What does Michelle Obama have to do with architecture? Sure, it was nice to hear her perspective about working with an architect for the Obama Presidential Library, but why Michelle?
What does Amy Cuddy have to do with architecture? Of course her research on mind-body interplay is worth sharing, but why Amy?
And, really, what does hip hop music have to do with architecture? Why would we invite the hip-hop architect, Michael Ford, to share his work with us at A’17 AIA Conference on Architecture?
Michelle also reminded us that the struggle is real for minorities in design and that balance in life for any of us is not easy, nor will it ever be, which is why we need the work Amy Cuddy shares. By re-igniting our self-confidence through our power pose, Amy expects each of us to bring your boldest self to your biggest challenge. While Amy may not know what our biggest challenge as architects is, Michael Ford sure has a few thoughts.
Using the lyrics of Grandmaster Flash’s ‘The Message’, Michael challenged us. While some sang along, others rolled their eyes, setting Michael up perfectly to present his challenge: If you don’t like the lyrics you hear in hip-hop music, do something to change the communities they come from.
So, to our firm leaders, when your young team members are looking to get involved, surely support the networker who wants to join the local Chamber of Commerce, but just as equally value the dreamer who wants to mentor a middle-schooler or shelter the homeless. After all, how can we expect colorful built environments when we only have a two-dimensional, monotone palette of architects?