be critical in design communications. Truly useful information is easily blurred, buried, and lost of the quantity of information now available. Firms that are proficient in knowledge management and use the latest technology and Internet organizing systems will be winners.

7. Green, sustainable and regenerative design solutions are critical. Excellence, quality, and innovation will be in high demand in green and sustainable design, and the A/E/C professional is uniquely gifted to meet these challenges. The Nantucket Principles developed by the Design Futures Council are correct: if we don’t design within this paradigm, we won’t survive. We predict 75 percent of firms of 10 or more will have LEED-certified staff within 18 months.

8. Security is becoming a key consideration in urban design, product, process, and building design. Increasingly, “feeling safe” design will be in demand, as will experts and facilitators of these design systems.

9. Commercial and institutional environments will increasingly become part of the “experience economy.” Shopping centers, children’s hospitals, schools and offices are becoming spaces that make people feel good and elevate the human spirit.

10. Architects, engineers, and designers offering creativity and “an attitude of strategic optimism” will be sought out by clients. Agility and optimistic problem solving will be a prime attribute in the years ahead. Creative intelligence combined with a positive attitude armed with compassion and reinvention is what clients want.

Source: Counsel House Research, Greenway Group