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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@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