What I do, as an Architect and a person, is learn how to create a wonderful domestic life. 'Wonder' in this case, means not only pretty - and pretty* is very important! - but also helpful.
A wonderful home to me, provides shelter. It is as efficient as possible - just the right size for its' inhabitants' examined* lives. It 'helps' them focus on the lives they want to lead. It isn't too big - which puts too much strain on our environment - there isn't enough planet* to go around for everyone to have a McMansion* and if we did, we'd waste so much of the economy cleaning and airconditioning them. It isn't too small - which leads to people dreaming about McMansions, and trying to live in a someday future*.
A wonderful home resists the elements. It reflects heat*, but absorbs warmth*. It keeps out the chill*, but stays cool*. It allows sunny rooms and breezy days*. It allows easy cleaning *, and doesn't grow mold and mildew*.
A wonderful home allows the occupants to interact with their neighborhood*. To grow a garden*, to see the kids playing in the street. To host a party, yet allow someone to withdraw to make a phone call. To pursue projects*.
And I want everyone to be able to afford* such a place to live, so I'm willing to pursue unusual* ways to get there. It's a pretty wonderful life.
* - indicates future post topics; look for 'MP's, aka 'Manifesto Points'.