Constructive Critisism for Cormac Phalen
I have listened to 80% of the catalog and after the RKTEKT Episode #92, I have decided to write a review. Not of the Archispeak podcast itself (which I fully support) but, of the host Cormac Phalen. I have unfortunately on several occasions have had to shut off the podcast because of Cormac's various tenancies I find off putting. Maybe it is subjective but, I find these tendencies common amongst of people of poor outlook or perhaps weak character. These include, filler words (um, like, you know,), getting upset at the established order (Architecture as it is today), cursing extensively to over take a conversation. I could continue but, my intention is to be constructive. Using filler words while you think of your next thing to say is extremely distracting and takes away from your point, which most often is a personal opinion and only of your experience without including generalities or expanding on various related topic's. Regarding the RKTEKT Episode and your second tendency I mentioned above, you are not an Architect and that is why you feel how you feel and are upset at the things you are upset at. The NCARB test absolutely prepares you for practicing Architecture. It covers the minimal basis for Licensure. There is no experience that will replace the legal understanding of contracts and consequences of various actions. You can only learn/understand that from the examination. Your co-host's understand this very well and when they attempt to explain subjects of this nature (to you) you brush them off as if their words have no value. I've heard this, time and time again on a number of episodes. The experience that you have has a cap, and you've reached that cap. Nothing undermines growth like the human Ego. For you to ignore your co-host's wisdom and then tell a mid 20's graduate he or she is not experienced enough to be a licensed Architect is disingenuous to the next generation of Architects. Now that you are testing you are seeing that experience has nothing to do with the minimal requirements to become an Architect. That is the point of the exams, to make you think like an Architect, right now you think like a project manager, experience only gives the ability to execute projects. Experience and the exams are oil and water, they can exist in the same container, they flow the same path if that container is tipped over but, they are not the same liquid. Becoming licensed is one of the most challenging tasks one can take on and the way you spoke about it with such hubris and arrogance was telling that you are not qualified to speak on the subject. Architect's are in demand and the supply is being stifled because of points of view such as yours on the RKTEKT episode. The next generation of Architect's is coming, you will be their elder but, not their superior. Eventually these mid 20's "inexperienced" kids will be stamping your drawings. How are you going to feel about that? Are you going to whine? And say you have more experience, or are you going to buck up and get your license like you should have done so long ago? Look, my intention behind the hard words above are meant to be constructive and give a path for those around you to bring up these topics and progress your thought process. Everyone needs tough love, take a good look in the mirror Cormac, check your ego and open up to what your co-hosts Evan and Neal have to offer. You are obviously very beloved by them and supported by them.
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