Now Is Not Too Soon

Now Is Not Too Soon

Now Is Not Too Soon

1 Formal CPD Point

Available on demand


In this presentation, Thomas Fisher talks about the architectural impact of the media revolution and the importance of architecture in our new economy and social function. Thomas explores concepts such as "Third Wave Thinking" and the "Third Industrial Revolution" and how the design and architectural community can find new ways to meet people's needs. 


This presentation is equivalent to 1 hour/point of formal CPD and will deliver outcomes related to the following Competency/s from the National Standard of Competency for Architects:

2015 Competencies:

Design: Conceptual Design
3.6 Assessment of the economic impact on the project of design strategies and options.

Design: Schematic Design
4.2 Evaluation of design options against values of physical, environmental and cultural contexts.

2021 Competencies:

Project Initiation and Conceptual Design:

PC 29 Be able to develop and evaluate design options in terms of the heritage, cultural and community values embodied in the site, and in relation to project requirements. 


Learning Outcomes

At the end of this session participants should be able to:

  • Identify the transformation in media and the impact that it will have on the social function and social roll out of architects
  • Explore the architectural impacts of the media revolution
  • Recognise the importance of architecture in our new economy
  • Describe how Thomas Fisher believes how the design and architectural community can contribute in new ways to meeting people’s needs
  • How the “Third Industrial Revolution” and “Third Wave Thinking” impacts architecture



    University of Minnesota

    Thomas Fisher is a professor in the School of Architecture, the Dayton Hudson Chair in Urban Design at the University of Minnesota, and Director of the Metropolitan Design Center at the College of Design. He is a graduate of Cornell University in architecture and Case Western Reserve University in intellectual history. Named a top-25 design educator four times by Design Intelligence, he has also lectured widely at universities and in the professional and public sphere.

    Thomas has written extensively about architectural design, practice, and ethics. He has written nine books and his writings have appeared in many books, journals and publications. His newest book, Designing our Way to a Better World, will come out in 2016, and he is working on a book on ‘On-Demand Cities’.






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