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.
18Oktoberdam organized an online survey to gather information on working conditions in the field of Architecture. The result (170+ entries) is a showcase of individuals who have struggled to find a way in a mutating market. Their stories come as a wake-up call to all workers in the field.
If you participated, you received the following email:
18oktoberdam is a group of people working in the field of Architecture who want to talk about it.
We think that our profession is, at this moment, misinterpreted.
Offices abuse the system of internships, underpayment is accepted as normal and working with a proper contract has become a rare luxury.
We would like to collect actual data about the conditions of our work, so we can make everyone aware of it. It is very important to raise awareness among people, as it can also send a strong message to those in charge of legislations.
If you agree with us, and want to help, please click on the following link and answer a few questions. It will take about 3 minutes. Feel free to leave out any questions you do not feel comfortable answering due to privacy issues.
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If you want you can also contact us to get more involved.
There will be a lot to do, in the coming months!
Thanks for taking part, and good luck.
The list of questions to be answered:
A What is your nationality?
A1 Do you have a work permit?
B1 What is the highest level of your Architectural education?
B2 How many years of working experience do you have in the field of Architecture?
B3 Are you currently working?
C What type of contract do you have?
D5 What is the duration of your contract? (Freelance only)
E1 What is the name of the office?
E3 What is the location of the office?
F1 Why are you working there?
E2 Please state the approximate number of empolyees in the office
F2 What is approximately the percentage of interns in this office?
F4 How many hours do you work per week accoring to your contract?
F5 How many hours do you ACTUALLY work on average per week?
F6 Do you receive compensation for overwork?
G What is your average monthly (netto) income?
H Do you have any other comment?