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Being a “thought leader” is the new, hot cliché of the decade. How can you tell if somebody really “leads thinking”, or if they just are showing a flash of previously concealed hubris, or simply trying to hitch a ride to where the action might be? If somebody labels themselves as a “thought leader” in...Continue Reading
The Australian Institute of Architects this May held its annual conference on the theme The Changing Role of Risk in Architecture. A fantastic group of international speakers prodded and poked the idea of risk from all angles, but mainly from a higher plane than we typically think about it: “How to stay away from claims”....Continue Reading
The terrific Australian Institute of Architects RISK 2015 national conference just finished – and for sure the big, hairy elephant in the room was RISK. A battalion of great presenters felt its various parts, reported what they found, and a few even dared to take off their dark glasses. Just as in the ancient parable,...Continue Reading
It’s not simple; it’s possible to lose your way navigating the options. ETHICS are moral principles that govern behaviour. Architects have 4 levels of ethical issues to consider: Client relationships – listen, make and keep promises, solve problems, spend the client’s money wisely, and deal fairly; Professional relationships – respecting prior agreements between clients and...Continue Reading
Managing risk in design & construction is a bit like fire-walking: The trick is to get to the other side without getting burned. Some can, some can’t. But read up on the risky art of fire-walking, and it turns out that the coals have to be cool enough not to burn your feet. Moral of the...Continue Reading