The AIA 2030 Commitment: Organizational Learning

November 30, 2012
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What does your architecture firm know about sustainable design?

I’m not asking what YOU know about sustainable design. What you know is between your ears. What an organization “knows” is different.

The book that brought me to the fascinating topic of organizational knowledge was Peter Senge’s The Fifth Discipline. It introduced me to the concept of systems thinking. Through systems thinking, organizational leaders can connect people to a shared vision and evaluate how … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Who Benefits?

November 12, 2012
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“Sure. You can sign this 2030 thing. We could ALL sign it, but we would still FAIL!”

The man standing at the microphone made a scribbling-across-his-palm gesture to signify writing and paused for us to feel the impact of his impassioned and imploring expression. We – speakers at a panel presentation – squirmed in our seats waiting to see which of us would address this “question” from the audience.

Fail? Us? How?

The American Society … [Read More]