When people talk about spending to stimulate the economy, governments are often quick to turn to “shovel ready” projects. According to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the CanInfra Challenge, we have an infrastructure deficit in the range of hundreds of billions of dollars. We tend to think of infrastructure as big-ticket things like bridges, transit projects, pipelines and highways. Infrastructure is architecture: schools, community centres, social housing, health care facilities, theatres and arts venues. The reality is that most of our infrastructure is designed by architects.