Insight from the A + D community

From Jim Toy, Architecture Foundation of BC, Board Chair

During February and March of this year, the Board of Directors of the Architecture Foundation of BC  gathered information from members of the design community and external sources. The research, through phone interviews, were conducted with professionals from the architecture and interior design community. The questions we asked sought to gauge awareness levels of design community initiatives, opinions on building-design related outreach, education and programming. The feedback gathered provides the insight our board needs to build upon our collective vision, definition of purpose and a plan to meet our goals.

On behalf of the  AFBC board, I thank those who took the time to participate in our insight interviews. We learned there is an engaged, opinionated  A + D community willing to support the AFBC through ideas, time and board commitment. We know we have some work to do to communicate the AFBC’s purpose, place in the building design community and planning for the future.

Here are a few  key insights from our A+D survey:

  1. The AFBC is encouraged by the community to collaborate with other design-related groups to meet the objectives of building awareness for design in the built environment.
  2. What’s missing from the A+D community are support initiatives for smaller and emerging architecture firms; diversity and more networking opportunities that allow for interaction between interdisciplinary design professionals and clients.
  3. A lack of advocacy for architects, architecture  & design in the built environment means little support, awareness and personal relevance from the public.
  4. A general opinion amongst interviewees is that design education focused on the built environment will create a better-educated public who understand how problems are solved through design.
  5. Interviewees unanimously felt that design education programming for children is important. They felt our communities will benefit by having residents better educated on the impact of design in the built environment. The result will be improved building–related decision making in our communities.
  6. There is an engaged, caring community willing to share their expertise and help the AFBC fulfill its mission of outreach to the public, educational programming and interdisciplinary collaboration.

We hope you’ll look forward to hearing more from the AFBC in the near future. In the meantime, if you are interested in joining the board or making yourself available for volunteer opportunities, please connect with us!