Darrick G. Wade

Instructor at Texas Tech University

3601 Fourth St. STOP 6236, Lubbock, Texas, United States
Texas Tech University
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Last Updated 9/7/2016

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Millennials Building for Millennials

Darrick Wade, an instructor and director of external programs at the Texas Tech University College of Architecture, says the heightened creativity of younger architects is producing designs and approaches beyond conventional boundaries.
He left a 13-year private practice three years ago to teach because he's invigorated by the fresh, exciting culture of new designers. While Texas Tech does not specifically teach multifamily architecture, a graduate student usually will design one or two apartment communities or a hotel during their studies. But no matter the project type, today's students can reach deeper into their imaginations for inspiring designs because of the digital world they know. That gives them, in some cases, and advantage over the established guard of architects. "The younger folks can go beyond what we older guys could because of the tools available today," said Wade, a second-generation architect. Far better than the then-revolutionary tool Wade began using soon after getting his architecture license in 1990 - a probe that could be snaked into scale cardboard models and take interior photographs. Wade, whose son is enrolled in Tech's architecture school, likes the idea that the younger generation understands the needs of baby boomer and senior residents. While Millennials are the next frontier for housing, the aging boomer population at about 76 million strong. . "There is still this big bulge of baby boomers working their way through," he said.

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The architects and designers nowadays are speaking a completely different language than they used to twenty, thirty years ago, says Darrick Wade, an instructor and director of external programs at the Texas Tech University College of Architecture in an article for propertymanagementinsider.com.
He describes how high-tech tools, and software that enable students to use their imagination, are creating an enormous difference in approach that goes far beyond the drafting table.

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