1. There should be redoubled efforts, east and west, regarding the sharing, mentoring with younger generations, and providing necessary resources to generation X and Y on bringing forward the most talented future leadership into our industry. Incentives should encourage bright designers, engineers, and contractors into what will be “a new AEC industry — one loaded with opportunities”.

  2. New leadership strategies should be developed and advocated. Leadership should voice the importance of design solutions that advance our global cities of the future. With urban areas under increasing stress, we should use design and leadership strategies ratcheted up beyond past attempts. DesignIntelligence should feature models in the future.

  3. Fast architecture (together with quality enhancements) will require new models and organizations. Architects and designers should challenge the traditional paradigms of speed. With speed, quality should not be sacrificed – architects and other DFC leaders should initiate this understanding more decisively worldwide.

  4. Integration of disciplines and processes is unfolding at a rapid pace. Professional practice and education leaders need to embrace this change and bring forward new organizational design solutions that overcome present day weaknesses.

  5. While competitive forces can be positive and can bring forward innovation, firm leaders are also encouraged to improve sharing and collaboration in order to advance new best practices.

  6. The preservation of historic structures should be a high priority in design and real estate development. Our cities are being transformed rapidly to accommodate increasing population and extra care should be taken regarding heritage sites and preservation opportunities.

  7. Green and sustainable design is of critical importance and leaders are encouraged to integrate the latest technologies along with design processes. Tighter anti-pollution rules are encouraged for the built environment in China, the United States, and worldwide.

  8. One of the most important priorities on a global scale is how design might better enhance the human condition in our cities. This requires questioning of such issues as scale, light, structure, cost and quality, in the urban mix.

  9. There should be new emphasis given to leadership form and style, not only content and this includes advancing, persuasive leadership skills – not the adversarial that our industry is known for. This design proactive style should include community leadership as well as leadership and innovation in design and construction enterprise.

  10. New attention should be given to the quality of communications between design and industry professionals globally. Communications should be structured to encourage leaders to learn from each other with focus especially on issues of A. Criteria, B. Processes, and C. Achievements.

In later discussions on the campus, we learned of significant interest on the part of China’s architects to export services globally.