Dear forum members.
I was reading the Mondays Age and noticed an article by the 'property editor'. Name is unimportant but by pure speculation, probably an ex real estate agent. It was an article bemoaning the acute skills shortage in the building industry which is already delaying the construction of many project's but is projected to get worse with many retiring and or fleeing to WA and Singapore no doubt. The flow on affect was that the housing crisis is set to worsen.
The journalist was referring to a recently released survey that was obviously an open question type survey where one is asked to, by way of opinion, list in order of importance the most critically short to the least. The journo then constructed his article around builders and engineers (surveyors and town planners not mentioned) and project managers all of whom rated for between 25% and 45% of respondents. Right at the end of the article, in a barely enunciated sentence that was virtually a postscript, the one trade that more than 50% of respondents cited as critical was "shop draftsmen".
In the great Australian tradition of understated ignorance, drafting and design is still of no consequence to this 'spokesman', who is also ignorant of demographics it seems, even as he is quoting the evidence from the horses mouth.
I am going the go out on a very short limb here and say that i am willing to bet that in the manner of all simplistic surveys, that architects and designers were lumped into the category of "shop draftsmen" in the same way that I bet town planners and landscape architects were lumped in with surveyors. They probably didn't get a mention because they are even less worthy of existence than designer draftees.
Am I wrong to be annoyed that the profession of design is so belittled in this country that 'shop draftsmen' I know definitely includes designers and probably not just a few architects. I have heard repeatedly from in trade professionals and council officers that designers and architects are light on the ground and so to town planners and landscape architects.
Why is designing and drafting so belittled, that a journo can paraphrase a survey screaming out that that trade is THE MOST cited as in critical shortage and yet practically dismiss it for his sensationalist article of impending doom for the housing industry, with a truncated footnote. ??? Agog looking emoticon!!!
Any more thoughts on this issue?