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:

Dear _____

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?

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4 thoughts on “Survey

  1. Colt Sievers says:

    Hi Agata, the sur­vey ended up in a dig­i­tal pub­li­ca­tion that is avail­able online on ISSUU, below the link:


    1. agata says:

      bril­liant, thanks a lot.

  2. agata says:

    I remem­ber the sur­vey, any idea what hap­pened further?

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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.

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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.