Well, this certainly explains the bland architectures of the past few decades. Yes, that's your pathetic generation of architects.
Where is your generation's version of Grand Central, the Empire State,
Golden Gate ? Can't think of any ? Instead, we get the Trump Tower or some equivalent non descript high rise.
Whatever you do, don't corrupt the up and coming minds with this minimalist nonsense. Oh yeah, claiming only architects know architecture is lame, buddy.
Closer to home here, have a look at the typical non descript local design. Did one of your buddies design it ?
Where did I say that I was a minimalist?
Does every design need to be heroic and need to be a monument?
Imagine having to eat the egg, butter and honey laden pastry with sliced almonds every morning. I would rather choose a simple toast and butter, however, the grain is fully organic, unbleached and stone-milled, and butter from Normandy.
I strive for extraordinary of ordinariness, not something attention grabbing that ultimately fail as a result of poor detailing, program functions unfulfilled and building bullying its occupants.
Don't let outwardly non-descript building fool your untrained eyes (in most cases, there are uninspiring, however). An unassuming shed that fully satisfies the need of the occupant will no doubt shine over something that screams out look at me but does nothing beyond that.
Bland architecture has much to blame for short-sighted clients as well as architects themselves. If you ever become a client, what are your requirements and priorities within a given restricted budget?
Overall, your cynicism will not help create any inspiring piece of work, be it architecture or not.