âArchitects should be killedâ, some politicians have publicly declared. Recent articles have also maintained that âthe pressure exerted on architects is unprecedentedâ, or even asserted that âarchitects are the last people who should shape our citiesâ. These statements are undoubtedly alarming. They raise the question: Is the architect still considered useful in our society? And if this is the general perception or even the consensus, is it not urgent to defend the architectural profession? In the face of these questions, weâll examine the actions taken and the messages conveyed by professional associations in different countries to promote the role of the architect.