While I always felt archi­tec­ture should sur­pass the purely func­tional and aes­thetic, this idea became stronger over the years. read more


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  1. The misuse of the internship contract

    Look­ing at the out­put of the sur­vey, and in par­tic­u­lar, the aver­age wage and work hours, the results appear to be in line with the law. How­ever, by care­fully read­ing the sta­tis­tics, a more alarm­ing phe­nom­e­non can be rec­og­nized:
    31% of inter­vie­wees belong to the group of grad­u­ated archi­tects (hold­ing a mas­ter or higher degree) work­ing under an intern­ship agree­ment or sub­jected to under-the-table agree­ments involv­ing no con­tract.
    By focus­ing on the par­tic­u­lars of this 31%, one dis­cov­ers that the great major­ity (86%) of archi­tects have com­pleted at least one or more years of work expe­ri­ence in the field of archi­tec­ture. This rep­re­sents the most con­tro­ver­sial find­ing of the sur­vey, since it under­lines a grow­ing trend, which is the weak­en­ing of the power of labor.

    Within the realm of archi­tec­tural prac­tices (from one-man com­pa­nies up to multi­na­tion­als) there exists a need to re-define con­trac­tual con­di­tions and methods/modalities of prac­tice in order to re-establish the dig­nity of the workers.

    In a moment of eco­nomic, polit­i­cal and cul­tural cri­sis it is unlikely to secure work­ers by adopt­ing tra­di­tional means.
    Assum­ing it is impos­si­ble for the labor mar­ket to pro­vide sta­bil­ity, being flex­i­ble remains the way to go for most of the companies.

    How­ever, what should a worker do? Is it pos­si­ble for a worker to achieve a (/n eco­nomic) bal­ance by means of flex­i­bil­ity?!
    How can a per­son pro­vide for his/her future when hav­ing to jump from one tem­po­rary con­tract to another , quite pos­si­bly incur­ring long peri­ods of unemployment?

  2. The reasons


    Seem­ingly a naïf ques­tion, it instead addresses one of the most unpal­pap­ble, unwrit­ten dis­putes on prac­tic­ing Archi­tec­ture: The hid­den agenda. The plan for the future. It is, in a way, the: “what do you want to be as a grown up” kind of ques­tion. read on…

  3. Survey


    18Oktoberdam is a tem­po­rary col­lec­tive of young archi­tects who met in Decem­ber 2011 in an attic apart­ment some­where in the West of Rot­ter­dam.
    Most of them were work­ing for low salaries, despite, they claimed, their tal­ent and ded­i­ca­tion. They were deter­mined to change things.

    read on…

  4. What Architect stands for in 201x

    In the Euro­pean Con­ti­nent the role of the archi­tect has dete­ri­o­rated dur­ing the last decade; from tak­ing a seat at the polit­i­cal ‘table’ of Europe, archi­tects have dropped (in the best cases) to the posi­tion of make-up artists for devel­op­ers.
    The large com­mis­sions given by gov­ern­ments have ended, demar­cat­ing the end of archi­tects’ involve­ment as pub­lic intel­lec­tual figures.

    Nowa­days, archi­tects have become either extremely global or extremely local. This means that one can work from Ams­ter­dam design­ing a build­ing in Brazil or South Korea, or one can oper­ate in Antwerp only fol­low­ing local projects.

    More­over, the new gen­er­a­tion has become inter­ested in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary col­lab­o­ra­tions and small assign­ments (tem­po­rary instal­la­tions, small exhi­bi­tions, inte­ri­ors, teach­ing), as a strat­egy to reach eco­nomic independence.

    There is a new pro­fes­sional trend that can be iden­ti­fied; aside from con­ven­tional prac­tice, young archi­tects are start­ing to design, real­ize and sell diverse prod­ucts, thus invad­ing the field of small-scale prod­uct design.

    This direct approach to design, pro­duc­tion and sale allows them to max­i­mize profit, espe­cially when this involves small, rel­a­tively afford­able prod­ucts.
    This process can hap­pen with­out inter­me­di­aries and ren­ders the archi­tect both entrepreneur/producer and trader: the new cre­ative craftsman.

  5. La Philosophie Positive


    In rev­o­lu­tion­ary times, those who accord them­selves, with an extra­or­di­nary arro­gance, the facile credit for hav­ing enflamed anar­chy in their con­tem­po­raries, read on…

  6. Lunch Break


    They were aston­ished.
    How could they miss it? There it was, right in front of them.
    A smoked Nor­we­gian salmon filet, the finest qual­ity, promi­nently posi­tioned in the fridge. That day, they were alone in the office, because the other intern was on a forced hol­i­day to recover from food poi­son­ing con­tracted ear­lier that week.

    read on…

  7. coffee ‘n jeans

    as the job oppor­tu­ni­ties in Archi­tec­ture are lack­ing, archi­tects are forced to look for design related jobs in com­pa­nies estab­lished in other fields. read on…


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

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on Survey

2015-04-01 13:27:31

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

2015-03-23 18:10:56

@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.

Colt Sievers

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

2015-03-23 16:58:10

@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

Conrad Newel

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

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.


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

2015-03-23 16:33:21

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

Conrad Newel

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

2015-03-23 15:54:17

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


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

2015-03-23 12:15:26

@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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2015-03-23 00:27:29

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

2015-03-22 18:00:15

@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 :)