Well i am 29, and by the time, you reach that age - you will learn that noone wants to hear about how bad the government is, it just will not get you anywhere, even if there was a glimmer of hope. And this supposition that Clients are unsophisticated nowadays in Ireland doesn't wash either. I mean, i did visuals for a 1 million pound house built by a big American exec in an Irish Tech company. The only problem was, by the time, i was brought in on the project, the house was at eves level.
ANyhow, i gave my visuals on CDROM to the clients wife, who by herself was able to send the lot over the husband in America. He was surprised to see such late arrival of computer visuals for a house that was already at eaves level on site in Ireland. If the clients (wife/husband) had got the visuals 6-months earlier, or a year earlier, they would have been much happier clients. So we as architects need to become a little bit more sophisticated than we are at the moment in Ireland. Or else pay people to come in, as you have suggested, WISELY in previous posts.
Anyhow, the wife came in with a very valid criticism that the visuals would have helped earlier on. The architect had got a number of trained visualists outside the firm, he could have employed, but opted not to. So instead of agreeing with the client, saying yeah, we should have had visuals, what did the old b**** of an architect do? Adopted an indignant pose, told the client to F off, and in the process became totally negative and resentful of all computer technology.
I couldn't work much longer i can tell you under these kinds of conditions, and leave a year after. This is the mentors we have in the profession - sure, he is very articulate in describing the big battles he would like to win against government/planning authorities - he loves that shit, big stuff. But what about the small little battles everyday, that we do have some hope of winning. Are those simply not worthy?
I have learned over the years to pick fights you are meant to fight, pick battles you can win. Basic common everyday sense. If the profession continues the way it is going, it will fight itself back into a corner. And there will be noone left to pick up the pieces.