Notice, I put myself in this category because I recognize that I have procrastinated on some of the items that I am looking to accomplish in my life. And maybe I am the only one, but I don't think so. I have had many discussions with classmates and co-workers who wish the profession of architecture was different. I am assuming that they want better recognition and compensation for the work that they produce. Now that I think of it, I could be wrong because as things are now, the profession is changing. It is changing to a point where architects could be so marginalized they are legislated into a requirement for the building process and only asked to accomplish those tasks required by law.
One example of this was the limited involvement architects had in crafting the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The AIA and their federal advocacy team did an outstanding job of bringing architects' issues to policy makers on capitol hill, but at the end of the day, the relationships lawmakers had with their constituents ultimately decided the final legislation.
Architects have a role in the representatives' future in Washington. I can tell you I personally witnessed the desire for information by the staff members of the congressmen about well designed communities, the importance of light-rail transportation solutions, and sustainable construction assemblies as it pertained to stimulating the economy. These young professionals recognized the value of the education we on which pride ourselves requiring to be a part of the architecture profession.