Eric Rawlings of Rawlings Design, Inc. promotes the value of homes designed by architects:
The recent problem with the lending industry may have been caused by shady lending practices resulting in massive numbers of foreclosures, but it persists in part due to the overbuilding of low-quality speculative houses in the exurbs that aren’t selling. No one wants to drive farther to work now that gas prices are hitting that threshold of pain. It is obvious that people don’t want ugly, poorly designed, disposable houses, because these are the ones barely moving now that the buyer’s market is wide open.
We architects need to lobby for our worth! We need average people to understand the value of design, and therefore more of us need to engage in residential design projects