Looking for a good quote to get you moving? In search of some instant inspiration? Sometimes words can provide this more readily than images.
During research for my book, BIM and Integrated Design: Strategies for Architectural Practice (Wiley, 2011) I came across some pretty inspiring people and kept a record of the things they had to say.
And while the best quotes remain in the book, some quotes didn’t make it into the final copyedited manuscript.
Not all of these mention BIM or Integrated Design directly, but nonetheless they’re here to help motivate you in your pursuits.
Hope you find these editor’s cuts as inspirational as I do.
Let me know if you have a favorite quote – even one of your own. Thanks!
Evolutions such as BIM have the potential to facilitate—or further complicate—integrated work.
Julie Gabrielli and Amy E. Gardner
If only one book were to be written about BIM, it might have “DON’T PANIC” printed in large uppercase letters on the front cover.
BIM still continues to be very much at the forefront of our professional consciousness. This is hardly surprising, since BIM has been universally acknowledged as a ‘disruptive technology’ for the AEC industry, much more than CAD or even computing ever was, and it is causing us all to rethink our processes and identities.
A tree growing out of the ground is as wonderful today as it ever was. It does not need to adopt new and startling methods.
All human societies go through fads in which they temporarily either adopt practices of little use or else abandon practices of considerable use.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Attributed to Mark Twain
Evolution of BIM implementation came in parallel with willingness to collaborate and share project information, the move toward integrated practice that is much talked about in the industry.
Phillip G. Bernstein
Vision without execution is a hallucination.
A good idea is about ten percent and implementation and hard work, and luck is 90 percent.
It’s never too late to be who you might have been.
The biggest thing about BIM is that it’s moving us back to interdisciplinary work.[i]
Most firms begin their exploration of BIM doing comfortable 3D visualization and move systematically through more complex uses; the most advanced users integrate their project approach using BIM throughout the supply chain. Almost by definition, more advanced usage – such as analysis and production – requires collaboration throughout more of the project team.[ii]
Phillip G. Bernstein
The future belongs to the integrators.
People don’t resist change. They resist being changed!
If architects do not take the leadership role on integrated practice, they will cede this turf to another entity.[iii]
Barbara Golter Heller
Followers are more important to leaders than leaders are to followers.
Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.
The most common criticism leveled at the process of architectural education is that it does not adequately prepare students to be fully participating members in architectural practice. Students invariably do not gather all the skills necessary to create a work of architecture independently and must, therefore, endure a lengthy term of apprenticeship.[iv]
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those that may do well under the new. (Changing the “order of things” is difficult because the people who are certain of what they will lose will oppose it. And the people who are uncertain of their gains won’t support it.)
We can’t become what we need by remaining what we are.
Now it’s your turn. What’s your favorite quote?
[i] Liston, Kathleen, AIA TAP BIM Awards Jury Comments, 2009
[ii] Bernstein, Phillip G., BIM Adoption: Finding Patterns for a New Paradigm, Design Intelligence, 2006
[iii] Heller, Barbara Golter, http://www.di.net/articles/archive/red_business_blue_business/, Red Business, Blue Business, 2008
[iv] MacDougall, Carlin, A Marriage of Ideals and Technology, www.di.net, 2001
4 responses to “BIM and Integrated Design Quotes”
BIM is going to be a long journey, but it’s important, where we drive it to.
Nice one. Thanks!
My favorite is the “DON´T PANIC” one!!! I have a friend who needs this advise in his bedroom ceiling so he can read every day before he sleeps and after waking.
I agree, Gustavo. That quote is one of my favorites too. We all need reminding sometimes.