It's been shamefully long since we've posted an update on our whereabouts and happenings, so here goes. First-up: Phase Two (?!) is off and running.
Early in PRE's planning, we recognized that the need for further work experience and professional development would not simply disappear because we happened to enter the profession into a nonexistent job market during a recession. The hope, of course, was that we might use the forced downtime strategically and carefully to examine modes of practice, develop an infrastrucutre for practice, and generally lay some appropriate groundwork in order to make fuller sense of hte opportunities that would eventually come back around. While the economy has not by any stretch recovered (and honestly probably should not return to its former modus operandi), we at PRE have been lucky to start (separately) acquiring some of that much needed, real-world street cred.
Briefly, Zachary is hard at work at Leslie Gill and coteaching with Mabel Wilson at GSAPP; Aaron is at Heintges; and Leah is currently dividing her time between NYU and Urbanscale. The differences in our so-called day jobs sleak to the multi- and interdisciplinary approach to which PRE remains as committed as ever, and the promise of what these varied skillsets and experiences may bring to a single team is only more exciting the more we learn.
The full swing of Phase Two does not mean that the research that began two years ago has been halted, abandoned, nor back-burnered in any way. On the contrary, the Conversations with Architects research (on modes of practice and office development through economic cycles) has taken a few interesting and promising turns over the recent months and is beginning to shape up into a more compelling product that we could have earlier imagined.
In other upcoming news, Aaron and Leah will be delivering a keynote talk at the AIA Georgia Chapter's 2011 Design Conference next month. The conference theme is "One Architect/One Future," and while the final touches are still being put on the presentation, we'll be excited to share its main points soon.