Many have been memorized by the 3D visualization, or the potential to actually quantify and manage the complexity of what a building actually is. Technology is enabling us to efficiently and efficiently manage what we have while also enabling us to go bigger if you will.
in order to but into this idea that Architecture and BIM will have to adjust your thinking a little as I have. In the fewest of words I subscribe to the idea of Architect as master builder. I know if anything this is very classical and not that modern if you look at how professionally architects are now defined. With a profession of thousands of years of history in relativity short order the professional significance of the Architect has eroded to be what I would consider nothing more that a glorified building designer. Yes, the Architect still maintains ethical and social responsibilities but I question if those are maintained by choice. If it were not for the a system of law that is very much based on precedence would architects have simply walked away from such responsibilities. Form a business perspective I would say yes. From a moral perspective i'm less sure, but troubled to the extent the precedence leaving us less bound to the maintaining these obligations.
I for see in a not to distant future a reshaping of the professional landscape where the concept of master builder re emerges. Driving this is the current desire of the Architect to pass on liability and risk to others rather than maintain and manage them. As the Architect has walked away from risk and liability, others have picked it up, mostly the contractor. While it has not happened yet, I think that without intervention the Contractor will assume the roll of master builder. I believe this to be as more and more of the knowledge of how buildings go together shift from the realm of the Architect to that of the contractor. This enables the contractor to take on more risk and liability, which in successful ventures results more profit. So you have a situation where to protect what is sacred the the architect (presumably design) has given away most everything else.
If anything BIM present the means for the architect to start taking back the rolls that have been doled out in the past. BIM offers the opportunity to more effective manage risk, liability as well as potentially offer new services. As the broad definition of Architect has been striped down BIM offers the opportunity to expand it once more. If Architects don't harness this (and I suspect they won't) contractors will. Either of these two roads leads to the same thing a merger that restores the role of master builder.The question remains will the Architect leverage BIM to take back the liabilities and risks now associated with the contractors role. Or, will the contractor continue to to acquire all the aspects of the architectural profession until it exist no more?