12+ h. a day, 6/7 days a week

- edit on 21.03.2015 -

we have been asked to remove the screen­shot of the out­ra­geous email sent by a promi­nent Japan­ese firm because it “pun­ishes the mes­sen­ger rather than the office who made these rules.”

Although we don’t agree, we com­plied with the request.

Our atten­tion is not on the project archi­tect who sent the email, he prob­a­bly used a tem­plate and had to apply rules decided by the office man­age­ment. Our goal, instead, is to trig­ger a crit­i­cal debate and raise aware­ness on the work dynam­ics of the cre­ative indus­try. Famous archi­tects can be con­sid­ered pub­lic fig­ures, and more so if they have been awarded the pres­ti­gious Pritzker Price. Some even act as trans­ver­sal intel­lec­tu­als and cover insti­tu­tional posi­tions; Because of their pub­lic pro­file, they have great respon­si­bil­ity for what they do — both within and out­side the office walls.

We won­der how could any­body per­form a cre­ative work under con­stant phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal pres­sure? How can we design for the peo­ple, if we never meet any? By instill­ing the idea that work in Archi­tec­ture should be a 24/7 affair, the very source of the pro­fes­sion is under­mined. Adopt­ing this come-work-for-free pol­icy, offices not only abuse the basic civil rights of stu­dents and young grad­u­ates, but they also take an unfair advan­tage over their com­peti­tors. They influ­ence the mar­ket and raise gen­er­a­tions of frus­trated practitioners.

And this is exactly why the email caused so much emo­tion. We jump off our socks when read­ing it, but we also accept that Archi­tec­ture should be made with uncon­di­tional sac­ri­fice. It is time to debate the rules of this mar­ket, the ethics and goals of our profession.

It is also impor­tant to men­tion that we, the young, ambi­tious and under­paid, should be the first to real­ize the value of our work and the value of our time. The pyra­mi­dal struc­ture of the archi­tec­ture office is out­dated, you don’t learn from this mas­ters more than you can learn from your network.

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10 thoughts on “12+ h. a day, 6/7 days a week

  1. Conrad Newel says:

    @Colt Siev­ers
    I will be the first to agree with you on all counts. I would love to read that arti­cle. If you ever want to pub­lish it on my blogg please do not hes­i­tate to con­tact me.

  2. Colt Sievers says:

    @Conrad

    hav­ing worked in one of those offices that you men­tion, I have found your post as much provoca­tive as naïve and sim­plis­tic. I should make an entire post to explain why… will leave that for later.
    Thanks, any­way, to keep the dis­cus­sion alive

  3. Conrad Newel says:

    @slartibartfast
    I think you are miss­ing my spe­cific sense of humor as agata pointed out. :)

    1. slartibartfast says:

      right… irony or sar­casm in non-audible com­mu­ni­ca­tion… a class of its own.

    2. Conrad Newel says:

      Besides my ter­ri­ble dic­tion or lack thereof this raises another issue.
      Should we really feel out­rage or sym­pa­thy for these interns?
      After all the ones who can afford to take these kind of jobs are the sons and daugh­ters of the wealthy.
      What this let­ter is, is infact sym­bolic cap­i­tal and social sig­nif­i­cance for sale.
      The rich kid can buy this piece of sig­nif­i­cance for among other rea­sons to go to a party and say to his less afflu­ent coun­ter­part, “hey I work for SANAA, or DS+R or who­ever. Where do you work again?”

      Its a sta­tus sym­bol, just like a porsche, or a pri­vate jet. Afford­able to a selected few that can afford it.

  4. Robert Shimer says:

    I hope the appli­cant replied, thanks for noth­ing I can starve at home , and I doubt I would learn that much there except how to take advan­tage of oth­ers for my per­sonal gain. I hope to pro­vide my archi­tec­ture as art to make the world a bet­ter place, not make my self rich on the backs of others

    1. Conrad Newel says:

      Hi

      This is Con­rad Newel.

      The ques­tion should be why would this project man­ager think that any­one would want to take a job under such hor­ren­dous conditions?

      There are in fact lots of com­pelling reasons!

      The econ­omy of the star­chi­tec­ture pro­fes­sion is such that value is not just sim­ply a mat­ter of money in exchange for labor.

      There is sym­bolic value in work­ing for a firm like SAANA. They know it, the hun­dreds of stu­dents that bom­bard them with CV’s ask­ing for intern­sips know it, the whole archi­tec­ture pro­fes­sion knows it. So this should not be as draw drop­ping as every­one seem to be mak­ing it out to be.

      There is a whole cul­ture and sys­tem of sym­bolic val­ues that made such a sit­u­a­tion and such an email pos­si­ble. And every­one is cul­pa­ble here, from the peo­ple who award the pres­ti­gious prizes, the schools that invite and cel­e­brate star­chi­tects, the mag­a­zines that pub­lish them, and the cen­ters of archi­tec­tures around the world that put their works on a pedestal.

      I wrote more about it here in this post.
      http://​famousar​chi​tect​.blogspot​.com/​2​0​1​5​/​0​2​/​1​0​3​-​u​n​p​o​p​u​l​a​r​-​p​r​o​p​o​s​a​l​-​a​r​g​u​m​e​n​t​-​f​o​r​-​w​h​y​.​h​tml

      I am play­ing devil’s advo­cate here with tongue firmly in cheek.
      But it out­lines some of the more com­pelling rea­sons why this is a fanat­i­cally attrac­tive offer for any stu­dent who wants to assim­i­late the world of high architecture.

      And until this cul­ture changes, this event will be a tem­po­rary glip of out­rage until another star­chi­tect firm gets care­less and makes another fuck up of an email.

    2. agata says:

      @Conrad is this arti­cle you wrote on unpaid interns for real or do you just have very spe­cific sense of humour? Same with your sex­ist arti­cle on female archi­tects. Hope­fully you are joking :)

    3. slartibartfast says:

      @Conrad Newel
      You are draw­ing quite a career minded sce­nario there in your post­ing, in an imag­i­na­tive world of glam­our and star­dom. If this image is, what keeps your engine dri­ving… fine.
      Oth­ers might have dif­fer­ent moti­va­tions work­ing in this pro­fes­sion, than brag­ging at a party about ones ‘cool’ employer.
      Isn’t archi­tec­ture about social issues in the first place, rather than build­ing sky­scrap­ers in Dubai?
      If interns are con­tribut­ing to an offices work­force and thereby to its suc­cess, they should be com­pen­sated accord­ingly, at least to cover bare exis­ten­tial needs, such as rent and food.
      Sim­ple thing.

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@Colt Sievers I will be the first to agree with you on all counts. I would love to read that article. If you ever want to publish it on my blogg please do not hesitate to contact me.

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@Conrad having worked in one of those offices that you mention, I have found your post as much provocative as naive and simplistic. I should make an entire post to explain why... will leave that for later. Thanks, anyway, to keep the discussion alive

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2015-03-23 16:45:07

Besides my terrible diction or lack thereof this raises another issue. Should we really feel outrage or sympathy for these interns? After all the ones who can afford to take these kind of jobs are the sons and daughters of the wealthy. What this letter is, is infact symbolic capital and social significance for sale. The rich kid can buy this piece of significance for among other reasons to go to a party and say to his less affluent counterpart, "hey I work for SANAA, or DS+R or whoever. Where do you work again?" Its a status symbol, just like a porsche, or a private jet. Affordable to a selected few that can afford it.