Architecture is becoming extinct as a service profession. More and more, clients are eschewing architecture for more off the shelf product, often induced by builders and developers, who REALLY control design, except for the fortunate few. The process of the profession is slow and not agile. Most of our time is spent documenting our projects in two dimensions. And when we're finished with that, we watch as contractors, subcontractors, clients, and city authorities tear our drawings apart, withering what creativity we've infused into the design with multiple constraints. In a nutshell, we don't have that much control over architecture, that art or craft or whatever it's now called.
The light at the end of the tunnel? technology and business savvy.