On Thursday, April 26th AIA Houston assembled some of the industries’ most influential leaders including the Director of Design at PDR, Jackie Wheat. The morning began with a networking breakfast, and then lead into the Panelist Power Hour.
An overarching theme of the Panelist Power Hour was an emphasis on humanity. Today, we are faced with a world that is rapidly changing. The majority of our day is consumed looking at a screen. Many of us now order our groceries online, and Netflix can predict what shows we want to watch. One huge way that technology is growing is its ability to be customized, almost as if it knows what we want when we want it.
It is important to adapt to the change, but at the end of the day the most important connections are the human to human interactions. Jackie Wheat stated, “Empathy is what differentiates us from everything.” It’s empathy that impacts our work to improve the human experience by connecting people and place for organizations to thrive.