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Millennials in Architecture

Millennials in Architecture
Generations, Disruption, and the Legacy of a Profession

The first book to explore the impact of the newest generation of architects—with a call for firms and educators to foster leadership in Millennials, tapping their innovative capacity to shape the twenty-first century.

June 2019
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336 pages | 6 x 9 | Hardcover has a printed case, no dust jacket | 2 b&w photos, 3 b&w charts/graphs |

Much has been written about Millennials, but until now their growing presence in the field of architecture has not been examined in-depth. In an era of significant challenges stemming from explosive population growth, climate change, and the density of cities, Millennials in Architecture embraces the digitally savvy disruptors who are joining the field at a crucial time, as it grapples with the best ways to respond to a changing physical world.

Taking a clear-eyed look at the new generation in the context of the design professions, Darius Sollohub begins by situating Millennials in a line of generations stretching back to early Modernism, exploring how each generation negotiates the ones before and after. He then considers the present moment, closely evaluating the significance of Millennial behaviors and characteristics (from civic-mindedness to collaboration, and time management in a 24/7 culture), all underpinned by fluency in the digital world. The book concludes with an assessment of the profound changes and opportunities that Millennial disruption will bring to education, licensure, and firm management. Encouraging new alliances, Millennials in Architecture is an essential resource for the architectural community and its stakeholders.

  • Part One: A Twenty-First-Century Generation

    • 1. Introduction: Millennials, Architecture, and Disruption
    • 2. Who Are the Millennials?
    • 3. Generations in Historical Context: Generation X, Boomers, Silents, GIs
    • 4. Working with Generational Theory
    • 5. Architectural History by Generation
  • Part Two: Challenges, Benefits, Vulnerabilities
    • 6. Generational Alignment Strategies: Millennials, Generation X, Boomers, Silents
    • 7. Collaboration: Millennial Values and the Work of Architecture
    • 8. Anytime, Anywhere: Digital Natives and Nomads
    • 9. An Accelerated Tempo: Millennial Time and Territory
  • Part Three: Disruption, Innovation, Continuity
    • 10. Medicine, Law, Architecture: Comparing the Professions
    • 11. What’s Next? The Academy, Licensure, Practice
  • Appendix I. Millennials in Architecture Survey
  • Appendix II. NAAB-Accredited Program Enrollments 2007–2017
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes
  • Index

Darius Sollohub
Newark, New Jersey.

Sollohub is associate professor of architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he has served as director of its school of architecture and infrastructure planning program. He has participated in projects at the American Museum of Natural History, the Santa Fe Opera Theater, and in recovery planning for New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. For his work with Habitat for Humanity, Sollohub won the 2010 NCARB Grand Prize for the Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy.